Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KM6CND, Aug 11, 2019.
I can scarcely imagine.
It is amusing to read some of the post from the self appointed high and mighty here on the ZED. Arguing about the using “handle” to mean either your name or nickname or which group hams or CBers used it first. Spoiler alert cowboys used it way before there was amateur radio.
Is it spelled ham, Ham, hAm, HAM, or haM. Really no one even knows how the term came to mean amateur radio operator. Why care how it’s spelled?
Arguing over which is worse a drunk CBer or a drunk amateur talking crap on the air. Mocking the use of CB terms like 10-4 and good buddy but thinking that repeatedly saying roger that and QSL, and using obscure terms like first personal, destinated, we when you mean I, and operating conditions, etc. are perfectly acceptable.
Am I the only one who sees all the irony in this?
Differences between a ham and a CB user: the ham has a license, the CB user has something to talk about besides what radio he's using (signal sounds real good, OM!) I've yet to go digging and see what similarities exist--do CBers write badly spelled screeds about how the yoof are ruining the hobby, or try to sell 15 year old equipment for 98% what it cost new?
Nope, you're not. But you put it the most eloquently, so people will listen to you.
I keep this handy so it can be posted when the topic gets hot and heavy.
MY TAKE ON THE 11 METER (CB) / HAM RADIO ISSUE
From a post on QRZ.com forum.
The 11 meter issue is a separate one doubtful any opinions will change regardless here goes......Just finished reading new replies to this thread when listening to a conversation on 2 meters with one station telling the other station he was "giving him 2 pounds" now there's a ham phrase if ever there was one! Seems to me no one would know you were a previous 11 meter operator unless you made it known or unless you conducted your operating in a manner that would remove any doubt.
It is difficult for some to understand that references to 11 meters by way of phrases operating practices etc are offensive to those who take pride in a disciplined hobby where it's participants mostly comply with the rules and regulations. Yes, I know ham radio has its share of bad operators that does not mean we need more of them.
If you are a former operator of the 11 meter band and complied with all of the rules and regulations on that band there is every reason to expect you will do the same on the ham bands and you should be welcomed. For example, did you limit your communications to 151 miles (recently changed) ? Limit transmissions to 5 minutes with a 1 minute break? Only operated on assigned channels? Operated at the legal power limit? The old and recently changed rules and regs are widely available if you want to take the time to do the research.
Hey, I resemble that, uh, I mean resent that remark...
much ado about nothing.
There is no irony...
You are a free citizen of the U.S. If you want to use CB lingo on the Ham Bands you have that right and privilege to do that. I and I would tell you go right ahead if that is what you WANT.
But, if you do, don't expect many people to reply to your calls. I know I won't. There are thousands of 'good buddies' on the 11 meter band to talk to. If I wanted to talk to one I would go to 11 meters and do just that. However, I want to talk with other Hams - not CBers - on the Ham Bands.
There is a lingo associated with almost every human activity. Lawyers, Doctors, Engineers, Laborers, Carpenters, Plumbers, Sailors, Pilots, etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., they all have their own lingo and they are ALL DIFFERENT. Why is it so difficult for some to understand that CB lingo IS different than Ham lingo? Yes, they may have had the same beginnings way back when. But, that was probably 50 or more years ago now; the lingo has evolved and is now quite different.
That wasn't always true. I think the license requirement was done away with in the early 80's. I'd be willing to bet that there are some old licensed CB'ers here on the Zed...if they'll admit it.
i'll take an old cB'er trying to properly work a DX station ANY DAY over the "ham" operators sitting on the DX transmit freq. for hours just waiting to pounce on anyone who mistakenly doesnt use split.