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Foundations of Amateur Radio - Episode 96

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VK6FLAB, Apr 8, 2017.

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  1. VK6FLAB

    VK6FLAB Ham Member QRZ Page

    SOTA is better than Golf

    One question I get asked regularly is: "What's the point of Amateur Radio?" Today I'm going to begin to answer this perennial question. As you know, this activity is a hobby, something you do for your personal enjoyment. People get pleasure from a vast range of undertakings and if you combine multiple such adventures into your life all the better.

    This week I have a look at one of the things you can do with your Amateur License in my weekly podcast, "Foundations of Amateur Radio" - covering the 1000 hobbies that form the hive of activity associated with Ham Radio.

    You can find this episode on iTunes if you search for my callsign, VK6FLAB, or visit the website at

    Onno VK6FLAB
  2. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    The answer to the question is...?

    Part 97 in the US has three main answers:
    1) pool of those skilled in the radio art;
    2) advancement of the radio art;
    3) international good will.
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  3. OH2FFY

    OH2FFY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Interesting , but most Hams in the world are not subject to part 97 FCC rules.
    Contrary to popular opinion , the US is not the center of the universe.

    gregW:) OH2FFY
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  4. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes Greg, hence why I said "Part 97 in the US"...


    Chip W1YW
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  5. OH2FFY

    OH2FFY Ham Member QRZ Page

    The correct way to put it would have been . ''in the US , our part 97 says.....'' , or alternatively ''US Hams are under part 97 where it says......''

    It's probably easy to forget that Hams from around the world are here too ....
    Either way though your comment about the goals of Ham Radio , as in part 97 , is quite correct.

    Many communications authorities , or licensing authorities , or leagues , have similar objectives for Ham Radio , but are not carbon copies of the US part 97.
    Often similar , but not the same :)

    gregW:) OH2FFY
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2017
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  6. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    No Greg,

    Didn't forget a thing.

    The English is quite correct. Certainly no slight intended nor implied. CU on the bands!

    Chip W1YW
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  7. N3WVB

    N3WVB Ham Member QRZ Page

    For me ....
    It is the most amazing hobby in the world
    No matter how old you get , no matter your existing or future health concerns
    You can enjoy this hobby to the fullest
    Friendships formed around the world and across the street
    A Transceiver, microphone and wire is all it takes :)
    And The Rewards Are Countless
    "Keep Ham Radio Alive"

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  8. KA4KOE

    KA4KOE Ham Member QRZ Page

  9. KI8W

    KI8W Ham Member QRZ Page

    Considering some the behavior I hear on the various bands I would say that...
    The pool of skilled in the radio art is in serious trouble.
    Advancement in the radio art...connecting everything to the internet is not radio art.
    International Goodwill....ever get any more than a 599 or 59 out of a DX contact lately?
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  10. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    The dysfunction is dominant, but we still have pools of ops who are techno savvy; globally friendly; and EC experienced.

    I don't pretend that I am all three simultaeously, certainly not right now, but have been over my 50 years of hamming.

    My fear is that the dead HF and MF bands will drive us almost exclusively to narrow BW digital modes, that require so little spectrum that most of our allottments will be up for grabs.

    That is the downside of going digital and QRS....

    Man, the bands really stink right now. This is the first time since I bought the TS-990 when the noise was dominated by thephase noise of the RX and not sky noise....

    I had to make sure the antennas were connected.

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