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May 1, 2021

I was just browsing around the internet and I came across an old book called W1FB's QRP NOTEBOOK by Doug DeMaw, W1FB. I did consider going this route, QRPing. I know nothing about ham radio other than pushing the PTT and talking. Before reviewing for my technician class license, I didn't even consider that CW is part of hamming, and that morse code is synonymous to CW for that matter. I saw this code that I haven't seen anywhere else. Probably was burried underneath all the information that is available nowadays.


Original Amateur's Code was written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, 1928
The Radio Amateur is:
  • CONSIDERATE... never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.
  • LOYAL... offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.
  • PROGRESSIVE... with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station and operation above reproach.
  • FRIENDLY... alow and patient operating 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 an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.
  • PATRIOTIC... station and skill always ready for service to country and community.

I've decided to go into this hobby because of need. We go camping and going off-grid a couple of times a year, and being disconnected to society for a couple of weeks seems like just what the doctor ordered. However, being off-grid and no-way to communicate to get help in case of emergency, does not sit with me very well. I have three cellphones from the big three (yellow/magenta, red, blue) and I thought that I was covered, but not. I also have a sattelite phone and since we go out a coule of times a year, the cost for a month's prepaid plan is $150, and we only need it for a couple of weeks at a time. I wouldn't think twice about spending money if by doing so, I will be able to save a life or try to save one. But, it's just too rich for my blood. I need to look for something that will not cost an arm and a leg. That was when ham radio came into my sights.

Tyring to learn morse code via this website. Try it out!