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    Why Ham Radio Endures in a World of Tweets

    Why Ham Radio Endures in a World of Tweets | Epicenter*| Wired.com

    DXers have been exchanging QSL cards since at least 1916, when Edward Andrews of Philadelphia — call sign 3TQ — recorded the receipt of a card from 8VX of Buffalo, NY. Over the next decade, the hobby took off — so much so that, by 1928, Paul Segal (W9EEA) had formulated an “amateur’s code” setting out six key qualities to which practitioners must adhere: “The radio amateur is considerate… loyal … progressive … friendly … balanced … [and] patriotic,” Segal specified, always ready for service to country and community.
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    the one thing that alway amazed me about Ham qualification was that you needed to learn a dead technology. CW/Morse code.

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    They've dropped the requirement to learn Morse code.

    In you are stranded though, you can arc from your coil wire to your antenna (and you can add wire to that if it's not grounded) and you can zap a signal more many, many miles...

    And send your SOS... they'll be looking for you to shut your ass down!
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    Yet the century-old communications technology — which demands such commitment that you must generally pass an exam to receive a license — currently attracts around 350,000 practitioners in Europe, and a further 700,000 in the United States, some 60 per cent more than 30 years ago.
    Um isn't that moot since there are more than a 60% increase in population since 1930? Like closer to 3 times a many people here now than in 1930.

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