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2019-02-22 21:40:52 UTC









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Ron D. Smith
12408 W. Candlelight Dr.
Sun City West 85375
United States, Arizona

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Call data

Last update:2019-02-04 18:20:36
Main prefix:K
Federal state:Arizona
US county:Maricopa
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:6
CQ Zone:3
ULS record:732796

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QSL dataUp to date!

Last update:2019-01-15 16:47:24
Bureau QSL:YES
Direct QSL:YES
Extra QSL Info:OQRS via Club Log or Direct with GS or SASE


What’s happening to CW & it’s operators?

It seems that anymore everyone is into 599 and adios! NOT COOL!

What has happened to good ole rag chews? I’ve only be on the air 32 years, but the changes I am seeing is starting to bother me. Yes, there are still a few folks that like to converse, but what has changed?

I realize that there are times when 5NN is all that is needed, but what about getting to know some of your fella hams during those other times. I love to chase DX, so I know being on the other end is not easy and all that is required is 5NN and a TU. I know since I started the technology has greatly improved. You can now send CW with a touch of a button. You can also copy the same way, that leaves me very sad. We all worked very hard for that 20-wpm test and it just seems like after the FCC changed things most got lazy, or never learned the code properly in the first place.

Many operators pride themselves as being High Speed senders. It used to be common etiquette to try and match the sending speed of the person sending CQ. This also seems to be a thing that is no longer done. I know at times I slip up and send too fast for others, I finally catch myself and slow up. We all started out in the same place and I know I am very proud of my ability to copy Morse in my head, but others may not be so lucky. Just a little common courtesy goes a long way.

There is a new generation of CW ops who will do anything to be worked. All one has to do is spend some time just listening on the bands at the ones that send their call over and over not even listening to the station they are trying to work. Then like spoiled children they go out and buy a bigger amp, just knowing that will get them noticed. One would be amazed at what they can work with 100 watts if they would just try it. Yes, even in poor conditions you can work anything you can hear with 100 watts. I love the ones that call CQ DX with a huge signal but can’t hear who is calling them back. Take more time and get a good antenna system before you pour that money into a KW.

I am sure there are many reading this that say, this guy is nuts. Well could be, but I sure hope some of the great CW ops I run into agree with this. What is happening to our hobby, do we need to set in front of the TV and push a button to work the rare one? Get on the air like in the old days and meet some of your fella hams, learn about others and make friends with some of the best people in the world.

Best Regards,
Ron N7RD

Worked DXCCs:


Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark V Transceiver
YF-114CN, YF-114SN, YF-115C filters for CW installed
YAESU FP-29 Power Supply
YAESU SP-8 External Speaker
Ameritron AL-811H Amp
Yaesu FL-2100B Amp
Sony MDR-XD200 Headset
CN-801 HP Type Daiwa SWR & Power Meter
1972 Vibroplex Vibro-Keyer
Bencher BY-1 Key
K1EL Winkeyer
Hy-Gain TH-3 Mk3 Yagi 10-15-20 Meters
Hustler 6-BTV ground mounted with 48 radials
450 Ohm fed dipole at 40' for 40 & 80 Mtrs.
Icom IC-706MKIIG mobile & 6 meters use
4 Element 52-4S Arrow Yagi for 6 Meters
Alinco DM-34OMV Power Supply
Heath-kit SA-2040 Tuner

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