What is your Plan B?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Life' started by JK1DMV, Jun 28, 2021.

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  1. JK1DMV

    JK1DMV Ham Member QRZ Page

    When I travel to have QSO at the different place, I usually have the plan B to enjoy.
    Lest I am so disappointed.

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  2. WF7A

    WF7A Subscriber QRZ Page

    Do you mean having a QSO on the air or a chat with a native? If the latter, I have enough trouble with English so I've learned not to attempt to strike up a conversation with a local.

    Case in point:

    When I flew to Hong Kong to meet my (future) wife, we arranged to meet at a popular restaurant downtown; when I arrived it was filled wall-to-wall with people* and was a din of chatter. From where the hostess stood I spied my "wife" across the room, waved, and yelled "Hi!"

    Dead silence in the room. Everybody stared at me with daggers in their eyes as if I had defecated in their Easter Basket. I cautiously walked over to my "wife" and asked, "What did I do?"
    "Well," she said. "Cantonese is a nine-tone language so the way you pronounced 'Hi!' is a very vulgar term for a vagina."

    From that moment on I've learned to shut up while in foreign lands.

    *Everywhere in Hong Kong has wall-to-wall people--it's that crowded.
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  3. JK1DMV

    JK1DMV Ham Member QRZ Page

    They say I say sounds like boobs.. I want sausage. Another argues because of the language barrier..
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  4. KC7JNJ

    KC7JNJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    The wife and I have not traveled outside the States since like 2009. All of our traveling overseas has been in France. We have always traveled very light so we would have more freedom. We carried this one, sort of off beat guide book. (it helped us to punt when things fell through) We learned the art of winging it. In many ways I can say the art of starting the rag chew with a new person on the radio has helped when starting conversations with people you have never met while away from home.

    But having back up activity is not a bad idea.
  5. KJ5T

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    The fact that most is the world speaks some amount of English helps a lot. In my trips to Bangalore, Tokyo, Munich and Amsterdam I had plenty of folks helping to guide me. My wife speaks a Tiny bit of French so we got by. She is great at picking up languages (she is bilingual Spanish and English).

    I feel bad at times that I don't make the effort to really get good with other languages. Of course I am also not a "Speak English or else guy".

    Sorry I didn't understand the point the OP was making, but I do agree that having options and backup plans when traveling is good. Unfortunately most is my international travel was work related so I mostly saw conference rooms and cube farms.
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  6. JK1DMV

    JK1DMV Ham Member QRZ Page

    With my weak radio and poor antenna, I sometimes can’t make QSO from hotel room or country side.
    I enjoy local beer, food and hot spring instead of HAM.
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  7. W2AAT

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    I have difficulty communicating with the natives when I visit New Jersey :p My wife is from Ohio and after 50+ years of marriage I still don't understand why wash is pronounced worsh!!!!
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  8. AD5HR

    AD5HR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Kinda' like Worshington D.C. ??
  9. KA0USE

    KA0USE Ham Member QRZ Page

    isn't it?
    my granny was from harlan county, kentucky and said worsh.
    a lot of other things, too. wrench the dishes.....what is side meat ? backstrap?
    i swear, she talked like granny clampett. i felt for mr. drysdale when she'd offer up 'exotic'
    cuts. he like to died (another of my granny's terms). she'd tell grandpa he could only have a
    'short snort' before supper. he had his own still. did his own quality control checks.
    great-uncle jim would send me off to 'town' (hamlet) to get a plug of 'day's work' chewing
    tobacco. it was like a micro-mayberry with many of the same characters with different names,
    and a whole lot like alvin york's village. same walter brennan-type a-running' the general store and church.

    food is different, too. northern chili parlors haven't a clue. i heard there are more of them in cincinnati than in all of the rest of the americas.

    and if there are no fritos, it isn't chili, no matter where you are.
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  10. N3AWS

    N3AWS Ham Member QRZ Page

    A thread about levonorgestrel?

    What will we think of next?
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