I don't know the answer, Jim. How many new hams really care about technical truths vs technical falsehoods, old wives' tales, and myths? Should we take a poll? I would ask the question a different way. How many new hams don't care to improve their technical knowledge and expertise beyond the level of a CB operator? "The Amateur's Code" in the front of The ARRL Handbook says: "The Radio Amateur is: PROGRESSIVE...with knowledge abreast of science, ..." Next time someone posts an assertion like: "A tuner at the transmitter has zero effect at the antenna.", are you going to agree with him? With all due respect, I was once a new ham in 1953 and that is definitely NOT "all I needed to know". For the record, I am philosophically opposed to the dumbing down of amateur radio.