Foundations of Amateur Radio - Episode 84

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  1. VK6FLAB

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    Antennas are Ugly or how to add value to your neighbourhood by being a radio amateur with a boat or a flagpole on your property.

    Foundations of Amateur Radio is a weekly podcast about the 1000 hobbies that HAM radio represents. You can hear it on-line, on-air or get your own copy on-demand from the website at

    If you prefer, you can subscribe via your favourite podcast tool by searching for my callsign VK6FLAB on iTunes.
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  2. W1YW

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    How, exactly, does adding a boat enhance value on my property?
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  3. VA7MM

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    As a person with training in science and engineering I think antennas are beautiful and fascinating. For the enlightened, one can see the mathematical perfection in their design both electrically, structurally and even aerodynamically. I like antennas and often stop to gaze upon them and admire the thought and ingenuity that has gone into their creation and I imagine the purpose they serve in communications.
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  4. N6YFM

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    Humph... While I am an engineer, and can relate to all your words and thoughts above,
    my neighbors use a lot fewer intelligent words when looking at my antenna's, and they
    seem to carry torches.... :)

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  5. K0EED

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    The problem with the title of this thread and the premise of adding value to a property while saying antenna's are ugly is an obvious attempt to say that if you have an antenna up it lowers the value of the property and adjoining property. This has been debunked with facts. Show me one instance with facts of where a ham antenna has lowered the value of adjoining properties.
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  6. W9JEF

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    It's ham radio (not an an acronym).
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  7. ZL1GBG

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    .....says the guy with HAM in his profile picture....?? With so much unnecessary capitalisation and so many grammatical errors on his own profile write-up, one would wonder why a D.J. aka Disc Jockey or Deejay as our scribe puts it, would throw stones inside his own glass house!!

    I also think that antenna's are a thing of beauty and fascination... to a point... one can be impressed by the sheer immensity of some HAM antenna setups, but sometimes a boat with a tall mast in the back garden can navigate around the covenants placed upon many of us.

    Thanks for link Onno.
  8. W9JEF

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    Book title's are often all caps on the cover. But why capitalize ham radio in a sentence,
    unless HAM is an acronym? During my deejay days, my Aunt Ethelyn (the book author)
    would often be on the phone to correct my pronounciation, which I rightly appreciated.
    So if you have any corrections to my bio page to offer, please fell free--I won't be offended.
  9. W9JEF

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    Thank you. My nearest neighbors live football fields away, so no problem with aesthetic issues.

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  10. VK6APZ

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    Please more antennas, a joy to behold ..
    Pete VK6APZ.

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