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Joe Papworth, K8MP

Howdy from Joe’s Place!

Howdy from Joe’s Place! “I’m a Gamer” From a recent conversation, or maybe not… Kid- "Are you a gamer?" Me- "Sort of." Kid- "What's your favorite?" Me- "CQ World Wide CW." Kid- "I've never heard of that one. Is it in the Play Store?" Me- "Nah." Kid- "Where can I get it?" Me- "It's everywhere and nowhere. It's kind of hiding in plain sight." Kid- "Does it need a gamer computer?" Me- "That would work but it doesn't have to be." Kid- "What do you use?" Me- "My CQWW CW runs on a DOS machine. Kid- "What's DOS?" Me- "Never mind. Whatever computer you have, there's a CQWW CW version that will run on it. Actually, if you're really good, you don't even need a computer." Kid- "Oh, without the internet, it must be like playing Solitaire. The games I like are the ones you can play against folks all over the world, at the same time." Me- "CQWW is like that. It's literally a world-wide free-for-all." Kid- "With no PC and no internet? Do you think I'm stupid?" Me- "Absolutely not. But you need to think outside of your gamer box." Kid- "Explain to me how you play against others around the world. Is this some new technology, like Sub Space communications?" Me- "No, the technology has been around for over 100 years." Kid- "Wow! And I've never heard of it?" Me- "Actually, you have. You've heard of Ham Radio, right?" Kid- "Ha Ha Ha. Alright, you got me. I fell for it." Me- "I'm serious. We really use Ham Radios and compete against the entire world, from the guy across town to the guy on the tiniest Pacific island." Kid- "That sounds so cool. What do I need to buy? Aren't those radios expensive?" Me- "First things first. You need to have a license. To get a license, you need to take an exam." Kid- "That's a deal breaker. I'm no good at taking tests." Me- "Don't sell yourself short. The same things that make you a good video game player should make you a good test taker and an even better CW operator." Kid- "What exactly is "CW"?" Me- "It stands for Continuous Wave but more commonly, it's another name for Morse code." Kid- "Whattttt???!!! You've gotta be kiddin' me!" Me- "Don't laugh. Maybe you've never seen the Jay Leno clip where two Hams used CW to smoke two Texting Champs. It was no contest and the radio guys weren't even going full speed. But we're getting ahead of things. First get your license. There are plenty of guys who will help you study." Kid- "OK, but do I need to learn Morse code?" Me- "Nope, in fact more Hams don't use it than do." Kid- "Oh good. Still, I might want to give it a try." Me- "The world is about to become your oyster." https://www.facebook.com/atomicdc/videos/jay-leno-morse-code-vs-text-messaging- contest/206934082668164/ I hope to see you all at the September meeting. If not, then at Joe’s Place.
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Joe

Joe Papworth, K8MP

Howdy from Joe’s Place!

Howdy from Joe’s Place! “I’m a Gamer” From a recent conversation, or maybe not… Kid- "Are you a gamer?" Me- "Sort of." Kid- "What's your favorite?" Me- "CQ World Wide CW." Kid- "I've never heard of that one. Is it in the Play Store?" Me- "Nah." Kid- "Where can I get it?" Me- "It's everywhere and nowhere. It's kind of hiding in plain sight." Kid- "Does it need a gamer computer?" Me- "That would work but it doesn't have to be." Kid- "What do you use?" Me- "My CQWW CW runs on a DOS machine. Kid- "What's DOS?" Me- "Never mind. Whatever computer you have, there's a CQWW CW version that will run on it. Actually, if you're really good, you don't even need a computer." Kid- "Oh, without the internet, it must be like playing Solitaire. The games I like are the ones you can play against folks all over the world, at the same time." Me- "CQWW is like that. It's literally a world-wide free-for-all." Kid- "With no PC and no internet? Do you think I'm stupid?" Me- "Absolutely not. But you need to think outside of your gamer box." Kid- "Explain to me how you play against others around the world. Is this some new technology, like Sub Space communications?" Me- "No, the technology has been around for over 100 years." Kid- "Wow! And I've never heard of it?" Me- "Actually, you have. You've heard of Ham Radio, right?" Kid- "Ha Ha Ha. Alright, you got me. I fell for it." Me- "I'm serious. We really use Ham Radios and compete against the entire world, from the guy across town to the guy on the tiniest Pacific island." Kid- "That sounds so cool. What do I need to buy? Aren't those radios expensive?" Me- "First things first. You need to have a license. To get a license, you need to take an exam." Kid- "That's a deal breaker. I'm no good at taking tests." Me- "Don't sell yourself short. The same things that make you a good video game player should make you a good test taker and an even better CW operator." Kid- "What exactly is "CW"?" Me- "It stands for Continuous Wave but more commonly, it's another name for Morse code." Kid- "Whattttt???!!! You've gotta be kiddin' me!" Me- "Don't laugh. Maybe you've never seen the Jay Leno clip where two Hams used CW to smoke two Texting Champs. It was no contest and the radio guys weren't even going full speed. But we're getting ahead of things. First get your license. There are plenty of guys who will help you study." Kid- "OK, but do I need to learn Morse code?" Me- "Nope, in fact more Hams don't use it than do." Kid- "Oh good. Still, I might want to give it a try." Me- "The world is about to become your oyster." https://www.facebook.com/atomicdc/videos/jay- leno-morse-code-vs-text-messaging- contest/206934082668164/ I hope to see you all at the September meeting. If not, then at Joe’s Place.