HAM from the boondocks

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  1. KQ2N

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    Been a ham and camper since 1979, this was the first year I combined the two! Bought a "new to me" Yaesu FT-897 with LDG tuner as well and use a random wire antenna for HF and the Arrow 2m/70cm yagi for local or satellite operating. I can use either the FT-897's internal batteries or my class C camper's bank of batteries. My home QTH is very quiet QRN wise, but to my surprise, a couple state campgrounds I visit have noisy utility lines that run to the scattered bathrooms in the parks causing QRN on the HF bands. As others have mentioned, on HF, cw is the mode of choice. 73 de KQ2N
  2. WD5ABC

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    Depending on how far in the boondocks you plan to go, if you're backpacking you'll want something very light. That means mostly CW but there are some fairly small rigs that do SSB like the Elecraft and MFJ rigs. I have a NorCal 40A which weighs almost nothing and will sip power from batteries, something the newer digital rigs can't do, but it's only 40m and only CW. If you're going to stay close to the car and can carry batteries, something like the guys have mentioned will be fine. Or a Yaesu 857D like mine. It all depends on the mission! If there are trees you can use lightweight wire and feedline with a very light tuner to use a dipole on several bands. If there are no trees you can make a vertical out of a crappie pole or one of the fancy fiberglass extending or stackable poles. There are lots of choices, have fun and congrats on the upgrade!
  3. KD5AUU

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    A lot of HAM's like to capitalize maybe as a show of respect for the hobby. I don't know.......here is one account of how the name came to be and this author chose to capitalize HAM at every mention of the word - Hardly something worth criticizing a fellow HAM over.

    Why radio amateurs are called "HAMS"
    (from Florida Skip Magazine - 1959)

    Have you ever wondered why radio amateurs are called "HAMS?" Well, it goes like this: The word "HAM" as applied to 1908 was the station CALL of the first amateur wireless stations operated by some amateurs of the Harvard Radio Club. They were ALBERT S. HYMAN, BOB ALMY and POOGIE MURRAY.

    At first they called their station "HYMAN-ALMY-MURRAY". Tapping out such a long name in code soon became tiresome and called for a revision. They changed it to "HY-AL-MU," using the first two letters of each of their names. Early in 1901 some confusion resulted between signals from amateur wireless station "HYALMU" and a Mexican ship named "HYALMO." They then decided to use only the first letter of each name, and the station CALL became "HAM."

    In the early pioneer days of unregulated radio amateur operators picked their own frequency and call-letters. Then, as now, some amateurs had better signals than commercial stations. The resulting interference came to the attention of congressional committees in Washington and Congress gave much time to proposed legislation designed to critically limit amateur radio activity. In 1911 ALBERT HYMAN chose the controversial WIRELESS REGULATION BILL as the topic for his Thesis at Harvard. His instructor insisted that a copy be sent to Senator DAVID I. WALSH, a member of one of the committees hearing the Bill. The Senator was so impressed with the thesis is that he asked HYMAN to appear before the committee. ALBERT HYMAN took the stand and described how the little station was built and almost cried when he told the crowded committee room that if the BILL went through that they would have to close down the station because they could not afford the license fees and all the other requirements which the BILL imposed on amateur stations.

    Congressional debate began on the WIRELESS REGULATION BILL and little station "HAM" became the symbol for all the little amateur stations in the country crying to be saved from the menace and greed of the big commercial stations who didn't want them around. The BILL finally got to the floor of Congress and every speaker talked about the "...poor little station HAM." That's how it all started. You will find the whole story in the Congressional Record.

    Nation-wide publicity associated station ""HAM" with amateur radio operators. From that day to this, and probably until the end of time in radio an amateur is a "HAM."
  4. N2EY

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    The story is a complete fabrication. No such station ever existed.

    All one has to do is look up the history of the Harvard Amateur Radio Club - W1AF.


    The "ham" in "ham radio" is not an acronym and should not be all-caps.
  5. KP4SX

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    Nowadays using HAM has a different connotation. Especially when used in phrases like "I got my HAM".
  6. KD5AUU

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    Doesn't matter where the story came from - the point is still the same - you are trying to force policy on a fellow HAM with an opinion. Some of us don't give a rat's hiny whether you think HAM should be capitalized or not. That is all...
  7. N2EY

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    What's the different connotation?
  8. KQ9J

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    Putting it in all caps makes you look stupid. Just don't do it.
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