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Author Topic: What ham radio BS have you heard?  (Read 30012 times)
WD8KNI
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« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2014, 05:02:49 AM »

everything you read on e-ham is absolutely correct.
.. Fred
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W1JKA
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« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2014, 06:15:34 AM »

All of the Topic responses to date. Wink
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KA5PIU
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« Reply #17 on: June 12, 2014, 06:27:49 AM »

Hello.

When I first got started in ham radio I had this really odd guy who was some Air Force officer tell me I had to have an Elmer.
I got together with some friends and we went downtown, this idiot tried to follow us, so we met up with the Town Freaks, a local downtown gang, and set him up.
He got rolled.
Well, turns out you don't need an Elmer after all!
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KI5WW
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« Reply #18 on: June 12, 2014, 08:55:36 AM »

Im up on a 1000 foot mountain so that makes my 20 meter dipole perform as if its on a 1000 foot tower, even though itS only on a 20 foot pole. 

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K8AG
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« Reply #19 on: June 12, 2014, 09:13:50 AM »

NIB.  Here is the picture of the rig.
Normal wear from use.
Indoor antennas will not work.
Removing the CW requirements will ruin CW and Ham Radio.
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W9FIB
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« Reply #20 on: June 12, 2014, 10:59:16 AM »

Operating your portable generator in your attached garage is not dangerous.

The ground in your wall outlet is the only grounding you need.

10/11 meter amps are clean efficient amps.

Everything from China is bad.

Everything from China is good.

All ham people are experts at everything.

All ham people are experts at nothing.

All Emcomm operators are whackers.

All Emcomm operators are perfect professional radio operators.

And the number 1 on the list of BS is if you don't know CW and have a degree in electronics, your a fake ham who knows nothing.
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K4JJL
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« Reply #21 on: June 12, 2014, 11:41:33 AM »

I've had friends call me during a long night of beer pong or swat cup asking for radio advice.  One guy said he couldn't hit the local repeater (system that I built and maintain).  I told him to try adjusting the squelch control on his radio.

I love saying that to people, especially when I'm in no mood or condition to talk radio repair.
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ZENKI
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« Reply #22 on: June 12, 2014, 02:28:40 PM »

A few hams in Europe and many other places telling other hams this.....

"my antenna is 300ft above RF ground" They say this even when their towers are 15 to 20 meters above real dirt.

They back this up by saying that   "under my antenna there is water table that  is 200 ft down which is my RF ground"
One ham even  saying that his antenna is 500ft above ground because there was a old copper mine below his antenna!

These many ignorant hams have obviously not heard about the depth of RF current penetration and skin depth.

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N9LCD
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« Reply #23 on: June 12, 2014, 05:05:18 PM »

A ham came over to advise me on antenna installation and lightning.


"What do you need lightning protection for?  I don't have any.  Besides, if it ever hits, it'll take out the chimney across the street or the church's steeple first."


       
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N8LTD
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« Reply #24 on: June 12, 2014, 09:39:24 PM »

On VHF polarization, I know it's necessary to be the same as the other station for locals. But I thought polarization doesn't matter that much when the band is open and you're working distant stations.
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W9KEY
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« Reply #25 on: June 12, 2014, 10:20:40 PM »

the three options below are BS:

all hams who are of the opinion that removing the code requirement was a mistake:

A) think they are better than code-free hams
B) think no-code hams are not real hams
C) have no rational reasons to believe that
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KB2VUQ
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« Reply #26 on: June 12, 2014, 10:26:03 PM »

Be right back, I have to take  a shower before I go to the hamfest!
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G3RZP
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« Reply #27 on: June 13, 2014, 01:33:32 AM »

If I'm splattering over you, it's your lousy receiver. If you're splattering over me, it's your lousy transmitter.

If you have coax cables  with the same impedance but different velocity factors joined together, you can never get the SWR down to a usable level.
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NN4RH
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« Reply #28 on: June 13, 2014, 03:39:08 AM »

There's alot of BS and myths in this hobby that are not necessarily true. Which good ones have you heard? Some of my favorites:

eHam Reviews posted by people who have owned the equipment "0 to 3 Months" are meaningful.
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NN4RH
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« Reply #29 on: June 13, 2014, 04:59:57 AM »

"When All Else Fails … "
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