Well, i've been licensed for a few years and registered on QRZ for about the same. I often browse in and read the topics that catch my eye and for a while have thought about posting a topic of my own. The other weekend I was killing time at the PC and thought I would share my thoughts on the idea of an international calling frequency for ten metres with my fellow hams. You see, I wanted the opinions of others. I knew that my idea had flaws, the fact that when the band was in good condition a calling frequency would be nothing short of unorganised chaos, all the same though in times when propagation was poor it could prove to be useful.
I posted the topic and when it appeared I tracked it to keep up on others opinions.
Nothing could have prepared me for what was about to happen. I can honestly say that the vast majority of replies etc were encouraging, at the very least civilised.
Of course not everyone is going to agree, that is the beauty of our wonderful hobby, its diversity and the passion it creates. What I wasn't ready for was the name calling, and the nasty snide remarks. Some of you may have read them, some of them are almost amusing. The worst ones were done 'off group' by faceless morons with a high opinion of themselves via email or IM. At least the one's/one who were brave enough to post self ridiculing comments on the forum had the balls to do it publicly!
I will stop there because I am at risk of sounding like of the people I am criticising.
My only mistake was to mention the fact that I sometimes use 27.555 as a LISTENING reference as to the condition of ten metres. I do not call there, I dont want to and even if I did I cant, the European FT920 wont operate out of band, only RX.
But that was enough to prompt the radio police to offload both barrels in my direction. The next time I have any thoughts I wish to share I will save them for club nights, that will make a couple of people happy I dare say? I thought posting a topic on QRZ would generate a debate, not a radio correctness campaign, never mind eh?
To all those hams who thought my idea was a good one, thankyou. To all those hams that thought my idea was a poor one, that's ok. That's all I wanted, the opinions of others. Whether or not those opinions suit me is not important. Luckily we live in a world where free speech is taken for granted, not every one does. However, that does not make it right to use that situation to barrack and abuse someone for thinking out aloud. Free speech and free-for-all a separate things. Im not an over sensitive person, to be honest I couldn't care less for the opinions of killjoy loners with only their shadows for company.
That's me done now but for all the small time radio police out there who do more harm than good, no matter how good your intentions are, some advice. Sit on it instead of talking through it. That way you will find that the gauze on your mic will stay cleaner for longer.
Coming soon to a PC near you, Abuse II, this time its personal, im prepared..................
73's world, Chris/MØNTY
That is the beauty of the DELETE key; it can be pressed so easily. Do not let those that are "faceless morons with a high opinion of themselves via email or IM" discurage you. These people have been a part of computing long before the Internet was a household word. They even have their own name; TROLLS. Don't let them get to you.
Just rember Marty the one's who made the uneducated accuasations are the one's you see here often embarasing themselves.Their level of selfesteam and self confidance are very low.We all know who they are and so do they,we see them here all the time belittleing others to make themselves feel bigger then they are.I thought the posting was intresting at the least and a good idea.73's Marty, # Dave AE8U
Sorry you feel that way after posting your string on the ten meter calling frequency. I read the postings... I didn't post anything, though. I just feel that you are doing yourself and the global ham comunity a disservice by saying you will never post on QRZ again. This is, after all a discussion forum... a place where opinions can be bantered about. I certainly don't agree with everyone out there myself, but it doesn't stop me from reading the strings and occasionally postingon topics I find particularly interresting. Perhaps if you cannot handle some people's strong opinions about certain things, it's a good thing you don't post any more. I guess I just don't know what you are looking for in this posting. Are you looking for sympathy? Or are you waiting for someone to beg you back?
i would not let the dinks bother you. i thought it was worth a mention. hang in there......... allen n8oku
"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain"!!!
OZ - First Wizard
ELMERING = "NO-LIDS"
Just why I took my email address out of QRZ. I got tired of idiots emailing their response.
And some hade to wonder why non callsign ID on qrz were used so much.
"IM" is instant message
Carl R. Phipps Sr.
We have some people on here who don't understand that the old saying "It's better to keep silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt" applies even more so to the written word. #It's all QRM, just ignore it. #However, it would be a good idea to get a "throw-away" free email account for all your forum activities, so that your regular email address isn't clogged with garbage.