Just for fun I looked over the CB Tricks message boards, just to see what these so called lesser of the Radio Food chain talk about (oh by the way I still have one of these things still in use, oh no!. #And to my surprise out of 17 of the 18 top threads on the first page of the General Disscussion section was about, get this RADIO! #Not who is running for dog catcher, or even the mention of how dumb Hams opperators are just radio. #Only one thread for politics imagine that gee, I want to talk (and learn) more about Ham radio. #If I want politics I can tune in to 209.850mhz (thats my local NBC news channel) and I dont need a ticket to hear that one or a $2000.00 ham rig. #We like who we like based on upbringing, family and what we belive and beating this horse will do nothing. #CB and Politics should be at the bottom of the threads not running at the top. #My .02 cents.....Hey W3SY you still havent shown me how to use this dern rig yet LOL HAW!!!!!!!
Just in case this isn't just a troll:
There's an old piece of Amateur Radio literature called the Amateur's Code. If you're newly licensed, I suggest you read it. One of the tenets of that code is that a Radio Amateur is balanced. That radio is a hobby that does not interfere with other important, and some possibly trivial, aspects of life.
This board reflects that eclectic and diverse character of Amateur Radio operators. So any topic thread relating to other aspects of life are appropriate. It wouldn't do for a ham to have tunnel vision, or too narrow a focal point, would it?
If a thread or topic doesn't appeal to you, don't read it and don't respond to it.
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 .- ... ...
It boils down to this, adults can talk about more than just radio.
(did I just say that this is an ADULT board and the ... other radio service ... is for children?)
I understand your concern, however, Ham Radio is controlled by a political body called the FCC... This body is controlled by the White House through appointment to the Commission and by congress through legislation...
At present there are a number of issues directly related to our political situation that very strongly effect Ham Radio... one being the NTIA request for comments on some questions that they have been instructed to ask by the White House... The under riding theme of these questions seem to indicate that there is some consideration of moving control of the RF spectrum and communications in general to the Department of Commerce...
Many of us are afraid that a move such as this would lead to decisions being made even MORE towards commercial decision in assignment of radio spectrum rather than treating it as a natural resource that should be preserved and respected... Some of us are wondering if there is already a plan in the works to try and do this... IMHO, it would be a very bad move... and could have a devistating effect on Amateur Radio... ie: BPL would be more important than a bunch of guys yakkin' on the air and there might be an argument that there is no longer a need for emergency communication by Hams since our frequencies could be allotted to some sort of 'Civil Defense' authority operated on a state level and controlled by 'professionals' ...
This is not a good thing for us... or, again IMHO, for the Nation...
Sorry, but politics is very much a part of Ham Radio... and code/no-code or CB or pick-your-favorite-subject is an insignificant part of it... there seem to be folks out there who have bigger fish to fry...
In my recent study and reading, I am finding there are several groups out there who want a single world order with full control of a lot of things including communications... I have only scratched the surface, but what is scary is that the membership to one of these organizations reads like a whos-who of the White House... I am doing further research and will continue to try and inform those who are interested, but I believe EVERY Ham should be interested in this...
I understand your point, but it must be noted that there are other forums on QRZ that represent what you wish. This particular forum is 'Talk and Opinions', thusly there is plenty of both and they may often have little or nothing to do with amateur radio per se. It's just people that share the same bond of radio discussing whatever strikes their fancy. Many thanks to QRZ for having such a forum and allowing us to share thoughts and ideas about radio and beyond.
Brett - KB9YCO - Mt. Pleasant/Racine,WI USA
"Back From the Dead!"
Republicans all upstanding? That's a good one, funniest thing I've heard all day.
Partisan politics suck, try common sense, something that doesn't seem to be very common lately.
I consider most of us who post here to be multifaceted people. Yep, there are issues on this board concerning politics, and CB. And there are some concerns about where this hobby is going to and rightly so. But you need to understand that above and beyond our hobby that we are also concerned about the world around us. Some people (myself included) feel that some of these things need to be discussed.
Remember that after all is said and done we are still part of the brother and sisterhood of Amateur Radio. We can choose to be friendly toward each other even if we don't agree on everthing. And the best part about posting here is knowing if I have question about the hobby I can ask ANYONE here and they are happy to help.
I don't have to agree with someone's opinion in order for me to appreciate them.
73 de Gary
"If you ever find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop dig'n." - Will Rogers
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Words to live by, my friends.
Nice job, WPW.
Deja Moo: The feeling that you've heard this bull before.
Possibly the most profound version of this thought is discussed on this web page:
73 from Jim AG3Y
Ham Radio, Amateur Astronomy, and Model Airplanes - what better way to spend some time!
No time is ever wasted that is spent LEARNING something !
Aw come on, folks! Let's all be Cheerful Charlies and quote
Voltaire's main character in "Candide": "We live in the best of
all possible worlds"!!!
Let's all get together, SY style, and have a group hug!
I guess that proves, "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition"!
Y'all go and play nice! Ya heah! 73 Cal K4JSR