Monday, September 20, 2010
Controversy in ham radio
Everywhere in life you find duality, also in ham radio. When I first had contact with radio amateurs I found two categories: the technicians and the communicators. The first is busy with technique and the second with making contacts with other amateurs on air. (some do both) So we have home brewers and buyers of commercial products. Some of the home brewers look down on the ham’s who buy their equipment in the ham shop. The home brewers find their selves more superior. They think you should build your own equipment. I think that is nonsense. For me technique is to understand the principles why things are working as they do. But when someone like to build his own equipment instead of buying is fine to me. In the early days I build some radios, but soon I found out that Yaesu can do that much better for me. All I want was to be on air, make contacts with other amateurs. Then I found out the next duality: rag chewers versus DX-ers. Oh boy, and QRO versus QRP. CW versus phone, big antennas versus low profilers. Cheap versus expensive. Commercial antennas versus home-made antennas. Digi modes versus standard modes. Contesters versus non-contesters. HF versus VHF/UHF, straight keyers versus electronic keyers. Echolink versus D-star, believers and non-believers. Old versus young. Internet & computers versus the old fashions, conservative ham's and progressive ham's. I think I’ll go crazy. But finally I found out that we are all radio amateurs, sharing the same thing: ham radio, whatever that may be. We should respect each other specialities, not condemning others, not to judge our differences, but see where we can find each other in this unique multiform community. Where people with different languages, religion, politics, can be as one and share this wonderful hobby of ours. Isn’t that nice? Everyone have core qualities, and we can learn from each other. But above all respect is the main thing we should keep in mind.