Topband: Stone age arguments
roger at g3ldi.co.uk
Sat May 20 16:09:59 EDT 2017
I have been following this argument with some amusement. Only
because it can relate to just about any situation that we can think of.
I got a teleprinter in 1959 and put it on the air. I was told in
no uncertain terms that the awful jingle-bell QRM was not amateur
radio and not wanted on the bands.
Fast forward to 2017. It's the most used data mode there is!
I built an SSB exciter in 1962 and was told that no way should
that duck-talk be on the amateur bands. It was not wanted and should
be banned. Look at the bands now. How many AM stations do you hear?
I built the TNC-1 first packet board in 1982. I was accused of
QRM on the bands ( VHF and HF ) that was not wanted and would not
last. OK, it did get knocked out by the Internet, but so has a lot
of other stuff and it did last for a number of years culminating in
me running the UK Satgate. Yes, I was very sad at its demise.
A local station has been active on EME for years with his
home-built 12 x 12 array of two metre yagis on a massive
construction in his back garden. Now you can do EME with JT65 and
one yagi. That battle is on-going and gets quite heated!
What will be next? Contests? A thorny subject right
73 de Roger, G3LDI
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