CW is as strongly popular

Judging by the number of Morse code exhibitors at the Dayton Hamvention in the USA this year, it’s a mode that will be around for a long time to come. The June editorial in The Keynote magazine of the FISTS US Chapter by Dan KB6NU, mentions he saw many vendors selling keys. Indicating by them showing up that CW is not a dying part of the hobby.

The CW clubs including FISTS were there too. A booth even offered a QLF certificate. For those uninitiated, QLF is Q-Code for poorly sent Morse code - which means the sending sounds like it comes from a left foot on the key.

Similar experiences are found also at the Friedrichshafen Germany Ham Convention and the Japan Ham Fair in Tokyo. A listen to the CW portion of the HF bands will also find the mode is very popular.

As part of the WIA ANZAC 100 program, VK100WIA on June 4-10 logged in CW mode well over 1000 QSOs and 100 DXCC entities - thanks to Tommy VK2IR and Alan VK2GR. Before that the Manly Warringah Radio Society and mainly Patrick Novak VK2PN used CW to activate VI2ANZAC.

A display of old Morse code equipment at the Cardwell Telegraph Office in North Queensland was a huge success, and even got a write up with two pictures in the local newspaper, the Tully Times. People flocked to see the Historic Post Office, Telegraph Station, Old Shire Hall, Courthouse and Lock-up in Victoria Street, Cardwell, for its 150th anniversary. Built in 1870, the Cardwell Bush Telegraph is one of North Queensland's oldest buildings. Communications were vital to development of the area. Among the exhibits were over 70 Morse code keys, bugs, paddles, telegraph sounders and ex-military radios.


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