Foundations of Amateur Radio - Episode 89

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VK6FLAB, Feb 18, 2017.

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  1. KN0DE

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    I do not think it died, as that would mean that NOBODY would be on the air. In my idea is that most people are only looking at HF not VHF or UHF I do believe the the FCC needs to give more HF privileges to technicians, since hf is the place were a lot of amateur radio fun is had. Unfortunately hf is slowing down to a stop because solar cycle 24 is coming to a stop and solar cycle 25 is starting, so the bands are "dead" not amateur radio, there are about 2.7 million hams in the world.

    Luke Horning KM6DJS
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2017
  2. WA7WJR

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    What a bunch of hateful malarkey. #LMAO
  3. WA7WJR

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    Well, in fact, amateur radio as a hobby, and communicating over the radio is perhaps one of the earliest forms of social media.

    Amateur Radio enabled people with common interests to communicate and share ideas, form 'friendships', and enjoy conversations with individuals far and near, and broadcast those exchanges across public airwaves for others to eavesdrop on. That, my friend IS social media!

    Years ago the end goal of building kits, mucking around with antenna designs, and tinkering with electronics all had one reach out into the airwaves to make a contact, to build asocial network.
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  4. WE4E

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    Or answering them.

    I'm a new ham, finally getting my extra last summer after decades of threatening to do it. I think one of the cornerstones of the hobby is making new contacts and exchanging more than 59 and 73.

    I characterize myself as a "band vagabond" and I actively prowl listening for CQs. I will rarely decline to attempt a return. And I've met some of the kindest people doing just that.
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  5. KC2QQR

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    I agree. Most of my contacts are those 59 and 73 contacts -- some of it due to band conditions, but not all the time. On the other hand, I have had some really enjoyable QSOs on HF. I to also like to listen for CQs and respond as long as I can understand the station's call. I don't like responding when someone is rattling their call off like it's a game of who can say your call fast enough. Drives me crazy. I sit there with a pencil and pad each time the person calls CQ in hopes I can translate the call because they are saying it so darn fast, my scratch pad looks like I played a game of call sign word scramble. It makes it a real turn off and I tend to avoid those folks. When I call, I say it in normal speaking voice, sometimes slower when I know the bands are iffy, plus it keeps me keyed up a little longer which helps the curious prowlers find me.

    It also drives me crazy when folks start adding stuff their assigned callsign... like those crazy slant/stroke/slash then some characters like country codes, maritime, dual callsigns, etc. Makes deciphering the real call an unnecessary pain or sometimes impossible if band conditions are not so good.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2017
  6. KG5AJX

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    A few observations that I held back put I think I will put them out there (a few rants).

    1 - As a no code tech there are a bunch of mid to old timers that look down and think of us as nothing more than appliance operators
    -- Don't push us away, or be all high and mighty we find it offensive and it drives us away ( we also fix your computers )
    -- Instead of pushing us away, talk to us and we both can learn something

    2 - There are a bunch of hams that want to help but the newer equipment/technology/modes may be lost on them ( IRLP, echolink, dstar and such)
    -- The younger generation has lots to teach us
    -- I am teaching 2 kids who had zero interest until I showed them how to connect an HT to a RaspberryPi and it to their cell phone to use echolink for a QSO in Japan

    3 - Time, many people don't have time or the ability or willingness to make time to be an Elmer so many of us are on our own
    -- We as a society need to take a breath and relax a bit more

    4 - Bands, I am too new to understand the band plans 100% but I know where I can and can not transmit. I have a 4 bander in the truck, I get told all the time to not use the 10m as its not SSB ( see 1 above )
    -- I for one would like to bee allowed to us the strait FM 10 meter my radio has but it also drives me nuts to work on getting my General

    5 - Band conditions, not what they where 40 years ago when I first saw my first radio and watched my uncle work DX with an HT in Grandmas family room nor not what they where 20 years ago
    -- I think if we see the bands open a bit it will attract more people, or at least help drive the desire
    -- I made my first 2 meter DX QSO the other day, 170 miles away

    6 - CBer's, I know that they are looked down upon by many purists, I for one was one, I came up working 11 meter SSB and that experience to this day drives my push for my General
    -- I have a CB in my emergency kit along with 4 HT's and the ability to power it all, I live in Hurricane country and when we get one nothing works not even the repeaters

    7 - Public perception, if your seen with an HT your either seen as an authority figure or a maintenance guy, carry mine and use it as often as I can, I get real weird looks also
    -- I think the public perception is well... something we need to change

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