Almost embarrassed to be a amateur radio operator

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KG5TED, Sep 12, 2017.

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  1. K1OIK

    K1OIK Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I am totally OK with a ham receiving joy, even great joy from a QSL card but when it eclipses family, weddings, children, that is sad.
    So what is your greatest joy?
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  2. N8AFT

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    Not sure his hobby is the eclipse but rather his relationship with God.
  3. K3EY

    K3EY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Waking up every morning and being able to move breathe see smell taste feel and hear the birds or even a barking dog.

    What is not a joy is getting on the radio and screaming CQ TEST until I am bleeding all over, including other stations trying
    to enjoy the hobby as well. And they call it fun. Sounds like Andy Griffin with his "And they call it Football"
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  4. WD4IGX

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    I've done a tiny amount of contesting back in the day and I've never had it result in bleeding, nor heard of anyone else having that problem. ;)
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  5. K3EY

    K3EY Ham Member QRZ Page

    And they call it sardonic

    Actually when there is a test on--too many times---I turn off the radio and forget about it.
  6. KV6O

    KV6O Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ahh, I see were firmly in the contest bashing phase of this thread, just for everybody's notes, I think no-code ops are next on the list, followed by around of Elecraft bashing, then finally blaming everything on FCC enforcement.
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  7. W0XX

    W0XX Ham Member QRZ Page

    ..followed by bashing the retired or older ops, those that appreciate code, those that go to's all in there ....
    There are myriads of ways to enjoy the hobby. You just have to pick something and go do it...never have found it boring or obsolete...certainly wouldn't enjoy sitting at a dinner table with narcissistic individuals all sliding figures across the iPhone screen....unable to communicate socially....
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  8. N5PAR

    N5PAR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am part of a group mainly comprised of members of my Church who are amateurs. We live in a community a little north of Houston. Nine years ago as Hurricane Ike approached we setup times to have simplex nets after the storm blew over if normal forms of communication were affected.

    To our surprise cell service worked right after the storm passed. It worked until the battery backups at the cell sites started dying 8 to 10 hours later. Local ARES activated as well as our Church group. In the following week or so amateur radio did assist at shelters and food distribution centers providing needed communications. As power was slowly restored and cell sites came back on line our services were not needed.

    Before Harvey hit I contacted my Church group members and asked them to dig out their 2 meter radios and we did have a simplex net before the storm. As with Ike we agreed on net time if normal Communications were interrupted as it was last time.

    In the 9 years since Ike most of the cell sites have been equipped with generators that either run off big propane tanks or natural gas. As a result cell service was not interrupted when Harvey came thought a couple of weeks ago. I had several amateurs call me wanting to know why we had not activated. "Well it because normal communications hasn't been affected." I told them.

    Because of changes made in the infrastructure our services were not needed this time. Unfortunately for the amateurs in my group that only became hams for "when all else fails" many of them couldn't remember their call sign much less get their radios working. Fortunately the handful of members that look at AR as a hobby were ready to go if needed.
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  9. WF4W

    WF4W Ham Member QRZ Page

    it always comes back to bashing contesters. . . I like "points" - i collect contest points when contesting, I collect DXCC entities in everyday radio activities, I collect states/grids/dx using digital modes. To me, it's like collecting rare items on online games, points/levels on various XBOX games, and kills on other games.... or wins/stats in baseball (batting average, ERA, RBI, etc)

    as many have said, we all enjoy different aspects of the hobby and none is better than any others...
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  10. WU8Y

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    That's a real good attitude to have. I wish I saw it more here on Teh Zed.
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