I was just ‘Puttering around’ in the Ham Shack this afternoon The transceiver was sitting on 30 meters on 10.113 mHz and I had the earphones off my head on the desk. The I heard a CQ on frequency from VK3CWB.  No! Can’t Be! Must be some pirate. After all Australia is half way around the Globe from New England and such DX does not come in at 5 PM in the Afternoon!  I decided to answer the CQ. And he came right back to me! Still disbelieving, he have me 5-5-9 and handle of ‘Moz’. He was reading 5-6-9!  It was real! My 100 watts and phased verticals are working! Who says the bands are dead? For a double-check, I went to his QRZ page:

Besides explaining his Handle, Moz has a very interesting take on Morse Code QSOs which I reproduce here:

The changing nature of CW by ‘Moz’, VK3CWB

It seems that these days, nobody converses anymore. Why is that? Have all CW ops become machine operators who can only send 599? Is the quick contact – signal exchange the only form of the modern QSO? Or is it, that the new generation simply cannot use CW effectively, and do not have the capacity or the skills to go beyond a callsign exchange?

There is a time and place when a signal report is the only exchange. There are also other times, where a conversation can actually take place. Unfortunately, very few elect to actually converse in CW these days. I always endeavor to exchange the basics, RST, name, QTH, rig, ant etc. The only time I will give a signal report only, is when there are many calling, and I want to give as many as I can, the opportunity for a quick contact while the band is open.

Many operators pride themselves as being High Speed senders. It used to be common etiquette to try and match the sending speed of the person sending CQ. This also seems to be a thing of the past! Under marginal atmospheric conditions, fast CW can be quite difficult to copy! Hence bands like 160m, 80m and 40m demand that ops, listen, think, and then send at an appropriate speed.

We VK ops become very frustrated with some operators, during our summers [North American Winters] when static -QRN is extremely high. EU ops become critical and complain of our inability to hear their signals amongst S-9 summer QRN! So be patient and understanding as we try our best to accommodate those who want to make a contact. Please remember that it is not the quiet conditions of winter on the opposite side of the world!

There is a new generation of “ruthless”‘ CW ops who will do anything to be worked. They don’t listen, and who do not care who they interfere with, and they constantly call over the top of the station your are listening to. These operators have me wondering as to what has happened to the operating practices of amateur radio? The days of good etiquette, good manners, and friendliness seem to have become a thing of the past! There are many times, where bad “ON air” manners have made me decide to go QRT.. If the hobby is no longer enjoyable at times, why do it?

The Pirate – QRM dilemma : 2016 QRM on all bands received in VK

In recent years the amateur bands have become the band of AM , FM and SSB pirates. Most of these stations eliminate from Asia, and are found all over the bands on 28.000 – 29.000 MHz, 24.9 MHz, 10.1 MHZ and 7MHZ. These same stations are now also heard on SSB down on 40mx, particularly in the CW section. So please be understanding of our situation, if we VK’s ask for a repeat because of the QRM !

P.S. Of course it doesn’t hurt that Moz has a full size Moxon on 30 meters up 75 feet! — Layne AE1N

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