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Author Topic: contester vs ragchewer vs prepper  (Read 1717 times)
N1KCG
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« on: March 04, 2013, 01:41:23 AM »

thinking that radio is really three categories

contester - those experimenters and competative folks who want to say they found that elusive contact bounce off the moon or 1000 counties or 300 countries.  checklist bucket list types.

ragchewer - wants to talk

prepper - wants to be ready for the tornado blizzard forest fire hurricane or flood. or lost in the woods wilderness rescue. 

nothing wrong with this.

question to elmers -  is this mostly ham radio types? 
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W1JKA
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2013, 04:35:26 AM »

" Is this mostly ham radio types"?  Almost,you forgot the QRP crowd and eHam topic posters/responders.

   
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WA3SKN
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2013, 05:18:04 AM »

So far you have three of about 1000+ catagories.
73s.

-Mike.
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KE3WD
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2013, 05:19:18 AM »

Actually, you left out quite a lot.  Seems your choices may be HF SSB oriented only?  Rather myopic viewpoint IMO.  

EME

Digital Modes

Repeaters

CW

DXers

Experimenters

Homebrew Enthusiasts

AM and Boatanchor Enthusiasts

ESSB

Low Freq

Microwave

Remote Operations

Foxhunters

EmComm

etc.

AND -- There are many hams who may be doing more than just one of any and all of the above as well.  


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K0JEG
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2013, 05:50:47 AM »

Experimenter: Try anything once, but when the "mission is accomplished" move on to something else.

Builder: Likes technology, but the last thing he wants to do is actually get on air and engage in a QSO, except maybe for testing.
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K2DC
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2013, 07:12:42 AM »

Does anybody really believe we can help this guy?
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N3OX
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2013, 07:46:44 AM »

There's no good that comes of trying to divide a diverse group of people into neat categories. It's always an oversimplification.

I don't even know what I like to do in ham radio anymore. Some of the most enjoyable things I've done recently are coil measurements and improving an antenna I'll probably never use.
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Dan
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Monkey/silicon cyborg, beeping at rocks since 1995.
K4SAV
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2013, 07:21:21 AM »

There's no good that comes of trying to divide a diverse group of people into neat categories. It's always an oversimplification.

Nah, it's actually pretty simple.  There are only two types of people, those who divide people into two types and those who don't.
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GILGSN
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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2013, 07:42:09 PM »

One can be in more than one category as well.
I'm into QRP, ragchew, CW, kit building, tube radios, prepping...
BTW, for the later, see http://radiopreppers.com
We probably are all interested in more than one aspect of the hobby.
QRP has certainly become an important part of Ham radio.

Gil.
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« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2013, 09:31:27 PM »

This is like asking what the subdivisions of 'car enthusiast' are (an analogy I use when people ask me about the hobby). Someones into 'cars', but in what way? Engine tuning? Restoration? Drag racing? Track days? or whatever.

Ham radio isnt really a hobby - its an unbrella under which hundreds of hobbies exist, all linked by the common aspect of using radio.
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N1KCG
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« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2013, 05:24:57 AM »

This is like asking what the subdivisions of 'car enthusiast' are (an analogy I use when people ask me about the hobby). Someones into 'cars', but in what way? Engine tuning? Restoration? Drag racing? Track days? or whatever.

Ham radio isnt really a hobby - its an unbrella under which hundreds of hobbies exist, all linked by the common aspect of using radio.

Now I understand.  Great point.  There is much diversity in the hobby, so be prepared for that diversity of persons and their descrete interests.
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K8QV
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« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2013, 08:54:34 AM »

Humans seem to have a built-in need to attach a label to everything and everyone. Things aren't so black and white.
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