|[AMRadio] New Book: The World of Ham Radio, 1901-1950|
k4kyv at charter.net
Wed Aug 22 13:32:29 EDT 2007
"During the first fifty years of the twentieth century, ham radio went from
being an experiment to virtually an art form. Because of the few government
restrictions and the low monetary investment required, the concept of ham
radio appealed to various people. More than just a simple hobby, however,
ham radio required its operators to understand radio theory, be able to
trace a schematic and know how to build a transmitter and receiver with
whatever material they might have available."
A great pity that's no longer true to-day. Thanks to commercial interests
and the instant gratification "gimme" attitude of modern society, mainstream
ham radio has declined into a "consumer" activity, that appeals largely to
retirees with disposable income. Ham operators no longer have to really
understand any radio theory to pass the token examinations with published
question-answer pools. Many of to-day's newcomers with Extra Class tickets
can't even figure out how to construct a simple dipole, let alone trace a
schematic. (Just check out some of the questions asked in the Q-A forum on
QRZ.com or on e-ham.) Building something from scratch using available
material is out of the question for the vast majority of to-day's crowd.
One of the few exceptions to the above, but by far the most prominent, lies
within the AM community, where genuine amateur radio lives on as both a
technically oriented hobby and an art form.
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