Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by AA7BQ, Oct 24, 2018.
Glad your home safe Ken
Guess I'd better be re-thinking my present plans for the renewing of our wedding vows and 2nd honeymoon.
The XYL will be SO disappointed.
Perhaps, Walt Disney World?!?
heh 3rd world shirtholes
Its important that we refrain from expressing opinions that could easily jeopardize the safety of fellow hams. Given the fact that Ken is back, the chapter is closed.
Do you WANT an analysis? OK--here it is----
1) Ken changed his QTH after he arrived in Chad;
2) That --new-- QTH was slated to be used by the visiting President (unknown to Ken);
3) the government of Chad had internal issues over having someone with 'spy or brain frying equipment' in the same hotel as 2);
4) no one wanted to lose their jobs (or worse!)over allowing a 'spy or brain frying equipment' installation;
5) Ken was made guilty until proven innocent, not surprising given the Neopolitan code is French, and Chad is a former French territory;
6) Ken obviously had nothing to do with spying or frying brains and was a victim of seeking out a less noisy QTH.
IF Ken was still stuck in Chad, certain French hams would have helped through the French Consulate.
I know many of you are unhappy to think that ham radios can only be construed as dangerous by dummies, but there is plenty of illegal HF use in Africa by insurgents--- and EVERYONE knows about the RF brain frying stuff in Cuba and elsewhere. So the assumption they might have is WRONG --but it has a basis in a paranoid fact.
The best thing you can do to help DXing hams in trouble is, IMO, shut up, send them money(if they need it), and make sure they know the right people to talk to.
Establishing an amateur radio presence in a country that doesn't have a significant one is a process. That process includes engagement with regulators and other authorities, and those engagements will be influenced by issues unique to each country.
What doesn't help is denigrating the regulator or other authorities, or the government as a whole. The very definition of the amateur service in Article 1.56 of the ITU Radio Regulations has "duly authorized persons" as an element. Without the cooperation of those in a position to duly authorize, we are . . . well, we aren't.
Exactly! If people think the 'bad mouthing' that sometimes goes on on the net does not reach those involved, think again. Not to say it may jeopardize the safety of the ham/s already in-country.
It's just commom-sense, not very commom these days, but think: you need something from somebody. He/she does not have/need to do it. How do you proceed? Politely, and yes, with some BS sometimes. Egos need to be fed.
As the old saying goes: one is more likely to atract bees with sugar than vinegar.
It is NOT one world; there are nations that will never progress and should be avoided and left alone.
Americans, in particular, are used to speaking their minds, fact-based or not.
The problem is most countries have a very different approach. You don't necessarily need to RESPECT it (let alone agree with it), just be aware of it and don't jeopardize others in their travels.
Hope Ken doesn't get discouraged from trying again elsewhere.
Well, they may eventually 'progress' ; but the bottom line is we all live in real-time and understanding and dealing with the reality of the moment is a profound directive for survival elsewhere.