Ham Radio is "faintly embarrasing?"

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KV9Y, Dec 28, 2004.

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  1. W6EM

    W6EM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yep, this does it for me. Their first big mistake was chosing Dubyah as "man of the year". And now this.

    Well, I hear the "man of the year" issue sales have really slumped, so serves them right. Hardy har har.


    Hey, how bout a new meaning to the old phrase, "Time Out" ?
  2. N7RVN

    N7RVN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Actually, both hobbys are being helpful with the recent flooding from the Tsuanmis in the Indian Ocean area.  We are (stamp collectors and hams) helping with health and welfare traffic and timely passing of information.

    We use airwaves, the stamp collectors help the postal service.  Our way gets it there accurately and pretty fast.  The postal service is ...... ok, it will get there <s>  soon </s>  sometime.  TIME publishes weekly with whatever comments they can fit between advertisements.  My vote is for TIME being most embarrassing.
  3. K6BBC

    K6BBC Senior Moderator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    HELLO - freedom of the press.

  4. N2NVH

    N2NVH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Gentlemen...We shouldn't be so concerned about these things. In 30 years the world will still know Ham Radio... will it know Lev Grossman?
  5. KS4XN

    KS4XN Ham Member QRZ Page

    wb9gkz: I'm not sure where you came up with this idea of ham radio being built upon white male culture but You should know that there are many non-white hams in the U.S. and worldwide. Even so, I'm not concerned with the racial make-up of the majority of hams. It's not about race it's about communication, learning, experimentation and all of those things that attract many people of, yes, diverse backgrounds.

    We can't control the stereotypes of some in the community who haven't really experienced what amateur radio offers, but through our actions we can educate. Some out there may consider it an odd hobby and likely know little of the service aspects. Keep doing the positive things and enjoy what we have and don't be shy about letting those good things be heard.

  6. n4vox

    n4vox Guest

    I must be reading it wrong, but it says that ham radio is not embarassing, what in the world is wrong with that statement?

    I just don't get your point.

  7. K1MH

    K1MH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hey guys chill out. People have been makine cracks about ham radio for years. A couple that come to mind and has been used on the Drew Carey show a few times.

    Drew's parents move back into the house and he is panicking. One of his friends says, "So your parents moved back in so what." Drew says, "I'm 40 years old living with my parents, all I need is a Ham Radio and I'll be all set!"

    The second one I recall was said by Howard Stern. A really good looking woman said to Howard, "Howard you should be able to get any woman you want". Howards reply," Yeah, everyone thinks this show gets me women but this isnt TV, what I do for a living is about two notches above Ham Radio".

    Now, was what Time Magazine printed all that bad?


  8. W1XBS

    W1XBS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Have you SEEN the typical ham (or smelled him?) I'm more than "faintly embarrassed" to call these people my peers.
  9. KO1C

    KO1C Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    This is what I sent Time:

    Dear Time,

    You recently published (online; elsewhere??) an article about George
    Bush being 2004 Person of the Year.

    Within this article, you wrote: Power Line Named Blog of the Year:
    TIME also names Power Line its Blog of the Year. "Before this year,
    blogs were a curiosity, a cult phenomenon, a faintly embarrassing
    hobby on the order of ham radio and stamp collecting.

    I am completely offended that you would call amateur (ham) radio an
    embarrasing hobby.

    Amateur radio played a vital communications role in this year's
    hurricane season in Florida, as it has in the many season's before.
    Amateur radio played a vital communications role when the F-5 tornado
    hit Oklahoma City a few years back.

    If there is no power, no phones and your cell phone won't work and you
    have to communicate, and you're too embarrased to call a ham, then I
    might suggest smoke signals.

    Who's embarrased now?


    David M. Carney, N1ZHE
  10. N6JSM

    N6JSM Guest

    This from someone who knows nothing of Amateur Radio, if he'd bother.....Walter Cronkite is among us, so I dont give this moron Grossman much credit, just another Libral PYSDO INTELLECTUAL.........they dont read enough..........
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