|[AMRadio] Getting on the Air - May 2008 QST|
cw_de_n5op at sbcglobal.net
Thu Apr 24 20:16:14 EDT 2008
Is this in the May issue? If so, I haven't received mine, yet.
Once I read the article, I may write a letter of disagreement with
such a premise, but I have to see the article, first.
Kim Elmore, N5OP
At 11:32 PM 4/20/2008, you wrote:
>The "Getting On The Air" column by W1ZR. Vacuum tube based equipment
>is far too dangerous to consider for a first rig, and building your
>own equipment apparently isn't even a consideration any longer. If it
>uses tubes, GASP! High Voltage! We can't have any of that! Also,
>avoid gear older than 8 years, because you might not be able to get it
>repaired. I hang my head in shame over what has happened to this once
>great hobby where people were somewhat technically competent. Those
>that lacked technical skills at least learned a bit of theory to at
>least have a basic understanding of the operation of their equipment.
>At 44 years old, I'm a relative youngster in ham radio. I build and
>restore vacuum tube equipment. I also play the guitar. The electric
>guitar fraternity seems to embrace homebrewing far more than the
>amateur community does today. Most good guitar amp designs are still
>vacuum tube based, including modern designs. People regularly modify
>their amps or build clone designs. Yes, high voltage. You learn the
>proper precautions. Seems rather funny that a musician might be more
>apt to work with electronics than a ham radio operator.
>Modern electronics is too complicated, tubes are too dangerous - it's
>no wonder that electronics isn't even taught any longer throughout
>most of the school system.
>I'm really beginning to question why I continue to support the ARRL.
>At first when I saw the cover of this issue, I had thought there would
>be all these neat projects from the Homebrewer's Challenge. Needless
>to say, I was disappointed. I used to treasure QST. While I still
>save all my issues, I'm beginning to wonder why. It certainly isn't
>the technical journal it once was.
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