reply to post by SkepticOverlord
I agree that it is a shame that the requirement was removed. I always felt that in learning the communication skill was important to "spark a message
out" in a time wen power was at a premium to as far as possible. That and the dedication required gave a seriousness to the hobby and prevented
reckless behavior on an otherwise clean decorum.
It was my next door neighbor's sticking point on receiving his full license. We spent many hours listening to broadcasts the world over from
professional, semi-professional and just personal conversations. As a child it allowed me to see a much bigger world, full of people of differing
opinions and circumstances to their lives than my own.
As a communication medium, it was how the internet should be. A global network of resources and information and personal sharing and exchanging of
ideas, thoughts and personality...pretty much consistent with how ATS could and should be so long as everyone can come to the forum with a modicum of
self-restraint and personal responsibility to present themselves and their words, ideas and opinions to the best of the their ability...
But the removal of the Morse Code portion of the license was to encourage more licensed operators to a dwindling pastime so as to have a reply to the
CQ to the few that still fire up the old boxes.
SO might not come right out and say it, people. But I will. It is the membership and how we conduct ourselves that makes ATS what it is. Unlike HAM
Operators, we type. We can edit, self-censor anything before we hit that post button. Heck we can even reconsider our statement and edit it after the
fact. While broadcasting over the air, every cough, crying child in the background, curse under your breath and general ass-tard thing you said or did
was there...on the air...heard around the world.
You could not take anything back. Once it was said, it was said. The best a person could do was apologize. Here on ATS, we can hold back and even
edit whenever the urge is stronger than our resolve. I have seen ATS Logo changes before, and in SO's shoes I'd probably be purple faced and
spitting out blue flames at times while screaming obscenities through clinched teeth as some of the disrespect that happens here from time to time.
The Logo change is a visual clue, a subtile reminder to, in the words of Bill and Ted, Be Excellent to each other. Is that really so hard with the
tools that are at your disposal?
[edit on 11-8-2009 by Ahabstar]