[AMRadio] Why do some people capitalise "ham"?

Jim Wilhite w5jo at brightok.net
Fri Mar 7 14:46:48 EST 2008

You made me wonder, so I grabbed my Webster's University Dictionary and 
looked up the definition of

Sure enough the last definition was, are you ready,   "Informal".  A 
licensed  amateur radio operator.

So guys, we are in the dictionary.


> Lately, on e-Ham, QRZ.com and elsewhere I see a lot of people spell 
> "ham radio" as "HAM radio". Why is this? I never noticed it until the 
> last couple of years.
> I think it looks dorky as hell. Worse still, when it's just called 
> "HAM", as in
> "I've been into HAM for several years now."
> "I'm studying for the test so I can get my HAM."
> When I want my HAM, I go to SAFEWAY or KROGERS.
> Believe it or not, I have even seen it spelt "H.A.M."
> Just a  minor irritant, but I am beginning to see it all the time and 
> wonder if anyone else has noticed this and if you find it annoying as 
> I do.
> Don, k4kyv

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