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Ham Radio is "faintly embarrasing?"

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

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  1. VE3LT

    VE3LT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hey Lawrence........KB9IKY

    It's actually called "Morse Code"

    That would be "-- --- .-. ... .   -.-. --- -.. ."
    for the Morse impaired...
    Do you still own all your own teeth too?
    Geeeeeeeeeeezz Now I am embarrassed!

    73 de Tom & jilted grand master of the dits and dahs
     
  2. KC0IVY

    KC0IVY Ham Member QRZ Page

    What ?? Do we really expcet more from the media ?
    Since when ? Articles like this do not upset me, I have come to expect things like this from our increasingly uneducated populace. This is not the first time that Time has printed this type of hogwash. I bought my last copy of that magazine in 1979.
    At least we do have several Amateur Related publications that are worth their salt, and someone should send one to the misinformed persons responsible for the article.
     
  3. w7auw

    w7auw Banned QRZ Page

    ho-hum
     
  4. K3YBN

    K3YBN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Response (directed primarily to Bob Heil and others who sent comments to Time)

    Bob,
    Well done. I am glad to see that hams are not going to let a magazine of this stature (or any magazine for that matter) get away with making such an ill adivised comment.

    As you pointed out in your letter many hams have contributed to our rich history. People like H.H. Beverage, John Kraus and others too numerous to mention have given exhaustively to the hobby but they have only sewn the seeds and left the rest of us to reap the benefits.

    Many of these hams are now silent keys but they will never be forgotten. As long as our hobby survives they will be remembered each and every time one of todays hams succed in creating a new wiget or make a new discovery.

    And what of the authors amoung us who have relentlessly published books and articles in the persuit of excellance and to ensure that the hams of today have the technical expertise carry on our rich tradition.

    Suffice it to say that my 39 years as a ham have been a memorable one. Having known such great old timers as the 3 CU brothers (most notably W3CU) I can only say that Ham Radio is a hobby second to none.


    Jim
    Again well done and thanks to all of those who have sent responses to Time.
     
  5. K3YBN

    K3YBN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Response (directed primarily to Bob Heil and others who sent comments to Time)

    Bob,
    Well done. I am glad to see that hams are not going to let a magazine of this stature (or any magazine for that matter) get away with making such an ill adivised comment.

    As you pointed out in your letter many hams have contributed to our rich history. People like H.H. Beverage, John Kraus and others too numerous to mention have given exhaustively to the hobby but they have only sewn the seeds and left the rest of us to reap the benefits.

    Many of these hams are now silent keys but they will never be forgotten. As long as our hobby survives they will be remembered each and every time one of todays hams succed in creating a new wiget or make a new discovery.

    And what of the authors amoung us who have relentlessly published books and articles in the persuit of excellance and to ensure that the hams of today have the technical expertise carry on our rich tradition.

    Suffice it to say that my 39 years as a ham have been a memorable one. Having known such great old timers as the 3 CU brothers (most notably W3CU) I can only say that Ham Radio is a hobby second to none.


    Jim
    Again well done and thanks to all of those who have sent responses to Time.
     
  6. KE3Q

    KE3Q Guest

    Replying to this one:

    "I don't think my post will be read, because there are SOOO many here.  I'm a "younger" HAM at 28.  When I'm meeting single women, amateur radio is never mentioned.  If I want to tell them what I do, I say "I volunteer at the Emergency Operations Center".  If they want to know specifics "I help out with radio communications".  If they're still interested, then I'll mention amateur radio.  I take care to mention I am only interested in the "emergency communications" portion.  

    I'm not embarrassed, but I can't change public perception, so I have to make sure that people see that I like to volunteer and help, not a public perception of sitting in a radio shack just trying to get QSL cards.  I know that DX'ing and the contests requires skill, and can be fun.  Unfortunately, I can't explain that to single women before they run off in the other direction.  If there were more mainstream POSITIVE coverage of amateur radio operators in times of need, perhaps I wouldn't have this problem."

    Commenting because I found this amusing, and I'm getting over the Time magazine "issue..."

    Back in my single days I looked some in the wrong places and, realizing it, looked some in the right places.  In either I never found that my ham radio and other idiosyncrasies were a problem.  Maybe I was just able to pull this off by seeming charmingly quirky.  Yes, I was "different."  Some people, the ones I found worth bothering with, thought that was a good thing.

    As hams, we may not be just like everyone else.  Cool!

    -- Rich, KE3Q
     
  7. w7auw

    w7auw Banned QRZ Page

    yes we are like everyone else, ask a racecar driver, or an artist, a hors eback rodeoman.  You think they are not different, do you think your'e any smarter or more gifted, try doing their hobby sometime, I have.  Try enjoying riding a Harley up the highway you have just built from the ground up wiring and all.   We are all the same with different talents all cool, and not at all embarrasing in the slightest.
     
  8. KE3Q

    KE3Q Guest

    I've already posted on the Time magazine thing 3 times, but each time with a different angle on it, but at least in part defending ham radio as a technological boon to society and our bits of spectrum as a national (international really) resource and ham radio as the regular citizen's access to it. This is the fourth.

    I have sometimes described radio contesting as "the world's greatest techno-sport." I still believe that.

    Assuming there is an implication in what our detractors say that ham radio is obsolete or obsolescent (which I do not accept or believe), I would note that some of us, I for one, am also interested in vegetable and flower gardening, smallscale farming, fishing, hunting, riding horses and reading books, all technically obsolete activities to some people's way of thinking, clearly at least somewhat esoteric activities, but ones, I believe, that our world is richer for having and for keeping healthy.

    Ham radio and "even" Morse code are among these.

    Some people, including some media elite, might prefer to see us all be clones of one another (of them), all the same, all living in high rise condos -- maybe all in New York City, spending our time watching TV (probably things like "Sex and the City" and "The Sopranos," "Will and Grace" -- sorry to step on some of your toes), "surfing the web" and, no doubt, reading Time magazine (although reading of any type except perhaps on-line is technically obsolete).

    To quote Bush-41 and trying to avoid being political about it, "Sorry, ain't g'nna duh-it."

    Personally, I'm contented to let Mr. Grossman be Mr. Grossman; he should give me and us the same respect. Frankly, I do suppose I would be "faintly embarrassed," at a minimum, to be him, but I would have the politeness to not say so in Time magazine. If saying it here is vaguely similar, well I guess I'm being hypocritical.

    G'night folks, it's been an amusing discussion.

    - Rich, KE3Q
     
  9. KJ3N

    KJ3N Ham Member QRZ Page

    BWHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    STOP IT!! YOU'RE KILLING ME!!!!

    (picks himself off the floor and regains composure)

    You obviously don't spend much time looking through Q & A.

    "... ensuring at least minimal technical competence and skill." Man, you slay me!

    That statement might have been valid in the past, but I wouldn't say it holds up today.

    Just my opinion.
     
  10. KB3FYD

    KB3FYD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I saw a funny SNL News Update with Norm McDonald last night.  The report went something like:

    Yahoo was threatened by hackers yesterday.  The hackers stated that unless a fellow imprisoned hacker is released, they will take down yahoo, and the rest of the internet as well.  The FBi says that this is a difficult case to crack, and solving it may require the expertise of geeks AND nerds.

    Just relax people!
     
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