W1AW code transmissions

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From: Ethan Schumacher (ethan@teleport.com)
Date: Sat Dec 07 1996 - 18:32:54 EST


A recent edition of "The ARRL Letter" announced that W1AW (the
ARRL station) is going to terminate code practice and bulletins
during the mornings, except on Thursday and Friday. This is to
be effective on January 1, 1997. The announcement is included
below.

I believe that it would be a mistake to end these transmissions.
They are a great help in learning the code, and in getting the
code speed up. If we are to bring new people into the Morse code
portion of amateur radio, we need these transmissions. W1AW
should be increasing its transmissions rather than decreasing
them. It is to be hoped that this is not an early indication of
the attitude that the ARRL will take into the future conferences
which will determine whether Morse code should continue to be a
requirement for a license.

I have written to my ARRL Division Director requesting that the
code transmissions be continued on all mornings. If those who
share this opinion also write to their Division Director, perhaps
we can get this decision reversed. You can find the electronic
mail address and postal address of your Division Director on page
10 of any issue of QST magazine.

The following is the announcement that was made in the November
15 edition of "The ARRL Letter".

> The ARRL Letter
> Electronic Update
> November 15, 1996

[snip]

> In Brief:
>
> * W1AW schedule change: Starting January 1, 1997, W1AW will offer morning
> code practice and bulletins on Thursdays and Fridays only. Starting times
> will remain the same: code practice starts at 1400 UTC; the CW bulletins
> start at approximately 1500 UTC; and the RTTY/AMTOR/ASCII bulletin session
> starts at approximately 1600 UTC.--Joe Carcia, NJ1Q

 --
 Ethan Schumacher (ethan@teleport.com) | "Money is the poor man's
 N7WNC | credit card" - Marshall McLuhan


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