[AMRadio] trouble Brewing in AM Window

Rob Atkinson ranchorobbo at gmail.com
Thu Dec 12 17:16:00 EST 2013

I remember when the FCC was FEARED.   I once got a warning; not a ONV
but a FCC WARNING and that was enough to freak me out.  My T60 was
operating on 80 and 40 at the same time, HI.

Thanks to the VEC system, most hams have never even SEEN a FCC
employee--as far as they are concerned FCC may as well not exist!

As I have stated many times, this is another good reason for having
FCC give the tests--so new hams know they really exist and are
something more than a fiction, BEFORE they get into trouble.  They do
not realize a license is a GRANT; not a right.  It used to say on the
back of each one, "Conditions of Grant."



On Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 2:17 PM, Rick Poole WA1RKT <wa1rkt at comcast.net> wrote:
> It's certainly true that the elimination of the code requirement did not, in and of itself, result in a large upsurge in poor operation; that was the result of the general dumbing-down of the amateur radio knowledge requirements along with the reduction in code speed to 5 WPM for all classes.  Eliminating the code altogether was just the icing on the cake.  But before the dumbing-down of amateur licensing requirements ... speaking of amateur operating practices in general and not solely AM vs SSB ... it was relatively rare to hear the kind of nonsense I can hear every day on 14.313 and 3.938 and 3.910 and places like that.  And I never heard people saying "negatory" or "seventy-thirds" or telling me that my signal is "nine over" (????) or that their "personal" is Joe or any of the rest of the 11-meter babble that's commonplace on the amateur bands today.  I have many acquaintances, some of whom are Extras, who have no idea how to tune an antenna or how NVIS works or what a Wo
>  uff Hong or a Rettysnitch or an Elmer are or the reason why you can talk 1000 miles away on 20 meters but you can't talk 100 miles away, who spell "ham" in all caps like "HAM" as though it was some kind of an acronym, and who insist on using their CB "handles" on 2MFM in place of their real names.

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