"CK's Ode to Dah Code"

by Gary Spence, VA2CK

We've all heard the cry "abandon the code!,it's useless outdated, NOT a mod-er-n mode!"So I said to myself, "could codes' day really be over?Best left for SKs' fer-til-iz-n' the clover?"

So off went my paddle 'n keyer to a museum,so those curious of our "past" could drop in an' see um.I then bought a computer and a box I was told...would update my station, using all hi-tech modes.

It then was set up, by my own hand...

the screen it lit up et voila, Heard Is-land! I switched to transmit to" talk with this gent"but my screen read "sorry, can't copy 100%!"

"There's static, interference, if you could hear it you'd agreeif it ain't armchair copy we machines cry c'est la vie!"It then said "there is as YOU know a way to get through, it's called the code, and what luck for you!"

"You've learned this art, you "stuck it out" 'tis a valuable tool, there isn't a doubt.""You've invested your time, and besides the code you did learn,possession of valuable skills must be... EARNED!"

So I say to you now don't get fooled when some say..."Codes an' old dinosaur fadin' away!" It's part of our past, present and future existence...anti-coders prepare for "beaucoup de resistence"

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B. Neal McEwen, K5RW nmcewen@metronet.com