[AMRadio] Hamfest creeps


jkhildre at pobox.alaska.net jkhildre at pobox.alaska.net
Sat Jan 19 18:21:37 EST 2008


I also agree, My Elmer was an old signal corps Sargent who had the patience 
of Jove with a young whippersnapper.   I believe we are seening a portion of 
the downfall of Americian si\ociety,

Joe, KL7DWE
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From: "Dave Mayfield" <wrl at gwltd.com>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service" 
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Sent: Saturday, January 19, 2008 3:43 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Hamfest creeps


> Well said, and I could not agree more.
> Dave W9WRL
>
> 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
>> described.
>>
>> 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
>> appearance.
>>
>> 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 'uns.
>>>
>>> And by the way, today most retail shoplifters are
>>> quite slim - meth abuse does that to a person.
>>>
>>> Steve WD8DAS
>>>
>>> sbjohnston at aol.com
>>> http://www.wd8das.net/
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