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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.

THE AMATEUR'S CODE

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!