Ham Radio Myths

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KB7RKY, Nov 24, 2005.

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  1. KB7RKY

    KB7RKY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Greetings, fellow Amateurs!

    What is an interesting Ham Radio Myth you've heard of, had related to you, or that you've experienced yourself, and wondered if the Mythbusters could tackle it to see if it was possible?

    I'm a member/administrator of the Mythbusters Fan Club ( http://www.mythbustersfanclub.com ), and, though we are not officially part of the show, we post ideas and discussions about the myths that Adam and Jamie test in a friendly and civil discussion format...even going so far as to design our own myths, complete with information, testing criteria, and a testing setup.

    Also, please keep in mind our fan club is not an official site of the Mythbusters TV show...it is a privately-owned and fan-supported website.

    Here's your chance to bring to light some of those nagging Ham Radio Myths you may have heard of...and who knows?

    Thanks for your co-operation, and thanks to Fred, AA7BQ, for allowing me to post this message here.

    73's:

    Doug, KB7RKY
    Administrator, Mythbusters Fan Club.com
     
  2. KC7JTY

    KC7JTY Banned QRZ Page

    MYTH:
    The learning & regular use of Morse Code always produces a better quality, more intelligent, more mannerly, and just all around better operator. Hence the term "REAL HAM" which is another myth.
     
  3. KE5FRF

    KE5FRF Ham Member QRZ Page

    [​IMG] APPLAUSE [​IMG]
     
  4. N2NH

    N2NH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've been hearing about LDEs (Long Delayed Echos) on the Ham bands for decades and always found them fascinating (as you might have noticed). I don't know if they would have a way to prove/disprove them, but I think it would be very interesting to look into this phenomena that has been around as long as radio has.
     
  5. NY7Q

    NY7Q Guest

    "The learning & regular use of Morse Code always produces a better quality, more intelligent, more mannerly, and just all around better operator. Hence the term "REAL HAM" which is another myth"

    Actually, this is the truth, time and time throughout history of electronics and ham radio, has shown this to be very very true.

    "the real ham is an all around CW and electronics person."
     
  6. K5GHS

    K5GHS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Unfortunately the MythBusters can only deal in absolutes [​IMG]
     
  7. N7WEJ

    N7WEJ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    The REAL HAM doesnt have to say he is...
     
  8. W7TUX

    W7TUX Ham Member QRZ Page


    And this is part of the problem in this hobby today. It must be so inspiring to be so high as to be able to look down on the rest of the world.  Have another beer.
     
  9. N0IU

    N0IU Ham Member QRZ Page

    "It ain't bragging if you can do it!"
    Ozzie Smith #1 - Retired Shortstop St. Louis Cardinals
     
  10. WD8OQX

    WD8OQX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I would like to see it confirmed that a radio wave, given the right conditions, can travel full circle around the earth. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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