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Author Topic: Ham radio? What's that?  (Read 19058 times)
N5INP
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« on: November 25, 2013, 04:12:03 PM »

I talked to a lady friend of mine the other day, hadn't heard from her in a while. She asked what I was into these days.

I said "Well, I just got back into ham radio this summer."

She said "What's ham radio?"

I said "You have never heard of ham radio? Amateur radio? You mean you've never heard of that?"

Her "Nope."

I found that hard to believe. Does anyone else find that hard to believe?

By the way, she was born in 1981.
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AA4PB
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2013, 04:44:24 PM »

Ask her if she's ever heard of CB. Many people think that CB is ham radio.
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KB4QAA
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2013, 05:02:35 PM »

Ham radio was passe' even by 1981.  Wink
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KS2G
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2013, 05:50:53 PM »

I talked to a lady friend of mine the other day...

That's probably the key.

If it was a man of similar age, most likely his response would have been, "People still do that?"  Wink
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K8AXW
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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2013, 09:05:23 PM »

HHmmmmm is she blonde?
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W1JKA
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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2013, 02:43:34 AM »

 Re: N5INP

Ask her if she knows what twerking is, if she does you will forget all about ham radio. Wink
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N5INP
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2013, 04:18:28 AM »

I didn't expect her to understand ham radio or anything close to that. But never heard of it? That's shocking to me.

I tried to explain it like - it's talking to people on certain parts of the shortwave bands ...

I saw no gears turning in that brain when I mentioned shortwave. I bet 99% of people today don't even have a clue about shorwave bands or anything outside of the AM or FM dial.
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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2013, 04:20:10 AM »

Sometimes people ask me what all those antennas are for on my car.  Very very few of them have ever heard of amateur radio as a hobby.  There isn't much time to explain in a parking lot, but I usually say something like "It's a fun hobby involving radio communications--we are the people who sometimes provide emergency communications after a disaster."  Put a bit of a positive spin on it.
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K8AXW
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« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2013, 08:28:49 AM »

JKA:  OMG..... I just found out about 3 days ago what "twerking" is!  I can't wait to see what is next!! Daymn!!
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W1JKA
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« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2013, 09:20:56 AM »

Re: K8AXW

 Same here, XYL just showed me what it was about a week ago, wish I'd known what it was about 20 years ago.  Sad
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« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2013, 02:32:57 PM »

Next time just say it's a way "I can talk or text around the world without having to pay a cellphone company a $100/month".

But we're an exclusive group and you have to take a test and get a license before you are allow to get on our network  Tongue
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G3RZP
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« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2013, 03:28:08 PM »

hey, it's just general ignorance.

I went to the optician. An Indian gentleman. He asks "What do you do for a living?"

"I'm a radio engineer"

"But nobody uses radio any more - it's all digital"

"How do you think the digits get to the cellphone?"

He was an awful optician, too.......
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KE7TMA
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« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2013, 03:31:01 PM »

hey, it's just general ignorance.

I went to the optician. An Indian gentleman. He asks "What do you do for a living?"

"I'm a radio engineer"

"But nobody uses radio any more - it's all digital"

"How do you think the digits get to the cellphone?"

He was an awful optician, too.......

My last optician didn't know what chromatic aberration was.  My doctor told me that a new strain of the flu was going around per the bulletin he got from a major medical journal.  When I asked how they knew it was new, what sort of genetic testing was done on the isolated virus, he said "no it hasn't been sequenced, but it's not the right time of year for the 'normal' flu!"

Sometimes you just have to nod, smile, and find a new medical professional.
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G3RZP
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« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2013, 03:35:58 PM »

 Next time, I went, it was a Chinese lady who knew her stuff......

But having worked in medical electronics, it gets interesting at times when you can discuss at a very detailed level matters with the doctor - like the pros and cons of capsule endoscopy!
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KB4QAA
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« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2013, 04:31:32 PM »

Most people under 50 have probably never heard of ham radio.  The easiest explanation is something like "It's like CB, but you have to take exams and get a federal license".
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