[AMRadio] Getting on the Air - May 2008 QST

Bob Macklin macklinbob at msn.com
Tue Apr 22 12:50:19 EDT 2008

I suspect that most of today's entry level hams can't afford much more than
a 2M FM transceiver. I know when I was younger (even in my 40's) I could not
afford the HF transceivers (iCom, Kenwood, Yaesu) that are available today.
I did build some Heath CW/AM rigs but I could not even afford the Heath SSB
rigs before 1980.

So I did a lot of surplus conversion and homebrewing.

I don't see that in today's people. What I do see at the meetings I have
attended is everyone seems to has a VHF FM HT!

Bob Macklin
Seattle, Wa,
"Real Radios Glow in the Dark"
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Todd, KA1KAQ" <ka1kaq at gmail.com>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
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Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 7:20 AM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Getting on the Air - May 2008 QST

> On Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 8:35 PM, Jim Tonne <tonne at comcast.net> wrote:
> >  I point out that low volts and LOTS of AMPS can be bad news
> >  just as can high voltage.  Put your metal wrist watch band across the
> > output of a 48 volt power supply and kiss your hand goodbye.  (Unless
> > supply is severely current-limited)
> The part that amazes me is, according to the author's logic or
> assertion by association, more - many more of us should be dead by the
> sounds of it.
> When we didn't have all of the new plastic plug-n-play, then
> throw-away gear years ago, we bought older gear routinely. We fixed it
> ourselves, or learned on it while trying.
> More of us were young then, probably younger than today's average new
> ham. There was nothing wrong with it then, in fact we were encouraged
> to do so.
> Now, I realize in today's 'death of common sense', politically-correct
> world of the warm-fuzzies that much less is expected of people
> intellectually. But does the author of the original remark really
> believe everyone is that stupid, or is he basing it on his own [lack
> of] personal knowledge?
> Seems like his preference is to scare folks away from it rather than
> teaching them to respect its potential. The result further down the
> road when more newbs become interested in old tube gear? A serious
> lack of knowledge and respect for potentially lethal voltages, having
> been coaxed into a false sense of security by the plug-n-play
> mentality.
> IMO - Better to do it 'right', from the start. The transition to ss
> from tube technology would be much easier, and safer.
> ~ Todd,  KA1KAQ
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