[AMRadio] WABOOF - Good News on HAM RADIO


Barrie Smith barrie at centric.net
Fri Jan 9 23:01:29 EST 2009


The dumbing of America is just about complete.

I've been in the photo processing business since 1962 and I know a bit about 
it.

Film is still better than digital, but most people don't know "better" from 
a hole in the ground.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brett Gazdzinski" <Brett.Gazdzinski at verizon.net>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service" 
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Friday, January 09, 2009 8:55 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] WABOOF - Good News on HAM RADIO


> Film camera's!
> I have a REAL nice high end (Japanese) camera my dad had, he spent a lot 
> of
> money on it and had many lenses, special flash, etc.
> Since my wife had almost the same model, I looked on ebay to see what it 
> was
> worth.
> Zero! Lots on ebay for $30.00 and they were not selling.
> I gave it to my son to play with.
>
> Brett
> N2DTS
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Jim Wilhite" <w5jo at brightok.net>
> To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
> <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
> Sent: Friday, January 09, 2009 10:22 PM
> Subject: Re: [AMRadio] WABOOF - Good News on HAM RADIO
>
>
>> Funny today I received a message from a friend that listed 24 thing
>> about to become extinct in America.  I don't know who published the
>> list but it wasn't anyone involved in ham radio.  Ham Radio was
>> about # 16 on the list.  It was there along with Yellow Pages, film
>> cameras, classified ads, movie rental places and the #1 selection
>> was family farms.
>>
>> 16. Ham Radio
>> Amateur radio operators enjoy personal (and often worldwide)
>> wireless communications with each other and are able to support
>> their communities with emergency and disaster communications if
>> necessary, while increasing their personal knowledge of
>> electronics and radio theory. However, proliferation of the
>> Internet and its popularity among youth has caused the decline of
>> amateur radio. In the past five years alone, the number of people
>> holding active ham radio licenses has dropped by 50,000, even
>> though Morse Code is no longer a requirement.
>>
>>
>> Jim/W5JO
>>
>>
>> ----- Original Message ----- >
>>> Realistically, I don't think ham radio has much future, not when
>>> you can
>>> call someone on a cell phone, text them, surf the web, do VoIP,
>>> etc, its
>>> kind of silly to have a basement full of equipment so you can talk
>>> with the
>>> other 20 old guys about their basement full of equipment. I don't
>>> see much
>>> to attract young people to the hobby.
>>> Brett
>>> N2DTS
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>>> From: "D. Chester" <k4kyv at charter.net>
>>> To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
>>> Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2009 3:34 PM
>>> Subject: Re: [AMRadio] WABOOF - Good News on HAM RADIO
>>>
>>>
>>>>
>>>>> WABOOF WHAT A BUNCH OF OLD FARTS!! ( I can say that because I am
>>>>> old
>>>>> too! )
>>>>>
>>>>> Here a guy is trying to convey a little good news and all you
>>>>> guys can do
>>>>> is make disparaging remarks!! ...
>>>>> A new ham is a new ham, it doesn't matter what the initial
>>>>> motivation
>>>>> was,
>>>>> if they have a license it's our job as Elmer's to mold them into
>>>>> amateur
>>>>> radio operators! Don't sit around and whine!!! Get up and do
>>>>> something to
>>>>> help them appreciate and enjoy the hobby.
>>>>>
>>>>> K3PID Ron H
>>>>
>>>> To me, what really counts is hams who gain HF privileges, and who
>>>> might
>>>> potentially become AM'ers.  I doubt that would be of interest to
>>>> many of
>>>> the
>>>> shack-on-a-belt wannabe cops the the least bit.  But maybe a few
>>>> will
>>>> become
>>>> curious enough to listen to what's on HF.  There certainly isn't
>>>> anything
>>>> much on shortwave to attract SWL's any more.
>>>>
>>>> Once upon a time most new hams who didn't happen to have a
>>>> personal
>>>> mentor,
>>>> first got exposed to radio by listening to foreign broadcasts on
>>>> AM radios
>>>> that also included a couple of shortwave bands, and ran across
>>>> hams
>>>> conversing on AM phone. When most hams converted to SSB, we lost
>>>> that
>>>> avenue, and CB became the new gateway.  Now  that interest in CB
>>>> has about
>>>> fizzled, what do we have left?
>>>>
>>>> Don k4kyv
>>>>
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