|[AMRadio] Broadcast stuff|
k4kyv at charter.net
Sat Mar 20 12:43:17 EDT 2010
> When you think of it, what is up with ham radio, two guys trying to work
> each other with qsb, qrm, using expensive equipment, big antenna's,
> towers,etc, when you could do voice and video over the internet on a cheap
> laptop or an I phone...on the beach, in the den, on a train, anyplace...
That's what makes it interesting. Ham radio communication, particularly on
HF, is uncertain, and largely governed by Mother Nature (T-storm QRN,
ionospheric propagation, etc).
People enjoy communicating via ham radio and sometimes spend tons of money
on their hobby for the same reason that others enjoy hunting, fishing and
gardening, despite the fact that commercially prepared meat, vegetables and
seafood are more easily and usually more cheaply available at the local
supermarket. There is a certain aspect of sport and anticipation of the
unknown whenever you fire up the rig just as there is before a hunting or
fishing trip or anticipation of the harvest when you plant the veggie
garden in the spring. That is the "magic" that creates the excitement. Plus
most hams find magic in our toys, just as hunters find magic in their
favourite guns and fishermen find magic in their boats, along with the
one-upmanship we sometimes enjoy as we spar with our fellow hobbyists.
It would be extremely boring if every QSO were 100% reliable, noise free,
and all signals had a prescribed set signal strength. That's why Skype and
some of the so-called virtual ham radio web sites have so far met with so
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