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Re: Amateur License restructuring announcement.

Some of us are really happy about this.  I have tried off and on, (mostly 
on) spending hundreds of hours trying to get up to 13 WPM, for
about the last 12 years.

Ham radio convinced me to become a EE, and work for a radio company (on 
state of the art radios!!!).

It has led me on a path to have a comfortable life doing work I enjoy.

I have brought about 10 others into the hobby.  All of them are them
are extremely bright (read: Engineers, Computer Scientists and Scientists).  
A couple of them are actually active.  None
of them ever got interested enough to pass a 13 WPM test.  All would
make fine HF ops.  I could have brought 30 more people into the hobby
if the Morse requirements were not so strict.  (I was the president
of the "Rose-Tech Radio Club" at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology for 2 
years, and VP for a year, when I was in college.)

Many of these people work in communication related companies now also-- I'd 
like to think I influenced that.  I think I now can talk
some of them into upgrading.

All of you code enthusiasts, please, instead of writing complaints,
try to help and encourage us "slowcoders" to learn the code.  It isn't easy 
for some of us.  I've been called "lazy" so many times for not getting my 
code up over about 9 WPM that I have considered quitting the hobby several 
times.  I really can't-- I love it too much.

I *can* operate CW-- just I have to think about it a little.  In the
10-m contest I was part of a multi-op station.  No one was sending at
less than 20 WPM in the CW section.  We did do some CW operating-- it
took two or three of us multiple times to get the reports.  (The other
guys were Advanced class ops.) Maybe if you guys would slow down 
occasionally, some of us newbie might think it is possible to communicate 
with other hams without less than a couple years study at the PC first.  It 
would be really nice.  Even the CW on the novice bands usually fly.  I could 
complete a contact at 8 WPM..HOWEVER 90%
of the ops out there are not patient enough to work a beginner.

I am going to probably become an Extra class (I'm a pre-1987 Technician, and 
I've passed the Advanced and Extra writtens twice, and never got the 
high-speed code) within a month of April 15th-- and I'd like to become a 
VE..  I've devoted my life to radio, and honestly I don't care if you CW 
fanatics think I deserve the privledges or not.  I do... and the FCC does 
now also...  and it is about time.

I just hope that we can get some more of the technical folks like the
ones that I work with that have held off for so many years in getting
licensed because of the code into the hobby.  Anyone of these people
could devise something that will revolutionize ham radio....

Fred Spinner, W0FMS


>From: K5OE@aol.com
>To: railfan@flash.net, vlfiscus@mcn.net, amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
>Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Amateur License restructuring announcement.
>Date: Thu, 30 Dec 1999 20:28:46 EST
>I agree it will be good for the hobby.  I do not agree code is dead.  As
>anecdotal evidence:  according to ARRL statistics, the CW contests have 
>log entries than the phone contests.  To address your question about do we
>really need code:  at 1425 this morning I completed an AO-10 QSO with JA7MJ
>on CW with signals so weak I had to strain to hear the dits--and lost even
>those in the fades.  There is no other (amateur radio) technology available
>to me that would have allowed that conversation to take place other than 
>Regardless, this was a bold move by the FCC in face of the resistance from
>the ARRL, but it will pave the wave for world-wide adoption of easier 
>paths in the next IARU session.
>Jerry, K5OE

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