[AMRadio] Ham Radio Growing in the age of Twitter


Barry Sherwood ars.kf5gc at gmail.com
Mon Apr 12 08:35:11 EDT 2010


To quote the words from a great movie, "What we have here is a failure
to communicate." "Cool Hand Luke"

Barry
KF5GC

On Sun, 2010-04-11 at 21:44 -0400, Bry Carling wrote:
> A lot of guys can set up a station and operate the dials on the radio
> fairly well but they can't operate the controls above the neck too well.
> I often caan;lt undrestand someone's identification of their callsign, 
> and they do not know to use phonetics. May don't know the 
> standard phonetics so add to the problem.
> 
> Communicating is at least in part about exercising the skill of being 
> a verbal communicator. Some have bnevber had someone show them  
> the proper way to talk into a microphone and be heard, or how to 
> enunciate their words... some better elmering would have helped 
> some of them, but those who entered through the CB gate or were 
> 2nd generation or third generation taught by former CBers while
> they are great guys in most cases, have really missed out on a number 
> of important things like these. 
> 
> YMMV - 73s - Bry, AF4K
> Sanford, FL
> 
> On 11 Apr 2010 at 13:59, Bernie Doran wrote:
> 
> > 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 
> > >>> sounded
> > >>> 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 
> > > a
> > > 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 
> > > has
> > > 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
> > > operating
> > > 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 
> > > clue
> > > when they stand by.  Maybe they used roger beeps when they were on
> > CB.
> > >
> > > Don k4kyv
> > > .
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