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Author Topic: You know when you are really getting old, On-Air, when....  (Read 5346 times)
N7DM
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« on: November 06, 2010, 12:45:05 PM »

(1) OPs answer your CQ.... then plead XYL QRM.  (2)  You answer CQ-ing OPs...then they want you to QRS, a lot slower than they are.  (3)  You are in QSO with a guy spelling out long words, using 'period', and you can't break him. When you ask if he is using a buffered keyboard, HE has 'XYL QRM'.  (4) Not SO much on CW, but the time honored 'RIG' has become a "radio". (5) Talk about connectors and the guy says he doesn't own 'a soldering iron'. (6) In desperation, you dig out the old Mike, go SSB. QSO's have NO technical content, bordering on SRP {Sex, Religion, Politics}... more guys interested in my garage AM-FM 'Radio', I guess. They keep asking about it...'My Radio'.

Wonder if Moon Bounce has also changed..................................at least the old Standard EME db path loss must be the same.

Have another  Eight-Oh-Seven

Delta Mike........
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N7DM
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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2010, 01:11:09 PM »

Feel free to contribute.....

How about 'remembering when Zed-Zed wasn't bald on top' ??

HI
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W7ETA
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2010, 09:56:52 AM »

When you are able to recognise not only a key click but also a chirp.  Plus, you know what to send to represent them.

When you've built something from the Hand Book based upon tubes.

73
Bob


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AD6KA
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2010, 08:28:59 PM »

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In desperation, you dig out the old Mike, go SSB. QSO's have NO technical content,
Sure they do.
"OK, this is with my speech processor ON..test, 1,2,3..."
then "OK, now THIS is with my speech processor OFF TEST. 1,2,3"
"Which sounded better"

THAT is SSB "Tech Talk" these days!
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K1CJS
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2010, 04:43:13 AM »

How about when you can recognize spark gap transmissions as such and not say that there is some weird kind of RFI coming in on the band!
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N9RLO
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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2010, 11:46:50 PM »

You forget what you were sending.   Huh    You can't remember if you already sent: RST QTH and your NAME.   Huh     You go to turn it back to the other station and you send the call letters of the station you just finished a qso with.  Shocked
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G4FUT
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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2010, 04:14:10 AM »

N9RLO  Smiley Smiley Smiley

You try to peak and dip your tube PA using the ALC meter.
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Even if the voices aren't real, they have some pretty good ideas
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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2010, 10:29:38 AM »

...you always hear someone tuning up, even when the rig is off.
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N2EY
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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2010, 04:28:04 AM »

- You know which are the WARC bands without even thinking about it

- You usually think in terms of a rigs' DC input rather than RF output, and can calculate either from the other

- You are surprised that anyone considers a TS-520S or newer rig to be "vintage" or "a boatanchor".

- You not only use tube rigs but tube rigs that don't use 6146s or sweep tubes in the final.

- You know what a phasing control is for and how to use it.

- You know what a Gotham vertical is by direct experience

- Terms and phrases such as "gooney box", "you're closing the eye here OM", "command set", "Donald Duck", "halo" and "gold dust twins" hold no mystery for you.

- You chuckle when people use the term "wireless" as if it were a new thing

- You can understand any text message without explanation

73 de Jim, N2EY
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KM9R
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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2010, 10:26:47 PM »

...you always hear someone tuning up, even when the rig is off.

now that is funny Smiley
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AA4PB
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« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2010, 05:21:54 AM »

You've been listening to the band noise on 6M so long that you swear you heard someone calling CQ  Grin
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WA6MJE
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« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2010, 04:16:34 AM »

You are starting to think it may be time to replace your beer can ground plane on 2 meters.

You are starting to think it may be time to throw away your box of old replacement tubes you have stored in the garage.

You always keep your eye on peoples trash can as you drive down the street just in case there might be a TV set thrown in there where you can get more tubes, and unsolder condensers (not capacitors) and resisters for later use.

Every time you drive down Olympic boulevard you look to see if Henry Radio has opened up again.

You still have stacks old ARRL paper logbooks filled in in pencil and are still using them.

Every time you go into a Radio Shack store, you remember what they looked like when they were really a Radio Shack store.

You still have some Heathkit kits on the floor of your shack that you have not finished building - and still want to finish building them some day. 

You did not think that the joke in the earlier post about closing the eye on the Gooney Bird was so funny, because you still have a Gooney Bird on your desk, but only one crystal for it and cannot buy crystals any more and wished that you could.

You still use your Gooney Bird to tune around 2 meters on receive anyway, but wonder why no one is on AM any more.

Rene - WA6MJE
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« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2010, 05:02:00 PM »

.....................I can't remember what I was going to say.

Phil C. Sr.
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KC2MJT
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« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2010, 02:02:51 PM »

Spark Gap? Recently?
Perhaps old tube rigs chirping.

KC2MJT
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N2EY
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« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2010, 02:07:40 PM »

Spark Gap? Recently?

It's just "spark".

Here's a video from 2004:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uua5cO3_26c

Kilowatt rotary in all its glory.

73 de Jim, N2EY
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