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RE: Digital is worthless

"A message can get through just by touching two 
wires together!" And all this time I thought the
sender needed a transmitter, the receiver needed a 
receiver, and both sides required a power source and
antenna. I submit to you that CW is useless because
you need all kinds of equipment (including an old 
timer that knows morse code) to make it work. The
only dependable means of communication in an emergency 
is face to face. Let's leave it at that and not get
all mucked up in all this new-fangled technology.

>Field day was great for our club out in the open and on a hill in north 
>Baltimore county. One thing was noticed when trying to operate APRS, packet

>and the sats.  Digital modes are worthless for any type of emergency,
>simulated or contest setup. The time it takes to  get them setup and
>is not worth the effort at all. Computer screens cannot be seen during 
>daylight hours oudoors, various rigs will not work with just any TNC etc.  
>Our club has found that the only dependable means of communicating every 
>single time is the use of CW. A message can get through just by touching
>wires together if need be. Fortunately there is still much use of CW in the

>HF bands where we racked up a very good score because CW contacts were
>2 points this year on Field Day. The visitors that brought the digital 
>equipment to try and help our score had no expertise whatsoever in using CW

>and had to just sit around and listen, ( we used them for the labor part of

>breaking down ).  Anyway, is is terrible that many hams no longer are 
>interested in using the simplest and most reliable mode of communications.

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