This coming Monday Evening a group of Maritime Radio Shore Stations will once again celebrate the anniversary of the termination of commercial CW in the USA. Its called The Night of Nights and details may be found here under the button labeled Special Events. The are a whole list of participating shore stations and I think some ships as well which can be listened for on standard maritime channels. Signal reports can be sent via ham radio on the frequencies guarded by K6KPH within the ham bands. An old chum gave the Keynote speech at the closing of the Coast Guard Comm Sta in Washington DC on that fateful day eleven years ago. He is an ex Coastie, a ZUT member and also a ham (K7CI).
I wanted to go off here this morning about my fascination with the code and why it keeps creeping back into my daily life. I still have not got all the bases covered with those thoughts but some include:
- It provides a very tangible link to my past
- It gives me a new skill to master
- It is unique and affords me the opportunity to master a skill as though it were a musical instrument
- It is relaxing and fun
- It keeps this old mind active and exercised
- Since radio has been such a large part of my life, it affords my personal quilt to remain firmly stitched-if that makes sense
Apologies for the long absence but health issue became a primary driver here. I am determined to right the wrong and only can hope that balance can be returned.
Thanks for reading my Blog. Best, Chas W5PG