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Old 01-04-2009, 02:28 PM   #41
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I noticed as a kid that all the hams talked about was their eqpt,
Radio had been invented when you were a kid? Nooooo..... I don't think so...... Didn't that come a few decades later?
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Old 01-04-2009, 02:39 PM   #42
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I noticed as a kid that all the hams talked about was their eqpt, too. Then they got into microprocessors in the '70s and starting sending each other digital pics... Guess what the pics were of.

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Their DWs?
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If their "DW" stands for Dear Wireless.

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Amateur radio: Playing with radio communications for the fun and pleasure of it.

There are on the HF frequencies many "ragchewers" who communicate daily about various topics, nut unlike here on this forum. Topics as here can range from hairballs, through investments, old age pins and remedies, to rocket science. No need for emoticons, tone of voice conveys tons of meaning.

Several people get together on the same frequency and do round table discussions. There are emergency nets, well coordinated and controlled by net control.

The users of amateur spectrum run the gamut form morse code with straight keys, iambic paddles at breakneck speed, radio locations digital modes by the bucket.

Some of the stuff can be lifesaving in an emergency, some are done just to pass the time. Yes, there are contests for maximum number of contacts in a day, or by continent, none of which ever interested me.
Sorta like....the forum?
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Some earlier posts about Ham radio below...

ls99, are you one of those who run 1KW mobile?

Ditto on the facts that the Ham may not be at fault at all. However, the ARRL (their organization) encourages hams to work with their neighbors to identify and help fix the equipments at the receiving end to prevent bad blood.


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Frank belongs to a forum in which real names and contact information is readily available. They are ham radio operators, and many have been in contact with one another for years. They go by their call signs, and using that their names, addresses, and so on can be looked up.

Participants on that forum are NASTY to each other!! I was shocked. They had to completely remove their political forum (like our Soapbox) a couple of weeks ago, because it was getting so bad, and I mean BAD. They are not nearly as nice and civil as we are.

Surprised me, too! I told him they needed better moderation. He told me that their mods literally get phone calls in the middle of the night by incensed forum participants.

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When I was a teenager, I was interested in Ham radio for the fun in electronics. Never an operator, but I read their periodicals to study the vacuum tube circuits. I chuckled at one incidence when two guys insulted each other over the airwave. One found out where the other guy was, seeked him out, and pumped several rounds of lead into the other guy's ...







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Yeah, Al, I hope he keeps us posted too...
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:35 AM   #49
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I noticed as a kid that all the hams talked about was their eqpt, too. Then they got into microprocessors in the '70s and starting sending each other digital pics... Guess what the pics were of.

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Now, TA, don't be cliquey. Not all of us can read this stuff.
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Status update:
Two members of the local ham club stopped by this afternoon. These people were intense! They verified that all my equipment was picking up their broadcasts from outdoors (although faintly). They gave us a bunch of advice on stuff to do, all involving going to the local Radio Shack and buying stuff to filter out the problem at low cost. They also said they were going to talk with the neighbor because there is something he can install to avoid making our stereo suddenly shriek loudly at us (even when turned off).
I was able to give them the ID of at least one person who was sending morse code on New Year's day (thank you, Youbet). I suspect it's the neighbor but I'm not sure - long story.
So in summary it's partly my responsibility to install filters, because the FCC pulled a Greenspan and deregulated audio equipment, and it's partly probably the neighbor screwing up. Thanks to Youbet and others I can do something now other than grow a tumor from stress.
Thank you, everyone. Like most groups of people, ham operators are 99.9% great people, with just a jerk or two thrown in to keep things interesting.
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