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CW FOREVER     by Jim Hatherley, WA1TBY    SK 12-19-2000

You must have at times thought into the past, 
Where some things go out while others last, 
What comes to my mind is the old morse code, 
That has weathered the storms from any abode, 
To talk with ones fingers is surely an art, 
Of any info you care to impart, 
In most conditions the signals get through, 
While the same about phone is simply not true, 
Those dits and dahs cut through the trash, 
Of near by noise or lightning's crash, 
To the sensitive ears of the hams receiver, 
Who records this data with ardent fever, 
He knows he's doing something unique, 
(In such poor conditions that's quiet a feat), 
To roger the message that came off the air, 
These brass pounders sure do have that flair, 
They say Morse ops are a dying breed, 
But don't despair there's always that need, 
That when conditions get rough for the new automation, 
Be rest assured there'll be need for your station, 
CW is dying? Believe it never, 
This mode will be 'round forever and ever, 
But one thing is sure what we really need, 
Is to relay out knowledge to the younger breed, 
To carry the torch long after we're gone, 
To send Morse code through the air like a song, 
When at last silent keys pull that lever, 
We can rest in peace, It's CW forever.



Hello, I was introduced to amateur radio by a OM down the street from me,W8QFQ Kent. when I was a Cub Scout back in 1965.In 1972- I was a Lone Eagle Scout . KN8WGX,WB8LJY , W1FB,W8ABQ,W8CMA and K8DD were my CW Mentors ,they helped me build a few tube rigs,40/80 Verticals I had lots of fun with those Mentors, Hank, K8DD was a DX hound and a very good cw operator,we had long QSOs abt DX and Propagation,he got me into QRPp in 78. Ive held the 1st radiotelephone-with radar indorsement- the 2nd class radio telegraph with the GDMS and radar ,all expired now--. USN ret. I grew up in Port Huron Michigan ,I was a pilot boats mate for 4 summers on the St Clair River and Lake Huron ,I met Jaques Costou ,he was a wonderful man,he knew about amateur radio,WE mored a few time up against the Edmound Fitzgerald to pick up or bring the PILOT to the ship. I used to swim in the St Clair River everyd day in the summers and scuba dive,loved to walleye fish my my father at night in the river .. it was called "chaggin " for walleye  I painted  houses and boats .. Crist Craft boats for extra cash,my father was a Expert repairman on the Cris Craft boats. I have Mentored many Radio Amatures, gave many Novice exams.I think all amateur radio oprs.should have a working knowledge of the code, It Was a Sad day when the FCC ended the cw requirements- I operate 90% cw...I am a Life member of the ARRL. VE./ O.O./ and A-1 Operators Club -  QSL Society-.Active SKYWARN storm watcher/reporter..I like Real paper QSls-and enjoy getting them. I enjoy DXing /Rag Chewing . I enjoy riding my Harley Davidson motorcycles,been riding HD since 17, I started out riding  a Ruttman mini bike ...then my fathers Panhead -Be carefull letting your children listen, it is terrible the language you will hear now at anytime-The FCC has Began New -Enforcement.,,,,, Beware LIDS,,,,Please Read and Understand an ARRL Operating Manuel ,using a PC/ Code copy machine is never going to work to copy CW reliably,Use your Brain.   The Good Overwhelms the Bad in this Endeavor of Amateur Radio,we need to reach out and instruct/show how to operate,act,build- be ones "Mentor" take control and be an Example by leading theYoung/Old -How to Do it Correctly....... I like to contact Special Event Stations-they have interesting QSLs. My Log Books are open from 1972 to present-I Enjoy Real Paper QSLs ,I like the Stamps,Postmarks on Direct QSLs and the QSL cards-a QSL is the Final Acknowledgement of a Contact.... My Logs Will be Open Untill My SK and My Amateur License Expires. ..... I send many QSLs direct-If a DXpedition I wait for 3 mos to 2 yrs,same with a Rare DXCC. Help to avoid the rush at Managers QTH- Sent direct at todays rate Ist Class-QSL,Envelope,$2-3 USD-Global US Stamp $ 1.10 , Thats $4.50 +/- send 10/20 out every month,some 2/3 times over a few yrs,SOME Will NEVER QSL.My Return Rate is 83 % THIER are those that Never QSL .....
Spend 1,000s on gear and NO QSLS ??Close Your Log .? Many like myself choose to to QSL and spend $ . You sent SAE/IRC/USD/Bureau/PayPal -Makes One Somewhat ............. MY BAD ....... My main objective is to Obtain DXCC/ WAZ 9 bands CW/SSTV/  RTTY/PSK/FH/SSB  I
 was off the air from 1977 to 1984, Amateur Radio is a wonderful Entity For a hobby/Advocation,I have meet many wonderful people.Show the Spirit and Help Keep Amateur Radio alive get  Involved . Thank You-Take Care 73/GL/DX   I  am not a Contester......I Call them (QRMtests).... these Contesters are some of the Best Operators IN THE WORLD and have the Best

