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Author Topic: "The old days"  (Read 2639 times)
K3UIM
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« on: November 18, 2018, 06:42:45 PM »

I have discovered a fact about myself; I'm an old fogie! … sigh …

How many times in the years starting in 1962 have I, upon spotting a ham license plate on a car or in the cars' rear window, given a "hi" beep on the horn and received an ear to ear smile and wave from the driver? Ah! So many!

Since returning to ham radio, 25 years later, Duh! It's like the brotherhood has been dissolved and nobody even noticed.

I suspect the fraternity would cease to be, (except for us old fogies), if the code was brought back, but jeeze Louise, shouldn't hams at least have been issued a secret handshake or something?? HI.

There! Now I feel better!

Charlie, K3UIM
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2018, 09:20:03 PM »

Ever go to a post office and ask for an International Reply Coupon? Talk about a blank stare. And only the large post offices had them!
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W8JX
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2018, 03:04:24 AM »


I suspect the fraternity would cease to be, (except for us old fogies), if the code was brought back, but jeeze Louise, shouldn't hams at least have been issued a secret handshake or something?? HI.


I think the absence of code and the reduced requirements (easy tests) have killed this "fraternity" and made it far more generic and like CB than what ham radio once was. When us old timers are gone and forgotten ham radio will not be far behind it.
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2018, 06:02:14 AM »

Ahhh yes indeed.... I have finally come to the admission that, "It's not your Great Grandfather's Ham radio anymore!". Alas...but I still do have a very good time on HF. By the way, now a days be careful when you toot out "HI" on the car horn. The other driver may not have a clue what you're doing and you may just receive that secret ham "greeting" from the other driver who will be using only one finger to salute you.
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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2018, 06:16:26 AM »

By the way, now a days be careful when you toot out "HI" on the car horn. The other driver may not have a clue what you're doing and you may just receive that secret ham "greeting" from the other driver who will be using only one finger to salute you.

Or even worse shot at...
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K3UIM
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« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2018, 08:42:34 AM »

But we, the old timers, have memories that cannot be gotten in today's technology. ie; Hearing that voice coming through the Army surplus, 200 ohm earphones from the receiver we just finished building with scavenged parts from an article in Popular Electronics magazine. Or adding the extra 3 turns to our hand-wound on a Morton Salt box tank coil to get it to the correct frequency. (GDOs too expensive for our 75 cents a week allowance.) and I could go on and on.
Granted, this generation will always remember hearing a return on their brand new hand-held 2 meter, Christmas present rig. (Somehow it doesn't seem the same as our experiences "way back then". Hi.)

Ah! But we "old timers" have fond memories that will go to the grave with us. … sigh … Hi.

Actually, each and every memory, no matter what it might be, coming from any electronic experience, is valuable to all of us. (Our first taste of 110 volts, our first QSO, etc, etc.)

Charlie, K3UIM
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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2018, 08:56:34 AM »

Today is not really so bad.  There are ham-in-a-day classes.  After passing the class the students go out and buy a $35 Chinese HT and use it for about one week and then set it aside and find some other interest.
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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2018, 09:24:31 AM »

Some day before I get to much older , I want to write an article about what it is that draws a few people to fascination of radio. I've got alot  ideas and one of the curious questions I've come across is this one. So many of us where almost born with curiosity about radio, some early spark started us up. But others later in life got the bug, I'd like to know how those people developed an interest.
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« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2018, 10:47:25 AM »


Ah! But we "old timers" have fond memories that will go to the grave with us. … sigh … Hi.


Tube radios and xtal control CW novice, those were the days...
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« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2018, 10:52:18 AM »

I heard 2 hams this morning on a local 2 meter repeater talking about setting up their own backyard repeater, so that they could have another 2 meter frequency that gets zero use.


The conversation was going fine until one mentioned about the need for something called a cavity after which there was a long period of quiet which is unusual for these two individuals and everyone else on this repeater system.

Finally the repeater they were on came back to life with the 2nd ham asking what a cavity was and why do we need it, the first ham then admitted that he had no idea why they needed one and it was then that I shut my sdr dongle off and tossed it in the junk box with all of my other unused electronic devices.
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« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2018, 12:08:54 PM »

Many of us old farts can still remember the voices of Bill Halligan, Edgar Johnson, Art Collins, Lloyd Hammarlund, Stuart Meyer, Wes Schum, and many others that have left their imprint on ham radio.

Those people were often on the air and also at various ARRL conferences around the country and not always praising the ARRL either.

Jean Shepherd K2ORS was a regular at many of them and could keep a hospitality room packed until dawn.

Yet a very small and noisy minority of those who werent able to get to those places due to a tender age or some other reason doubt what those who did have reported recently on here and make a long winded stink over it since they cant find it on Google.
It really was a different world back then.

I have returned to those roots by collecting, restoring selected models, and using those on AM from 160-6M when the mood hits for something beyond what is on SSB and I rarely even listen to FM, much less use it.

We need another Jean Shepherd or even a Wayne Green (love him or hate him, he was a presence that regularly prodded/poked the ARRL in the pages of CQ)

Carl
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« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2018, 12:31:35 PM »

I don't know what the old days were like..  I've only been a ham since 87
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« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2018, 01:59:31 PM »

There are those who are getting their licenses in 2018, and thirty or forty or years from now they'll be reminiscing about the good ole days of ham radio. You know, when FT8 was new and SDR was just taking off.

"Man those were the days", they'll say. "These new hams don't have any idea what it was like to cut their teeth on an IC-7300 and a Windows laptop. Yeah, those were the days."
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« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2018, 02:24:22 PM »

There are those who are getting their licenses in 2018, and thirty or forty or years from now they'll be reminiscing about the good ole days of ham radio. You know, when FT8 was new and SDR was just taking off.

I am not so sure about that. Ham is now kinda the modern day CB. 40 years from now if still around it will still be that except it will likely be test free like CB ticket was. 
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« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2018, 06:03:03 PM »

I don't know what the old days were like..  I've only been a ham since 87

Well, the equipment sucked compared to what we have now.  There was less to do and explore than the modes and activities we have now. The good old days are now.  I was licensed in 71
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