[AMRadio] SS nice guy report

Brett gazdzinski brett.gazdzinski at verizonbusiness.com
Wed Nov 22 08:37:53 EST 2006

I always thought Tim was an original, and harmless, 
when in a one on one QSO, he makes for a pleasant QSO.

He does have a lot of imitators though, who just 
sound like morons to me.

There are a LOT of ego's on 80 meters, people who love to 
show off their knowledge and/or money.
Its quite cliquish. I don't think many of the guys
who operate regularly on 80 realize how they come across
to a casual listener....I know it turns me off.

40 meters seems lots better, just a large amount of
hams of all sorts running all sorts of AM gear.
You get to work new guys with modified dx60's or
homebrew rigs, or almost anything you can think of,
new guys, old timers, low and high power, and almost
never hear any sort of attitude.

Maybe that is why I never fixed the 80 meter dipole...


> -----Original Message-----
> From: amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net 
> [mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of W1EOF
> Sent: Tuesday, November 21, 2006 11:10 PM
> To: Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service
> Subject: RE: [AMRadio] SS nice guy report
> <SNIP>
> > There's a lot of poor operating going on out there such as 
> 'belching',
> > operators getting "half-in-the-bag" where upon every other 
> is F-this and
> > F-that, strapping wars, etc.
> <SNIP>
> > Mod-U-Lator,
> > Mike(y)
> > W3SLK
> OK... If we're airing dirty laundry, there is a "third rail" 
> which on one
> seems to address: TIMTRON
> Tim, WA1HLR along with Chuck WA1EKV, etc were the first ones I know of
> acting like that on the AM in 1971. Tim still belches and use 
> bad language.
> I like Tim for many of the things he has brought to ham 
> radio, but I've
> always been amazed at how many AM'ers seem to overlook... no, 
> accept his
> behavior. Worse yet are the weird kind of guys, the 
> "wannabees" who are
> imitating his speech on the air. There are certain AM hams 
> who are treated
> like gods yet there behavior is anything buy heavenly.
> My Dad accomplished something amazing: He convinced a typical 
> snot-nosed
> fifteen year-old who thought he knew everything, thought his 
> old man was
> "square", that ham radio and the airwaves were SPECIAL. That 
> when you were
> on the air, or even at a hamfest, you were representing every 
> ham. You had
> an obligation to treat it with respect. He also used to say 
> all the time
> "You never know who is listening." So even when the 3885 
> would come on high
> or drunk, use foul talk, and then play Led Zeppelin for 30 
> mins... I *never*
> thought it was cool. Never thought it was behavior I wanted 
> to emulate. I
> did all kinds of things that I'm now ashamed of and regret. 
> But I always
> acted like a gentleman on the air.
> By the way when people would remark that incentive licensing 
> or ________ had
> caused 75 meters to go downhill he would laugh and say "There 
> always has
> been clowns in radio. I remember back in the 1920s there were 
> guys who acted
> like that. It's only a small percentage so you're best off 
> ignoring them and
> being one of the good guys". So this is not a new phenomenon.
> That's my $.02
> 73,
> Mark W1EOF
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