[TowerTalk] Poor eHam reviews of the AV 480

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at w0mu.com
Thu Apr 10 01:03:22 EDT 2014


You make valid points that I agree with.

My comments should have been more clear.  Those that review items that 
they have never owned or used enough to make a reasonable opinion or low.

Carry on.

Mike W0MU

On 4/9/2014 10:59 PM, Jim Brown wrote:
> On 4/9/2014 9:37 PM, W0MU Mike Fatchett wrote:
>> Leaving a review on a product you don't own is pretty low. 
> I disagree, to the extent that if I've used the product enough to have 
> a well considered judgement, I feel well qualified to write a review. 
> Perhaps I hated the product enough to dump it. Or I sold it to buy a 
> better radio.
> Since getting back on the air in 2003, I have owned and used 
> extensively an Omni V, TS850, IC746, K2, FT1000MP, FT100D, and K3. All 
> are long gone but the K3. I've also owned several power amps, antenna 
> tuners, and other accessories. I don't recall how many of them I've 
> reviewed, but I wouldn't hesitate to do so now IF I remembered enough 
> about them to do so accurately.
> I look more at the content of a review, and try to deduce from it the 
> technical qualifications of the reviewer. From that, I make a 
> judgement call as to how much credence to place on the review. And if 
> I care, I look at a lot of reviews, applying the BS filter.
> Frankly, the reviews I discount the most are from someone who just 
> bought the product and hasn't had time to find the high and low spots, 
> or from an appliance operator who is unlikely to know good from bad. 
> In both cases, the review is likely to reflect the popular opinions of 
> those who talked the guy into buying it in the first place. :)
> 73, Jim K9YC
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