SV Makai. "Just think we could have goverment (government) regulation in marine radios that would require anyone who used a marine radio to go to classes and take tests like Canada and Great Britian (Britain)."
SV Makai. "I used the knowledge gained to assemble and install my marine HF( I installed it while out of the country where you just couldn't go get competent help.) The installation
allowed me to contact a crusing (cruising) freind (friend) in SC while we were sitting in Venezuela
. All legal
Did you contact them in morse code? Remember, with morse code, spelling is an important part. Improperly spelled, Mayday becomes Hayday and the USCG will drop you a case of Bud instead of a raft or pump. Just think of what you could have done if you spent more time and really learned radio repair and installation instead of wasting so much time learning
morse code. I did and I too installed my SSB
and it works perfect without knowing any code besides SOS. An aside, when I lost
a commercial fishing
vessels in a nor'easter, the last thing I was thinking about when communicating to the USCG was typing, ... --- ... , Mayday, Mayday, Mayday gets everyones attention and shuts everyone up, to listen and help. A vessel in distress
, a disaster area, or any other emergency
is best communicated in voice for all to hear and understand.
Morse code is history
. So is the Pony Express and homing pigeon. If someone wants to learn morse code and impress their friends around the kitchen table or their Ham Radio Man Cave, great. But, I don't think a bunch of snobby old men
who had nothing better to do than learn an ancient form of communication should be given an exclusive right to long range communication public airwaves. Perhaps they should have to prove a reason to be on those airwaves besides idle chattering. Or be required to learn a skill such as sailing whereby long range communication has a purpose besides collecting post cards.
Ham is a hobby. It is not a crucial form of public communication. It would be fine save a channel for morse code enthusiasts and their hobby but don't deny long range communication and safety
for the sake of morse code. Please don't go back to history
whereby a couple of Hams communicated after a disaster. That's ancient history similar to cave paintings and the telegraph.