Ham Radio Myths

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

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  1. N2NH

    N2NH Ham Member QRZ Page


    Which brings me to the poll! If there aren't any further votes, it'll be closed soon.

    Pro Code testing 53
    Anti Code testing 22

    So far the NCI types are not faring well...

    Is CW important enough to Ham Radio to continue using it on the exam?
  2. WA2ZDY

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    The novel "On The Beach" was written by Neville Shute about 1957. The original movie was from around that time, perhaps as late as 1960.

    There was a remake of the movie in the early 90's where the same scenario was in place except it was a laptop that sent ASCII data over the air whenever the sun shone upon a solar cell.

    Interesting movie about the possible psychological effects of a post nuclear war world. But like "Alas Babylon" written by Pat Frank in 1959, the likelihood of survival as suggested in these books is about 45 years out of date.

    Still very good reading/viewing indeed.
  3. K4JF

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    Nope.  Quite a variety of commercial rigs on the air in 1966.  Collins, Hammarlund, Hallicrafters, Multi-Elmac, Johnson, just to name a few off the top of the head.  Of course, the Heathkits were everywhere, but the instructions were so good, you really didn't have to know a lot of electronics to build one.  The air was also full of homebrew and rigs built from QST or Handbook instructions.  But those were in the minority.

    CB had also been around for 8 years.
  4. K7CWA

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    I read the book and saw the movie (On The Beach). It is a very good story except for the downer ending. There was only one sub and the crew travled the world trying to find life and found none. All of their familes were dead, the only survivers were on that one Nuke sub. The end comes when the depressed crew decide to leave the hatch open and submerge, ending it all.

    Yep, it was the wind and a Coke bottle that sent the random code.

    Good movie, depressing ending.

    There is another book that is fairly current, called "The Last Ship" and once again the only survivers of a nuke exchange are crews of one Russian nuke sub and one American nuke surface ship. Of course the war was between USA and USSR. I won't give away the entire story except to say only the two ships survive, the American ship has a mixed crew of men and woman but they discover the men are all sterile and the Russian crew is all male and are not sterile. Plenty of supplies are located at a secret base near one of the poles. There are very few places on the face of the Earth that are not radioactive. The human race needs to survive... oh what to do? Not the best book I have read because of the writers style but it is an interesting story.

    Getting a bit back to the main topic, I am an Extra class, I passed the 20 WPM code test, I've built and done just about everything ham radio has to offer, I like CW but rarely get on with it. I think CW is just another language and it is good to know (I wish I knew Spanish better). My wife is a NCT and I love her very much.

    As Bill Murry said in one of his "camp" movies, and he was talking about beating the teams of a rival camp... "it just doesn't matter".

    Oh yes, I am also an avid movie goer and have read hundreds of books, maybe thousands, have written technical articles and have been published many times. I retired a year ago, and all of the stupid agruments about code mean almost nothing to me. The "myths" about flashing lights and long delay echo's only tell me that the questioner needs more technical education. Of course radio waves can go around the world, what would stop them? The time delay for a echo off of the moon is around 2 seconds. RF excites the phosphor in lights quite easily. Even regular bulbs will glow if there is enough RF and enough power wiring to act as an antenna. There are good hams and bad hams and everything in between. CW is not a factor.

    Let's see, what did I miss.....?
  5. KB9LBC

    KB9LBC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am in COMPLETE agreement.
    And I will second that motion if we all could go to the rifle range instead of the pond. [​IMG]
  6. KC0FGX

    KC0FGX Ham Member QRZ Page

    My mom recently had a pace maker put in. They say she should stay away from Amateur radio & microwave ovens. Does Amateur Radio really cause problems and if so how does she know while driving she is going to pass an Amateur operators shack running 1500 watts. And which bands are going to affect it if any or at all. And if so can filtering be installed in the pace maker? This is a Myth I hope gets busted!
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