[Boatanchors] historical question who many running CW compared to the 60s?
COURYHOUSE at aol.com
COURYHOUSE at aol.com
Mon Nov 30 03:14:14 EST 2015
Thanks Glenn! that is interesting! Good to hear there is interest. but
what do you attribute an increase to even when it is not needed?
In a message dated 11/29/2015 8:39:53 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time,
gzook at yahoo.com writes:
Interestingly enough, the number of people who are now actually learning
the International Morse code is increasing even though a working knowledge
of the code is no longer required. However, at least when listening to the
bands, the actual percentage of operators using CW, as opposed to using
SSB, is quite small. Of course, on one of the few weekends during the year,
when there is a major CW contest, like this weekend, the usage is
considerable. But, after 0000Z this evening, the number of signals dropped to almost
Remembering back to the 1960s, if I am remembering correctly, the actual
number of CW stations operating, at any 1 time, was considerably more than
what it is today.
Of course, in those "goode olde dayes", considering the average wages of
people, equipment was considerably more expensive in terms of percentage of
wages. Back then, CW equipment was often barely affordable, by most
amateur radio operators, AM transmitters were expensive, and, until at least
around 1966, SSB equipment was, generally, VERY expensive.
Of course, low powered AM equipment, like the Heath DX-40 and DX-60, were
not that expensive. But, especially on 80, 40, and 20-meters, after dark,
when the "big boys" came on, those with the low powered equipment went to
CW or stopped operating completely. Today, when inflation is taken into
consideration, and the effective purchasing power of money is considered,
equipment is dirt cheap! One can get, today, a 100-watt SSB, AM, FM, CW HF
transceiver for quite a bit less than what a 100-watt output AM / CW
transmitter cost, in equivalent purchasing power, in the 1960s and that equipment is
light years ahead in terms of performance.
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Sent: Sunday, November 29, 2015 8:54 PM
Subject: historical question who many running CW compared to the 60s?
historical question :How many operators are running CW now compared to the
60s? numbers? percentage? I am curious.
Ed Sharpe Archivist for SMECC
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