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  1. VE3ZYR

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    It's on the good girl checklist:

    She's a good girl, loves her mama
    Loves Jesus and America, too
    She's a good girl, crazy 'bout Elvis
    Loves horses and her boyfriend, too

    Free Fallin'
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  2. N0NB

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    Christmas 1973? I probably got a couple of model rocket kits an erector set and maybe some plastic models. Radio stuff was still about a decade in my future.
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  3. WA4KCN

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    Each to his own but to me these ads represent better times for ham radio.
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  4. KA4DPO

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    I agree.
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  5. N2EY

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    Back then, ham gear was much more expensive and much less reliable than today.
  6. WA4KCN

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    I know you differ on this Jim. I appreciate you look to the future and are positive about today’s amateur radio.

    It’s more about my personality. I enjoy ham radio today. Thanks friend. I admire you.

    73 de Russ
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  7. N0NB

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    Based on those metrics, perhaps there was more satisfaction of having labored significantly to afford the equipment due to the expense and likewise more satisfaction of completing a contact because it was much less of a sure thing. Looking back those times are perceived to have been more simple. One operated CW or SSB (AM in earlier days). RTTY was still a specialized mode and SSTV even more so. Computers in the shack were non-existent and for a lot of folks more senior than me that definitely represents a simpler time.

    Logging was done on paper. Knowing whether you might qualify for an award required some time to go through the log and stack of QSLs. It sounds counterintuitive, but even that is its own reward. There were no worldwide spotting networks except for being on the bands. And there is the rub. Many are watching the computer screen for that new one and aren't on the air until that one pops up on the screen. Then all bedlam breaks loose!

    I'm noting these things and I'm a technonut! I'm surrounded by tech and I would find it tough to give it up and yet, I have to think that if all the tech disappeared this instant except for the radios, I'd spend more time on the radios.

    Have we gotten so focused on the destination--working that new station (DXCC, WAS, etc.)--and forgotten the journey?

    I think this why, despite all the modern stuff, my TS-520SE is such a nice change and why I do my best to fire it up at least once a week.
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  8. WD0BCT

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    Second only to "World Peace".
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  9. K1LKP

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  10. W9YAC

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    One of my favorites from about 1960:

    Collins No Finer Way to Please (2).jpg
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