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

Peter Markavage manualman at juno.com
Fri Mar 7 15:34:16 EST 2008

I believe Don's "real" issue might be the capitalization of "HAM" and/or
the "looseness" of how it's used in printed or spoken dialogue. And to
answer you last question, "AM radio", is "amateur radio", is "HAM radio",
is "hobby radio".

Pete, wa2cwa

On Fri, 7 Mar 2008 11:37:50 -0800 (PST) "JACK C. SHUTT"
<w9gt at verizon.net> writes:
> I can sure think of more important things to be concerned about!!!!  
> Why is it that so many people seem to want to tear down history and 
> traditions?  The term "ham" may not have been originally established 
> in a complimentary way or to positively identify us, but it grew 
> into a foundly used term that everyone recognized.  If you don't 
> care for the nickname or slang of "HAM" for amateur radio, then just 
> don't use it.  I for one, am proud of the tradition.  I have been 
> licensed for nearly 49 years and I always thought of the term as 
> prestigious, not something to be looked down upon or made fun of by 
> thse who apparently don't know what it is all about anyway.  Some 
> will refer to us as CBers and don't know the difference, or even 
> care for that matter.  If the general public views the term as 
> something negative or nerdly or whatever, then maybe we have a PR 
> problem, but we probably have much greater concerns to direct our 
> attention toward.  I, for one, would sure like to see more
>  positive promotion of our hobby and of our history instead of all 
> this negative tearing down of what many of us hold dear.  What does 
> this have to do with AM radio anyway?
>   73,  Jack, W9GT

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