Gallagher's Latest Screed

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W6UV, Jan 12, 2018.

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  1. W6UV

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    Doesn't Gallagher have better things to do than editorialize about how television programs depict amateur radio and hams? I thought his "Open Letter" hatchet job on N6VHF was dumb, but this one is just plain hilarious.

    He must not get on the air much (if at all) if he's never heard "handle" used on the ham bands. I hear it frequently, as in "handle here is Joe". The use of handle predates CB by a number of years, so his equating it to good buddy, bears, and green stamps is just plain out of touch and wrong.

    Then he climbs further up on his high horse declaring handles as "belonging to lesser practitioners than ourselves". Can the guy be more full of himself? Apparently not, because according to him there's a "real distinction between the great mass of the unlicensed and those who have passed a series of examinations". Never mind that the answers to those exams are published and many, if not most, of the lofty hams he's referring to memorized the answers in order to pass these horrendously difficult exams. Not.

    Another point where he's wrong--ham's are socially awkward, but not in the way he's thinking. They're often fat, smelly, and unkempt, and in a way that makes them socially awkward. They're not socially awkward in the way The Big Bang Theory depicts physicists and engineers as socially awkward. He then brings up a list of politicians, musicians, and actors as if that were in any way representative of the vast majority of hams. Hardly.

    He then wastes more ink pointing out that television often takes artistic license. Well, duh! And "NCIS Newington"? Excuse me for a moment while I go retch.

    Sumner at least had a dignified and moderate style in his editorials. I'm looking forward to Gallagher's next howler--he's great entertainment.
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  2. KK5JY

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    ...but he will never compete with the 'Z forums. We had that NCIS thing completely chewed up long before he got a hold of it... ;)
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  3. KW4GT

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    I didn't realize Gallagher was into ham radio. Wow, cool!!!!

    (And yes, he IS a great entertainer)

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  4. W7UUU

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    Who is Gallagher? o_O

  5. W6UV

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    Seriously? He's the "CEO" of the ARRL and, as such, writes the monthly editorial in QST.
  6. KK4ZYM

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    ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher
  7. WZ7U

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    Oooooh, that Gallagher.

    I'm in.
  8. W3WN

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    I couldn’t even read more than a few paragraphs of that editorial.

    Let’s just say that if he is trying to make the case that he belongs on the ARRL Board... this didn’t help matters. Not one, single bit.

    As my grandfather, God rest his soul, used to say... What a putz.
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  9. W5WN

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    Well stated. I couldn't agree more.
  10. WB2WIK

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    "Handle" goes back about 150 years in American terminology. I have seen it used in movies about the Old West ("cowboy" movies) depicting life between the Civil War and the turn of the century, and the screenwriters didn't just make this stuff up.

    But anyway...I never use that term in hamming. I say, "Name here is..." on phone or OP STEVE on CW. I used to say, "Handle here is loose, but when I find my screwdriver I'll fix that" but not many seemed to get it.:p
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