|[AMRadio] Ham Radio Growing in the age of Twitter|
qedconsultants at embarqmail.com
Sun Apr 11 13:59:24 EDT 2010
Don: maybe you are just one of those old farts that listens to AM BC!!!
I bet you do not even stay on the
"approved " frequencies ( five kc intervals) yep, you about covered it
except for the ones that break in for a signal report and can not hear
anyone else!!! I always want to say well then what in hell did you break in
for. It is worse on the higher bands as they usually do not hear the other
stations. I do get a lot of first timers on AM at the 3.7 range, I always
take the time to try and help them and most seem to be interested. I think
there is more AM activity now than when I got back on about five years ago.
I always lose the fast ID returns, by the time all my relays drop and
transfer its just the suffix, if my ears pick that up. I remember when it
was normal after a CQ, to turn off the modulator B+, turn off the xmter B+,
flip the antenna ( Knife switch) turn the rx to operate, forgot the vfo, had
to turn it off also unless crystal control. then do the reverse. not
conducive to a short transmission!!! also forgot the novice days when one
would tune around over maybe ten Kc to see if anyone was calling!!
Bernie---- Original Message -----
From: "D. Chester" <k4kyv at charter.net>
To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Sunday, April 11, 2010 1:00 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Ham Radio Growing in the age of Twitter
>>> why I work AM. ten was open a bit yesterday and I worked a few
>>> stations.(SSB) the conversations were short ( not on my end) and
>>> like CB jargon.
> Not just on 10m. I notice the same thing on 75, 40 and 160. And not just
> SSB, I also hear it on AM.
> Little short 3-4 word transmissions. Sometimes it goes by so fast I can't
> even get the call sign. Something I really have a problem with is people
> just dropping the carrier in mid sentence without saying "over" or "go
> ahead". I'm not always sure they turned it over to me, if their rig just
> crapped out, or if propagation conditions have taken a sudden change.
> I few times I have had to ask the other station to please repeat your call
> couple of times; you are running it by too fast. Also, I usually make it a
> point by saying, "I wasn't sure you turned it back to me. You didn't say
> "over" or anything to give me a clue that your transmission had ended."
> This happens a lot when I call CQ and indicate that I am listening in AM
> mode. Often the station coming back tells me this is the first time he
> tried the rig on AM, and I assume he is not familiar with normal AM
> operating procedure.
> I usually try to have patience and explain the procedure to newcomers. I
> have quite often had stations to say they were impressed with the sound of
> AM and would try it out some more. A couple that I have known of have
> eventually taken the plunge, acquired a plate modulated tube type rig, and
> AM has become their primary mode of operation.
> But some operators who drop the carrier without warning have been
> AM for quite a while and still do that. I find it annoying, particularly
> with stations that are weak and in the noise level, and I don't have a
> when they stand by. Maybe they used roger beeps when they were on CB.
> Don k4kyv
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