Re: What happened to friendly hams?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by K9STH, Jan 5, 2002.

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  1. K9STH

    K9STH Platinum Subscriber Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Actually, you had to hold a license for at least two years before you could get an Extra Class license from the time it was created in the early 1950s, not five years.

    But, the remainder of your observations seem to be correct!

    The vast majority of amateur radio operators are a helpful, friendly lot. Unfortunately, it is the rude, obnoxious ones that you remember. Sort of like all the teenagers and young adults. A very small minority makes things very rough for the majority by the things that they do.

    I did not agree with the reduction in code speed nor the elimination of the Novice class license. But, the FCC did this and we have to live with it. At least the effect was no where as bad as on 22 November 1967 when the Conditional, General, and Advanced class licensees lost significant operating privileges through the action of the FCC.

    Unfortunately, the obnoxious amateurs seem to have more "time on their hands" and make themselves "known" on the bands. Percentage wise, there may be slightly more than in the past. But, there have always been obnoxious amateurs operating. A case in point is W2OY. He is now deceased, but if you ever ran afoul of him you would definitely know it! And, if you ever operated on 75, 40, 20, 15, or 10 meters you probably ran into him! He had a "private" frequency on each band. He might not have been operating on it for hours, but if you called CQ on it, he would come down "hard". He would only work a selective group of stations with "W" calls, no "K", or two letter prefix calls at all. Never use phoentics where he could hear you, for he would go into at least a 15 minute tirade against you.

    There used to be a group on 75 meters and on 20 meters made up of the same type of individuals and this was back in the 1950s and 1960s. Things haven't changed, but there are definitely very unfriendly, obnoxious, unhelpful amateur radio operators out there.

    My "motto" on this subject is written in Latin: Illigitimi non-carborundum. The literal translation is "do not allow the male children of dubious birth wear you down". The "liberal" translation is "don't let the bastards get you down".

    Glen, K9STH

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