Well, here, in the 2010's, shouldn't we have a PSK31 test?
Apparently. And it further suggests that 'skin' in the game equates to sweat on the brow. What it doesn't address, is why successful effort breeds the contempt of wastrels.
Originally Posted by WA6TKD
If you have to worry about the cost of HF e-mail, you can't afford the boat.
CW: The mode that accomplishes the most with the least circuitry, the least spectrum, and the least power.
What hath God wrought?
He hath wrought that pounding brass still kicks .- ... ...
Just to preach the same old rehash..... The original qualities that made a ham ticket more attractive than say, a CB ticket, or just operating 'HF' as a sideline, and unlicensed, WAS that effort, ie: commitment WAS required, ...Short brained, helmet wearing, window licking , short bus riding goofs were essentially banned, NOT by decree, but by the nature of the required hoops....So, it became, by default, a somwhat desirable hobby. NOTHING inherantly evil in THAT, but take away that barrier, or 'hoop' and fairly quickly the desirability dies. Hence, the ease with which NEW operating proceedures are adapted, and older, 'learned by experience' operating procedures are dropped.
Think of it in the same vein as watches, hand made, maybe three to five a year, by a craftsman, , teaching a willing, eager, youg journyman the art. THAT watch is worn and shown with pride, cared for and respected, the craftsman is respected, takes pride in his tools, the aplication of his art, and so on. Bring on cheap watches that sell for $5.00 and can be made by an automatic machine with an 'on-off' button.
Not hard to imagine the change in attitudes twoard those watches and the men who make them.
Maybe not a great analogy, but repect IS tied to effort, value is automaticly lowered for something easily attained.
Communism FAILED because of human nature, Capitalism survived because people could WORK, take some OWNERSHIP with pride, in the economy, and see personal return on effort.
Last edited by WA9CWX; 07-26-2012 at 10:55 PM.
"Clear intent is the best predictor of experience"
It took a Study from Harvard University to figure that out? GEEZ. That should be grade school logic!
I tell visitors to our club station that (at least) SOME of us still see the MAGIC to be able to sit down at the radio, talk to a complete stranger half way around the world, IN REAL TIME (no Internet involved) and make a friend! How cool is THAT?