[TenTec] RF Speech Processor "TX IMD"
Charles P. Steinmetz
charles_steinmetz at lavabit.com
Tue Jun 18 02:01:59 EDT 2013
>Under your theory, CS, then it means anyone who buys all brand new
>TenTec equipment directly from the factory, has no right to expect
>his radio and amp to be within specification and operating properly.
The equipment either operates properly, or it doesn't. If it
doesn't, it is the responsibility of the operator not to transmit
with it until it is fixed. "Rights" and expectations have nothing to
do with it.
>A better analogy would be to expect every owner of every car to
>understand how it works, and to be able to operate all the
>electronic and computerized diagnostic equipment necessary to tune
>and repair the most exotic and esoteric functions of the engine.
I disagree. I said it is only reasonable to expect hams to have
basic monitoring equipment and skills to verify that their
transmitters are operating properly, similar to drivers having and
knowing how to use a speedometer. Hams don't necessarily need to be
able to redesign their transmitters, or troubleshoot or fix them, as
your analogy suggests -- and I never said they did. They just need
to be able to recognize improper operation and stop transmitting
until the problem has been fixed. And yes, IMO anyone who won't take
at least this much responsibility for his or her signal should stick
to the CB bands and not be allowed on the ham bands.
>I should be considered a good ham if I take appropriate steps to
>make sure a properly qualified and trained technician to check and
>make sure it is up to snuff.
I agree, as long as it's done often enough to ensure that it does not
go out-of-snuff unnoticed between checks. If the operator can't tell
whether it's working correctly or not (and obviously many hams
can't), this may need to be reasonably frequently. (Note that the
people Rick was talking about do not do even this much -- they just
open the boxes and press the Tx button. THAT is not enough to be
considered a good ham, IMO.)
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