"NCIS Newington" on Ham Radio Now (not click bait, but close)

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  1. KN4AQ

    KN4AQ Subscriber QRZ Page

    HRN 365 POSTER - Rickochet no title.jpg
    See that guy? (click the picture for a bigger view.)​

    On a recent episode of CBS's NCIS titled Trapped, he's a ham. Straight out of the paranoid-conspiracy corner of the Internet. He comes complete with a pretty nice shack, a 'handle' (ricochet), and a call sign that'll help you get closer to the DX honor roll. But don't try to find him. He's got "...no driver's license, no home phone, no cell phone, no reportable income since 2007, so I think this guy is going to be exactly who you picture when you think of of ham radio weirdo." That's a quote from the show's Special Agent Timothy McGee, formerly known as The Timinator. Bold text added by me.

    Tim Allen - where are you now that we really need you!?!
     

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  2. W8LGZ

    W8LGZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    That's a Yaesu FT-847 on top of the TS-2000
     
  3. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Didn't and won't watch the "click bait" vid in the OP.

    However, congrats to GARY on receiving a grant from YASME!

    Does that mean some DX, DX'er, and/or DXpedition themed (ie, live bait content) episodes in production soon ? It's been nearly over TWO YEARS since the last one ! (HRN 232)

    Hint for a scoop - book the current 3CØL / 3C1L duo, ie, Yuris YL2GM and Kaspar YL3AIW.

    They are cracker-jack CW ops kicking major butt with a tight budget DX'pedition under austere condx !!!

    73 de John - WØPV
     
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  4. KD7YVV

    KD7YVV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Having watched this HRN episode, I have to agree, this can be damaging to ham radio.
    Every hobby and profession has its weird people that's a given, and I understand the use of fake callsigns.
    You don't want to use a real callsign on television, but handles? That's stretching things....a lot.
    There are hams that do a lot of good in their community. Some radio related, some not.
    If someone thinks this is "real" ham radio, invite them to your shack and show them what real ham radio is.
    As Captain Picard said in Encounter At Farpoint (the first Next Generation episode) "If we're going to be
    damned, then let's be damned for what we really are.
     
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  5. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Exactly. That show didn't have the best presentation of hams, either, but it was way better than NCIS.
     
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  6. K3FHP

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    Judging from the infrequently used callsign, they were illegal HF pirates, not hams. Most of the public does not know the difference.
     
  7. N0LOH

    N0LOH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I remember the short lived TV show, Jericho, which was also on CBS and one of their first episodes included the local ham, who was also portrayed as, "a-bit-on-the-fringe," so to speak. So, now, I'm beginning to think that maybe CBS has something against us hams. Golly, wasn't their star news anchor, Walter Cronkite, a ham? What gives, CBS? What did we do to deserve this unfair treatment? I think a campaign should be launched right now that will urge CBS and the producers of NCIS to work diligently to offer another episode featuring a truthful representation of amateur radio, with an explanation that the episode, "Trapped," was another one of those episodes that was in reality, a nightmare. IE, "Dallas," another fine CBS program.
     
  8. W0WMM

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    It's not the first time that Amateur Radio Operators have been compared to CB radio users. Every year I support the Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) for Boy Scouts and young scouts get to see that Amateur Radio Operators don't run around yelling "Breaker 19, there is a Smokey in the bushes." They see community service, emergency communications, and the fun we have explaining what we enjoy doing as a hobby. Oh well, that just means that I now have an extra hour a week on Tuesday night to work 40 meters.
     
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  9. KN4AQ

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    The YASME grant was based mostly on our coverage of things like the TAPR conferences and hamfest forums. YASME has broadened their focus - notice that none of the Excellence Awards in this round were DX related.

    I'm not saying we won't do more DX related shows. Bob Allphin's asked me to edit the video of the Heard Island DXpedition next year (I've agreed), so apparently I didn' mangle the Navassa video too badly, even though I'm not a serious DXers myself. We'll probably get him and some of the team on just before they leave. But so will everyone else, I imagine.

    With the limited time I have to produce shows, I've focused on things that don't get a lot of coverage elsewhere. But I would welcome DXers to contact me to do a show before or after their event. Especially some of the smaller ones that don't get much limelight. I'm 'good on QRZ'.

    As for 'click bait' - when was the last time a real click bait headline outed itself right in the headline? That is parody. You're missing the opportunity to work yourself into a fine snit if you don't see this one.
     
  10. KN4AQ

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    Your 'illegal HF pirate' was operating on 147.3 FM on two meters.

    I'd love to talk to the producer or writer to ask where they got their idea for call signs and procedure. That'll probably never happen (but I've asked CBS). However, you can learn a lot about how this flavor of sausage is made from a show I produced last year with Last Man Standing Executive Producer John Amodeo NN6JA. We go deep into the world of prime time TV production, and what you can reasonably expect from a depiction of ham radio in the general media. (warning: it's a long show. I'm still waiting for K1OIK to edit excerpts) (warning #2: you won't be happy with what John thinks you can 'reasonably expect')

     

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