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Author Topic: What should we call ourselves?  (Read 2332 times)
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« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2010, 01:15:19 PM »

Well, I sit in the basement with old radios and tap out morse code to guys on the other side of the world and hear them answer back. And it's actual conversations.

This was cool when I was a kid 30-some years ago and it's cool today.

At least to me.

My wife and kids? I don't think they get it. Some of my co-workers and neighbors, especially the nerdy engineering types, kinda see at least some of the attraction. But I don't think they get it the same way, that me and the guy on the other end of the QSO do.

Part of the attraction of ham radio, and having a ticket, and actually making QSO's, especially CW QSO's, is that it is a self-selected club. Nobody's doing it to make money, nobody is doing it because it's their job. We do it because we "get it" and it's fun to us. But I don't expect everyone to "get it", or else everyone would be on the bands tapping away in CW or Morse or whatever you want to call it.

I usually tell a non-ham, that it's "Morse code" because if they're my age they probably got to learn Morse code in school (heck they also taught me slide rules!) or boy scouts or at least they saw it on a movie.
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