On Mon, 07 Jul 2008 11:05:36 -0500, Tim Randa wrote:
>you call us fools if we didn't own a particular book
My first ham radio mentors made sure that I owned and studied that
book when I was starting out in 1955. Many foolish statements have
been made on this and other lists because the poster obviously hasn't
put in that effort. The ARRL Handbook IS the "bible" of ham radio.
>Your posts sure don't fit well in this *friendly* and helpful group.
Really? Over the past years, I've made numerous posts that answered
questions in detail, and with the theory to back up my answer. Over
the past five years, I've done considerable research and published
more than a dozen FREE tutorials on my website. All are written so
that people without a serious technical education can learn from them.
This winter, I spent nearly a week on an Autocad drawing of the Titan
425, and posted it on my website. How was that not helpful? This
winter, I published work on coax chokes (current baluns) that
represents the first real advance on that topic since W1JR and W2DU
nearly 30 years ago. And it is FREE on my website. Last I looked,
there had been nearly a half million downloads of the tutorial on RFI.
I've made more than a dozen tutorial presentations to local ham clubs,
and spent my own money to get there. And I've mentored some new hams.
As hams, we have our frequencies ONLY because 1) we contribute to the
state of the art; and 2) we provide emergency communications. Without
those contributions, there is nothing to justify our use of the RF
spectrum. All of us should be asking ourselves what we can contribute.
One of my contributions is pushing others to learn. Yes, I'm a
curmudgeon. If that bothers you, I encourage you to use your delete
Jim Brown K9YC
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