"Joe BelowAverage", "Joe SixPack", his bother-in-law "Joe Geriatric", his
cousins, "Joe CW-ReligiousFreak", "Joe Control-Freak", etc are already
amateurs... in amongst them are a few, currently active and current
hardware techs (but not many these days)...
"Joe ComputerSavvy" will be working on other protocols for data xfer on
HF... and running a computer wan on HF... probably actively petitioning
for changes to allow such...
And, of course, we all expect "Joe ChickenBander" to be there... as much
a BS'er as any you can now find on 160-80-75-and-on-up...
And, "Joe RepeaterUser" will probably continue to dwindle, repeaters pale
the most when compared to the internet, their only possible use for local
I am hoping all radio will go digital audio packet (for all phone)--one
freq can be used for multiple QSOs' at a time, with no interfearence
between, no ear will be of use anymore (packets are decoded and sent
though the sound card), the computer becomes the "shack gear"... and hams
are forced to update... some are already playing with this in the Ghz...
On Fri, 05 Aug 2005 18:38:48 -0400, Dee Flint wrote:
"John Smith" wrote in message
Look, they pose the most excellent argument, to their own argument, if you
First, they say there that CW is a useful current protocol, and that it is
useful, then they say people are going to flock to use it and keep CW
alive no matter what...
I've seen no one say that people will "flock to use it". However there is
reason to think that enough people will choose to use it to keep this as an
Then, they turn around and argue to keep the test, why? Because deep
inside their brain, at the center where the denial does not exist, they
realize without forcing people to learn morse, not many will (darn few in
my best estimate.)
I'd expect avid QRP enthusiasts and contesters to have quite a bit of
However, I agree that "Joe Average" may not pursue it unfortunately if not
required to learn a very minimal, basic level of performance. Due to all
the activities of those trying to eliminate the test, he may falsely believe
it to be beyond his abilities. We may end up with only the very elite
operators, i.e. those who learn easily and progress to lightning speeds.
The casual ragchewer (i.e. the person who operates at around 13wpm or so)
may find slim pickings.
Isn't it quite obvious? They fool themselves (else they are liars), but
if they fool you, think how others will judge the weight of your
It is all pretty clear, think about it...
Dee D. Flint, N8UZE