[AMRadio] Hamfest creeps

Joe Crawford crawfish at surfmore.net
Fri Jan 18 17:37:58 EST 2008

Some of these guys I see at hamfests could inspire several Bud Light "Great 
Men of Genius" radio ads. NOT!! I turn 55 this year, and I am trying to lose 
weight and stay active so I don't have to ride around in a cart. I know 
there are some people who are truly handicapped because of injuries or 
whatever, but too many of us hams eat that civic center food and spend too 
much time sitting down. I want to still be around for several more years 
messing with this radio stuff. I concur with a lot of your comments, Rick. 
It is too easy now to get a license.
                                                        Joe W4AAB
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rick" <rickb at tx.rr.com>
To: "'Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service'" 
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Friday, January 18, 2008 3:12 PM
Subject: RE: [AMRadio] Hamfest creeps

That's sad.  Are these guys really hams or want to be hams and CBers?  I can
remember not so long ago when a ham radio operator was a very well respected
member of society who had the ability to perform magic with radios and
considered to be very bright.  Do you suppose the CB revolution and all of
the riff-raff (not to say there weren't and are a lot of good CB operators)
it exposed society to has forever tainted the image of a good, CLEAN and
HONEST ham radio operator?  What a shame if it has.


For several years I carried a VHS camera to Dayton and other hamfests and
made it a point to tape those types of losers. Then replayed at various club

meetings, etc.

A friend once stated that if a bomb landed on the Dayton Convention Center
the nations gene pool would be dramatically improved!

One time at Dayton I had several tables set up and another ham helping. One
fat creep came by in a motorized wheel chair and he was noticed helping
himself to my items. We both went and confronted him and he started making a

scene. It ended when we flipped him out of his chair and all sorts of
goodies rolled out. Security called a cop over and they hauled him off.


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