Depends on how bitter you are. LOL
Originally Posted by KJ6VCN
Never had an analyser - am I a lid?
Often use 100w on 40m for a local (radius 20miles) net because otherwise half the stations can't hear me due to the hilly terrain....am I a lid?
I could go on......I think the OP's list is basically a handbook on how to be a lid/idiot/twerp.
you might be a lid is your the trustee of K3LID.
sorry dude, must have bumped the VFO.
You might be a lid if you're a bitter 5wpm code wonder. I mean I'm just sayin'....
I would have to say... you, in your sarcastic way hit it on the head... if you do those things in the list... then yes, you're a LID.
Originally Posted by G4OTU
BTW: 1KW is a gallon... 1.5KW is a gallon and a half.
Could be.... could be a LID at 40WPM too. (or any other code speed)
You know when I posted this, I thought it a little tongue in cheek method of highlighting those things that are rude, inconsiderate, and considered bad practice... it seems it hits a raw nerve with a lot of you... like it or not, if you do any of these things, you have some habits that are characteristic of a bad operator... a LID. These are things that I, and you, encounter on a daily basis... are we falling into the trap of thinking: "Everybody does it." or "It really does not matter." It does not make any difference why we do them, but if we do them, then guess what... we might be LIDs. Are you offended by that? Why? Just how many of these things do you do?
Originally Posted by N7GH
In HAM Radio all operating procedures are based on good engineering practices and courtesy, when that breaks down--we get sloppy or forget or start to just not care--then, like it or not, we become LIDs. When I hear someone tuning their 1200 Watts up over the top of the pileup that I'm trying to work, then you bet ya, I'm thinking: "That guy is a total LID." He's just too lazy to go 5 up or 5 down, or more, to find a clear frequency. When I hear the guy continuously giving his call through the DX's selection of contact, and then he turns on his linear and starts tuning up, then continuing with the same SOP... you bet ya... I'm thinking it, and so is the DX. The quote: "My station's got no ears, so unless you have 800+ watts, I cannot hear you." Is actually a quote from working DX one night.
Think about it... if you are offended by someone puting out a list of things that are considered: "LID-isms"... why does it bother you... and how many of them do you have in your SOP? The solution is simple... just stop doing them: you and the bands will be better off for it.
Last edited by N7GH; 05-02-2012 at 01:56 PM.
hey, i resemble that remark
Originally Posted by KR2C
now get off my frequency.
sorry dude, must have bumped the VFO.
As for where "ham" operator came from:
There are several theories although it is generally accepted that "ham" actually has its origins in the theater. For centuries, a poor actor has been called a "ham". During the early days of wireless communications there was absolutely no regulation and amateur operators often "butted heads" with commercial operators. It didn't help that amateur operators often had better equipment than the commercial operators.
Taking a "clue" from the theater, commercial operators started calling amateur radio operators "ham operators" with "ham" being a not-so-nice title. However, just like "Yankee" was a detrimental title applied by the British to their "backwards" American Colonists that the Americans took as a badge of honor, "ham" operator became accepted by amateur radio operators.
Unfortunately, "ham" operator was adopted by many Class "D" Citizen's Band operators and by those operating illegally as "freebanders". The result is that, in the eyes of many people, there is no difference between legally operating amateur radio operators and CBers and freebanders. When someone has problems with interference to televisions, audio equipment, and so forth, it is that "ham" operator up the street causing problems even though, in the vast majority of cases, it is either a CBer operating illegally or a freebander.
Because the term "ham" has acquired a definite negative connotation, I do not, in fact have never, referred to myself as a "ham" radio operator. My license says "Amateur Radio" and NOT "ham". For the 53-years that I have been licensed (well, 53-years in 13 days), I have been an "amateur radio operator" and not a "ham" radio operator.