An open letter to the amateur radio community

Found this via Twitter. A really good read!

Chris Seright KE5ZRT

Dear amateur radio community,

The following has been on my mind for quite some time, and recent events have pushed me over my tolerance limit and I must speak my mind.

Shortly after terra and I received our amateur radio licenses, while signing with my wife on the air I told her “88 babe”, and she replied, “back at ’cha”. Very shortly after that a ham addressed her in front of a group of other hams and said, “Don’t you ever use CB language on the air again.” She was embarrassed and heartbroken and didn’t get on the air for a couple of months. Someone once criticized me on the air for the way I pronounced “mobile”. I’ve heard people criticize others for the way they speak with the microphone too closely. I received an email complaining that net control for one of our nets yawns too much. We all have our quirks and idiosyncrasies.
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Kodos to this op!

News in Amateur Radio

The last little while has been pretty large for net-casting on the subject of Ham Radio. Bob Heil of Heil Sound has started a net-cast (podcast) on called Ham Nation. The show is aired on the TWiT network, which was founded by new ham Leo Laporte.

Ham radio really first surfaced on This Week in Radio Tech (TWiRT), a show hosted by four broadcast engineers on the matters related to broadcast radio and TV stations. TWiRT is Kirk Harnack‘s project, and Harnack started his show shortly after installing an Axia Audio console when the TWiT network started growing. Ham radio proved to be a popular matter when discussed on Kirks net-cast since a large number of Leo’s followers are also current or prospective hams. Bob Heil has been a ham for many years and his company has been providing the TWiT Network with PR40 (and other) microphones since the early days.

As mentioned, Leo is now a certified amateur radio operator and has the call sign KJ6QGP assigned to him. Following with the TWiT nomenclature, he has applied for W6TWT for use at the TWiT Brick House Studio.

Heil is a few shows into the net-cast now and so far hams young and old have been finding it worth listening.

Check it out at

Bob – VE7WNK

Why ham radio endures in a world of tweets…

Thanks to Perry VA7FC for posting this link on FaceBook

Why ham radio endures in a world of tweets…

Here is a quick snippet from the site:

Somehow it makes little sense that amateur “ham” radio continues to thrive in the age of Twitter, Facebook and iPhones. Yet the century-old communications technology — which demands such commitment that you must generally pass an exam to receive a licence — currently attracts around 350,000 practitioners in Europe, and a further 700,000 in the United States, some 60 per cent more than 30 years ago. What is it about a simple microphone, a transmitter-receiver and the seductive freedom of the open radio spectrum that’s turned a low-tech anachronism into an enduring and deeply engaging global hobby?

For a start, there is that thrill in establishing a magical person-to-person long-distance radio conversation that no commodified… click to read more

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