[CQ-Contest] CW or SSB FCC says neither.

al_lorona at agilent.com al_lorona at agilent.com
Thu Jul 18 23:26:23 EDT 2002

I know what you mean. I guess it makes little sense to use:

Sails in the age of boats with motors,
Pianos in the age of electronic keyboards,
Cotton in the age of polyester,
Gas stoves in the age of microwave ovens,
Hardy Boys in the age of Harry Potter,
Cash in the age of credit cards,
The local hardware store in the age of Home Depot,
Religion in the age of paganism,
Mozart in the age of Brittney Spears,
Eyeglasses in the age of laser surgery,
Actually going shopping in the age of buying on-line,
and books in the age of computers.

Anything old is bad. Anything new is not only better, but should replace
the old, and nobody should use the old anymore. Cuz it's old. Anyone who
does is just... well... old-fashioned, and is holding back the hobby from

I can't believe the chairman made those comments, if he did make those comments. Isn't it Colin Powell's son, or am I thinking of somebody else?

Dave, where did you get this information?

Al,  W6LX

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "David L. Thompson" <thompson at mindspring.com>
> To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
> Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2002 6:30 PM
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] CW or SSB FCC says neither.
> > The new FCC Chairman told a group of hams that its time for amateurs
> to move
> > to the new modes
> > and leave what he considers are obsolete modes.   He said (and ARRL
> agrees)
> > that a mode such as PSK31 is superior to CW in weak signal
> environments.
> > Amateurs are working each other with QRP where signals are below the
> noise
> > threshold.  Listen to the speaker and there is nothing!
> >
> > The FCC Chairman also stated that CW is no longer in use in DOD
> applications
> > and is rapidly disappearing in Commercial Marine communications.
> >
> > So are we getting in disfavor with the FCC by sticking to CW or SSB?
> >
> > 73 Dave K4JRB

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