Topband: strange propagation
john at johnjeanantiqueradio.com
Fri Jan 15 18:33:41 EST 2016
Years ago it was "Lists" to work DX that were objected to. Remember Go
Ahead k9xxx make your call. k9xxx gives call and report. DX says was that
4/5 ? List Taker Nope DX was that 4/7 List taker Nope in between. OK GOT
And all the complaining continued about List Takers and People who worked
DX on a LIST.
Then it was Packet Clusters. Even worse no searching no looking for the DX
no tune the radio. Automated Programs Alert you to the fact that So and So
DX you need is on such and such frequency. You hit one mouse button and
throw in your call. Log It. Done. And all the complainers complaining. That
ISN"T FAIR. And today it is auto uploaded to LOTW.
Remember the days of Sending IRC's and QSL cards off and waiting and
hoping for maybe a year before you actually got the QSL card? Well most
didn't complain about that change.
Then it was ARRL CHANGED THE RULES so that people could MOVE to a
different part of the country and take their DXCC with them rather than
having to start all over. And again .. all the complaining and crabbing about
that bit. Let me aska question here. How many people from Chile, Argentina,
Brazil complained about this "Rule Change" I don't remember any who did.
Yet those countries are rather large in area and therefore the propagation is
considerably different from one extreme in those countries to another
Then all the complainers started in again when FCC said you can move
within the country and don't have to swap in your callsign for a new one in
another District of the country. Now you can APPLY for a callsign from a
different District in the country if you want to do so.
Then in 2007 it was NO CODE licenses and again complainers and whiners
aplenty. Well sorry but ITU and finally FCC and ARRL agreed and we have
NO CODE licenses.
Finally we come to Remote Stations and OH the complainers again
complaining that's terrible. Even worse we have RHR for those who live
where they can't have a decent station or whatever the reason is they
subscribe and operate through those RHR stations. Or one of the many
remote stations that aren't on the RHR list. Well sorry but FCC and ARRL
say that it is legal to operate such stations. A small group of complainers
aren't going to change this rule just like no one is going to change the above
changes in Ham Radio.
Notice that other than the Low Banders 80 and 160m types you don't hear
much complaining about RHR and Remotes. Not enough difference in
propagation to most parts of the world on the upper bands.
I suppose that to keep all the complainers from complaining we should go
back to Crystal Controlled Transmitters with a Hallicrafters S-38 receiver.
And oh by the way on 160M only use 25 watts due to Loran systems etc.
In case your wondering I too have a remote station. It is my own station in
Northern Indiana where I spend my summers. I winter in Florida and operate
my station remotely. Boy is that a steep learning curve for this old Analog
Coot trying to break into the digital world. But I really should build another
station in Florida because the propagation on 160M is better here than it is
from Indiana! And, if I do someone will complain about that as well.
So quit being a bunch of old crotchety men who resist change. Either you
like it and use it or you don't like it and don't use it. No amount of crabbing
about it is going to change it.
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