The death of the American ham radio industry

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W4ZD, Jul 24, 2019.

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  1. N2EY

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    It does and it always has.

    That doesn't mean every ham MUST know it.
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  2. W4EAE

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    Knowing code makes you a better operator than you were before you learned code. It's a 'the more you know' thing. Morse knowledge isn't some magical filter separating the sheep from the goats.
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  3. VK4HAT

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    What i meant was the sense of community. My elmer is google, i bet yours had a name. There are 50 odd hams within 15mins drive of where i live. Only one is active on air and im not aware of any who home brew.

    A forced environment where others are doing what i am currently doing, sounds appealing.
  4. W4ZD

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    We seem to be be moving to "high tech" aerial weaponry, where sensory cognizance is more important than aerial performance. Perhaps even the pilot will become peripheral, who knows? I wonder how that will all work out.

    It's been almost 50 years now, but there was once a group in the Pentagon called the "Fighter Mafia." It was headed by a rogue genius named John Boyd ( One of the results of his influence was the F-15 Eagle, not quite to his liking but close enough. It was flown by American and allied air forces (Israeli, Saudi, Japanese, et al) and established an enviable one-on-one combat record: over 100 kills to zero losses. Not many planes can make such a claim.

    I think that now air combat has become a vague fog. Where once planes designed for a specific role were accepted (e.g., F-15, A-10) they have been now discarded in favor of overly instrumented networked nerdish weenie thingies. I suppose if the pilots are all nerd REMFs sitting in front of 24 inch displays it won't matter so much. Life has become a video game, eh? :rolleyes:
  5. W4ZD

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    I would agree on all points, except I love the rag chew. :D
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  6. VK4HAT

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    We forgive you lol
  7. KB9OAK

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    So knowing how to write in pictographs makes one a better novelist?
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  8. VK6ZGO

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    I did most of my "homebrewing" years before I became an Amateur, such things as regenerative radios & an "AM MF superhet "mantel radio" for Mum.

    I bought a lot of bits secondhand for the "R,TV& H" mag's "5 inch TV", quite some years after it was a viable proposition, finally getting it "sort of working" about 10 years after buying the first bits, but then gave up & pulled it apart for the reuseable bits.

    I was always a bit of a "rev head" so spent more time on cars---radio & electronics were what I did for a job!
    Being on shift at a TV transmitter site did give me a chance to fiddle around with a lot of odd bits, though, but mainly for curiosity rather than practical projects.

    After I got "conned" into becoming a "ham" there were obviously things that had to be built, like antennas, & a power supply for my first 2m rig.
    It was an AWA MR6 modified from the commercial bands, was all valve, & drew 8 amps from the car battery on standby.
    It made more sense to supply the HT & filaments separately, rather than build a ginormous 13.8v supply, so the power transformer from the hapless "5 inch TV" was reborn!

    I did build a 1 transistor transmitter for 40m out of "73" magazine.
    I didn't have a full licence, but the other bloke on shift with me did, so one very quiet night, we fired it up on a wire aerial hanging off the tower, & he sent CQ--no answer, though!
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  9. WD4IGX

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    What on earth does that have to do with code and radio?

    That analogy completely lost me.
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  10. VK4HAT

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    Well you gave it a go that is what matters. The best I have managed so far is brisbane to sydney with 10mW from a pixie transceiver and brisbane to melbourne with 2w from another ebay transceiver kit. They are more or less novelties and gimmicks, but there can be a lot of fun to be had with these toys. Most of the scratch built stuff has only been used into a dummy load.

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