[AMRadio] Old Novice Days

Geoff w5omr at w5omr.shacknet.nu
Wed Feb 23 20:15:26 EST 2005

Donald Chester wrote:

>> I've visited a few SSB'er hamshacks lately and some (not all) are 
>> running amps that are (according to the supposed 'peak-reading' 
>> wattmeters) running 2kW PLUS in output power.
> When the FCC changed the power limit,  they eliminated the requirement 
> that used to be in the amateur rules to have on hand accurate 
> instruments for measuring power, saying modern-day amateurs could use 
> means other than "accurate measurement" to determine whether or not 
> they were in compliance.
> Has anyone ever figured out what they were talking about, other than 
> that this was "spin" to fend off arguments that p.e.p. output power is 
> too difficult for the average amateur to be capable of measuring with 
> any kind of certainty?

I personally feel, Don, that it was an attempt by the "Awful Racket 
Raising League" to get hams to use "other devices" that are what a car 
dealer would call a "purchasable option", when buying that new peice of 
japanese-air, transistorized radio.  That option would be an SWR meter, 
with built in wattmeter that, oh by the way, happened to have a 
capacitor across the meter circuit to delay the fall time of the meter.

Just as the Novice Enhancement act put more hams on the air, it also 
sold more YeaComWoods to the entry level ham radio operators.  After the 
"Big Three" got greedy and saw that the novice market got flooded pretty 
quickly, they lobbied, and legislated CW requirements to be "almost" 
non-existant, so they could

(*..... drum roll please......*) 

                                                     S E L L  
                                                    M O R E 
                                                  R A D I O S   ! ! !

Get this, y'all...  I simply couldn't believe it. 

I got into a discussion a while back on SSB (yes, it happens) talking 
about antennas, amplifiers and building in general.
Sure enough, at "ID" time, everyone chimed in, and one individual gave 
his call, is a rather disgusted, put-out, irritated voice.
I spoke up (I'm not shy!) and said "What's the matter, this stuff boring 
you?"  HE said "Hell yeah!  I don't come turn my radio on to just sit 
and listen to all this electronic building crap!  I wanna talk about 
what's important to ME!"

3.922 - "N5KDZ" (aka "Cedar Creek Bill")

THERE's a 'ham' for ya...

See what dropping requirements has done for us?

73 = Best Regards,

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