[CQ-Contest] Eliminate SO Unassisted?

Zack Widup w9sz at prairienet.org
Mon Jun 16 07:57:43 EDT 2008

On Sun, 15 Jun 2008, Doug Renwick wrote:

> You do not need cw skills to get a licence any longer.  However, this
> DOES NOT prevent you from acquiring cw skills.  If you wish to enter a
> cw contest, train yourself in cw, regardless of what you did to get a
> licence.  The change in licensing requirements may reduce the number of
> future cw enthusiasts, but does not prevent you from training in cw.
> IMO some rules were changed to make amateur radio more like, cough,
> cough, CB, and supposedly attract more people to amateur radio in face
> of heavy competition from other technology.

And is that working?  At the last few hamfest VE sessions I observed from 
outside, I noticed the applicants numbered about the same as they did 
10 years ago.

73, Zack W9SZ

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