Ok, you mentioned the good points about rag-chewers. Now, what are the
> Carl Hyde wrote:
> > Lets talk about contesters. Hmmmm they sit at a radio and call cq,
> > exchange call letters and a signal report and go on to the next cq.
> > Whats the point? That isn't communications its headhunting.
> > Personally I wouldn't give a hoot in hell what any contester thought
> > about anything! All they do is ruin the bands for a whole weekend
> > that I could be using to carry on intelligent conversations. When
> > they start giving cash prizes for contests then maybe it will mean
> > something. Hi Hi
> Hi, Carl,
> Thanks for your comments. Points taken. I know you're a good sport, so
> now, let's talk about ragchewers and other non-contesters. They sit at
> a radio and call their friends. God forbid that you answer them or
> break in on their conversations; they're not interested in talking to
> you, they're interested only in talking with their buddies across
> town. Heaven help you if you, after calling "Is this frequency in
> use?" start to make a call on *their* frequency, because after all
> they have been using the same frequency for 30 years every single
> night at this time, so Yes, I'm sorry, the frequency *is* in use,
> please go away and quit bothering me.
> They exchange small talk and the latest news on their dog's
> hydrophobia and how many guns they are currently bidding on at eBay
> and the latest FTS-1,000,000 transceiver. What's the point? That's not
> communications, it's RF pollution. All they do is ruin the bands for
> weeks and weeks on end, bands that could otherwise be used for
> intelligent conversations, tuning operator skills (instead of tuning
> linear amplifiers), and inviting fresh innovation into the hobby. When
> they start giving prizes for trying to educate these poor souls, then
> it will mean something.
> An important reminder for all of us: nowhere is it written that every
> amateur, at all times and on all frequencies, will be guaranteed a
> QRM-free experience. Every individual operator is solely responsible
> for creating the best receiving conditions necessary for the
> communications desired by him or her. That's what IF filters, notch
> filters, RF gain controls, AGC controls, passband tuning, IF shift,
> DSP noise reduction, directional antennas, receive-optimized antennas,
> timing, operating efficiency, different modes, computers, and ham
> creativity are for.
> Thank goodness for the occasional contest to liven things up a little
> bit and give each of us a chance to solve interesting communications
> problems, don't you think?
> Al W6LX
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