|[AMRadio] Hamfest creeps|
wrl at gwltd.com
Sat Jan 19 19:43:44 EST 2008
Well said, and I could not agree more.
John King wrote:
> Karl, K1MH hit the nail on the head and was very
> accurate in describing the scene at hamfests and other
> "Ham" gatherings. If you can't see that as an
> accurate description of the late 1990s and early 2000s
> ham, YOU MUST BE BLIND OR ONE OF THE SLOBS he
> I have been a ham for fifty years and the "creep"
> problem appeared in the last 30 or so years.
> When I became a ham, the typical ham was the local TV
> repairman, postal worker, teacher, bank teller,
> hardware store owner, college student or high school
> student, former military CW operator, former News
> Press CW operator, radio/tv station engineer.
> All of of the hams, I knew in the fifties, had at
> least one pair of CLEAN Kahki pants, a pair of CLEAN
> Kahki shirts (very neatly washed and ironed, a "man's
> haircut), a NEAT beard or mustache, if any at all, NO
> BLACK DIRT OR SH_T under their finger nails.
> My elmers were K5HFI,SK, hardware store owner,
> graduate engineer and former employee of Bell Labs,
> K5LND, SK,teacher of watch making at local vocational
> school, and WWII POW who escaped the Batan Death March
> twice. My novice exam was given by Jimmy Moss, former
> UPI PRESS CW operator(60+ wpm) and my conditional by
> W5JGI who became a Professor of Microbiology and is
> still an active Ham.
> I guess that my associates were "a cut above" and
> didn't look like they crawled from under a log. I held
> my standards up as most Hams did back in 1958.
> I do not apologize for washing my clothes, shaving,
> taking a bath, and washing my hands and keeping the
> crap from under my finger nails. I am almost 70 years
> old, and bald headed, but I still have pride in my
> Ham radio's ranks reflect a cross section of America
> that has no pride in their appearance, speech or
> education. I know some of you are are saying "I HEARD
> THAT", "KNOW WHUDA MEAN", "YOU HEAH ME", and espousing
> your vast two meter knowledge of "WHITE NOISE" and
> talking in cute little sound bites on 75 mtrs.
> Booger pickers and butt scratchers, please do not
> reply until I get my surgeons mask on.
> By the way, I have not changed your image or opinions
> and you will not changte mine, so don't bother to try.
> 73, John, K5PGW 20 wpm "Extra Class"
> ohnston at aol.com wrote:
>> So now we have a physically-fit elite in ham radio
>> that are the *real*
>> hams, and the overweight ones are CBers or losers?
>> That kind of
>> stereotyping makes me sick. You should be ashamed.
>> Good people and real hams come in all shapes and
>> sizes, as do the bad
>> And by the way, today most retail shoplifters are
>> quite slim - meth
>> abuse does that to a person.
>> Steve WD8DAS
>> sbjohnston at aol.com
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