Some Say Our Hobby is a...

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KM6CND, Mar 11, 2018.

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  1. KM6CND

    KM6CND Ham Member QRZ Page

    Waste of time.
    Why do that when you could...
    Insert your thoughts here.

    For about 3 months I had to live with Internet access by cell phone with 6 gigs of data a month. Trust me, it makes you think very hard about why you need to spend a few minutes on Web SDR and Band Conditions.

    When I finally had full Internet access with "100 up and down" (yea, right) I became reacquainted with the world through the Internet. Then I started thinking... Before the Internet and email, where instant exchanges of voice and data and photos and..

    There was Ham radio. Those who were Hams could literally "talk to the world, one QSO at a time"
    And those who did not, could not.

    Hams had Packet Radio to send a "cave man" form of email as we might consider it today.
    The rest of us had pen, paper, envelope and stamp.

    Some Hams had radios in their cars and could keep in touch with YL at home or call for help if the car died on the road.
    The rest of us had to walk to the nearest pay phone and hope we have enough coins in our pocket.

    All those examples are great and clearly outdated and I really don't care.

    Today, God forgot to wake up the Sun. Propagation was FLAT (less than 5) on all bands. The Noon Time Net was a serious challenge and every time we collectively reminded ourselves of just how bad the band was, I thought, "the band conditions are great! this means we all have to really work hard and make use of every tool and technique we have to simply claim the victory of 'checking in' to the NTN".

    It was worth the effort.
     
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  2. KK6NOH

    KK6NOH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Some might say model trains are a waste of time as well... except for one thing. It brings pleasure to those who enjoy the hobby. Other than that you do not need to justify or explain yourself to anyone.
     
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  3. WN6U

    WN6U Subscriber QRZ Page

    Some (most?) internet forums are a waste of time. o_O
     
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  4. WA7PRC

    WA7PRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Almost anything. They're all pastimes... used to pass time.
     
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  5. KB2SMS

    KB2SMS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Who cares what they say? Seriously.
     
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  6. NL7W

    NL7W Ham Member QRZ Page

    And I like Bryan's active pastime pursuit. His tower accomplishes that effectively and efficiently. :)
     
  7. N6QIC

    N6QIC Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Joke,

    Hello Jeff,
    When some people are run off of a repeater by others, for just wanting to say hello to a friend, some of us will never come back.

    At the time Frank KR6AL the president of the Catalina repeater association did not do a very good job trying to explain it away. He never said enough to make the situation any better.

    Lisa, "Don't let the door hit you in the ### on the way out" was not a very enlightening thing to hear or to be told to me and my friends by the one in charge of the repeater.

    That is why you never hear me on the Catalina repeater, there is just no one there that I care to talk to. I talk to my friends on the phone, on the HF or on the KD6DDM repeater where we are welcomed by David, the owner of the repeater.

    If ham radio all went away today I would just find something else to do.

    But nice to se you in the forums Jeff, :)
    73, Lisa
     
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  8. KY5U

    KY5U Subscriber QRZ Page

    Some say this thread is..... stupid
     
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  9. KM6CND

    KM6CND Ham Member QRZ Page

    Lisa, I will always find time to say hello, heard you on NTN a few times. The good thing about SoCal is there are plenty of local repeaters to hang out on.

    Perhaps if I never found Ham Radio, I'd likely be reading more. So many books...so little time.:)
     
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  10. N5PAR

    N5PAR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Some say our hobby is an outdated mode of communications on its way to the grave yard. I know we have JT8, PSK, winlink, APRS, CW, and various, other modes to play with but in the end the magic of communicating with distant lands over the air just isn’t interesting to most people anymore.

    Yea some brag about there being more licensed amateurs than ever before but most of them are technicians that came into the hobby in the last few years due to ARRLs “when all else fails” campaign. The vast majority of these people have no interest in HF and once they find out the when all else fails moments are extremely rare they loose interest and will in all likelihood not renew there license.

    That leaves us old farts that actually enjoy the hobby to keep thing going until we die off.
     
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