Station equipment ,I do my Station Testing During these events,,,switching antennas,QRPing,fine tuning,testing filters,do some Hunt and Pounce operating ....... I like to give a Real RST report,,,, I am in competition with my own stations abilities,nothing else......



     I  DO NOT COLLECT  CLUB  #'s    Here are some Club's #  I have for those that DO collect them  .

    SKCC-#118T  / FH-#114  /10-10-#12581  / GACW-#893  / FP-#1267  / 30MTRDG-#2558  / EPC-#8221  / NAQCC-#1034  / MI QRP-#1696

    GERITOL-# 1991  / DMC-# 2993 / R CWC Club-#69  / BOZO- # 900 ./WSC#0049/ /ESSEX CW CLUB #261



Paul E. Genaw-K8PG- CW IS A-1





------NO PAIN----- NO GAIN-------- NO DX-----

 I Often call CQ DX CQ DX on CW/RTTY/FH

I will not "answer anyone" Other than DX .....OUTSIDE THE NA Continent.

The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.”


Amendment II

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed





        " I AM NOT A "YOOPER"


Born Below .... and.... Under.... The Big Mac  Bridge.......  and the  Blue Water Bridge..I Live in Michigans Upper Peninsula a wonderful place

I Live Here As Steward to Forest lands,Swamps, Fresh Water Lakes, Rivers,  Streams

Fauna,Flora and Biota .



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DX Code of Conduct


I will listen, and listen, and then listen again.

I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.

I will not trust the cluster and will be sure of the DX station's call sign before calling.

I will not interfere with the DX station nor anyone calling him and will never tune up on the DX frequency or in the QSX slot.

I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before I call him.

I will always send my full call sign.

I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will not call continuously.

I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine.

I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine.

I will not transmitwhen the DX station calls other geographic areas than mine.

When the DX operator calls me, I will not repeat my call sign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly.

I will be thankful if and when I do make a contact.

I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect.


The Amateur's Code

CONSIDERATE... never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL... he offers loyalty, encouragement and support to fellow amateurs, local clubs, and National Society through which Amateur Radio is represented to the Government, the International Amateur Radio Union and the International Telecommunication Union.

PROGRESSIVE... with knowledge abreast of science, well-built and efficient station and operation above reproach.

FRIENDLY... slow and patient operationg when requested; friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED... Radio is a hobby never interfering with duties owed to his family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC... station and skill always ready for the service to country and community.

Paul M. Segal, W9EEA

I am looking for Amateur Radio License Plates from any state for my WAS collection .I need MT,NMX,NC,NJ,

VT,ME,AK,ARK,CT,DE,MD,SD,UT,GA,RI .I have been working on this for  27yrs-now ....Please send me your old plate ,I appreciate it so very much.


  http://www.skccgroup.com/  Very good  and friendly group of Mentors  - CW Operators.

                                                  From Beginning to Expert CW Operator


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