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Author Topic: My Morse Learning Campaign  (Read 358309 times)
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« Reply #330 on: November 12, 2014, 07:57:51 PM »

Those of you who say I am OCD may be correct.

Those of you who are criticizing my attempt to get permissions should remember that I am a renter. I'm an old European Socialist but that doesn't prevent me from having a healthy respect for property rights.

I don't own my own apartment, or the plot that it stands on, and the proposed site of my antenna isn't even on my own landlord's property, but on a tree that belongs to the neighbors. If you are a property owner yourself, please imagine your reaction if a random person who was renting an apartment in the building next door to your house/yard erected an antenna in a tree that you own, without your permission. I am very close to getting formal permission from all of the property owners; is there something wrong with wanting to dot the i's and cross the t's in such a situation?

And anyway, what's the %@$! hurry? Don't we all have lives to lead, outside ham radio? I'm proceeding to get on the air, at my own pace. It looks like it may take quite a while longer. So what? (Eh alors?)

Concerning the grounding issue: remember that there are other parties involved. It wasn't that hard to comply with NEC (National Electrical Code http://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/document-information-pages?mode=code&code=70) and doing so takes all sorts of neighbors' (and landlords') objections off the table. What's the problem?

Hmmph!

Best of 73's from

Martin, KB1WSY

Welcome to the land of "instant gratification"! The problem is that your story is very far from the cultural norm!
It's very common that people will act now and seek permission after the fact. I'm not saying that you should do that, but many folks do.
One day I came home to find all of my lawn furniture missing, only to find it at a next door neighbor's party. He softened me up with beer and BBQ, saying "you don't mind that I borrowed your chairs, do you?" What could I say?


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« Reply #331 on: November 13, 2014, 06:50:42 AM »

Martin,
I am sure there are those hams like me who only wish you the best in your ham radio hobby.  It is a hobby after all - something to be happy about doing. 

I studied for my ham license at the same time I practiced CW.   Many months passed by after I got my license before I even bought my first ham radio.  I talked to hams who encouraged me to upgrade to General, so I did.  I was glad; the General license got me on HF.  I actually started building little radios before I got into the hobby - as a matter of fact - it was building little radios that got me into hobby. 

If you lived nearby and you had the time, I would invite you to get on-the-air at my HF station to make some QSOs in CW.

I have really enjoyed reading about your - shall I say - adventure in ham radio: building your own radios, learning CW, installing your antenna, etc.  Now, I eagerly wait to hear you make your first QSOs once you get everything set up. 

73 de Daniel, KK4MRN.

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« Reply #332 on: November 13, 2014, 08:53:27 AM »

Martin:  I was raised to respect other people's property.  I was taught to keep my hands off of anything that didn't belong to me.

I still ask permission to turn a knob at a friend's shack or ask permission before I open the action of a gun that doesn't belong to me.  (In this case I respectfully hand it back!)

I admire your integrity for getting permission to use someone else's tree! 

Being a "European Socialist has nothing to do with this.  It is simply good manners and respect that should have been learned at an early age.
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« Reply #333 on: November 13, 2014, 09:31:29 AM »

Like a lot of threads this has gone completely off the rails . . . I would like to here about the OP's Morse Learning Campaign! Smiley

I have been following the CW learning and keep check the thread when I see a new indicator.

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« Reply #334 on: November 14, 2014, 05:28:57 AM »

Like a lot of threads this has gone completely off the rails . . . I would like to he[ar] about the OP's Morse Learning Campaign! Smiley

I have been following the CW learning and keep check the thread when I see a new indicator.


You are quite right to object to the red herrings, for which I am entirely responsible. Coming in the next few days: an update on CW. I hope it won't be too grim. I've done no CW for weeks so it will be interesting to see how far things have deteriorated.

73 de Martin, KB1WSY
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« Reply #335 on: November 15, 2014, 08:14:44 PM »

This thread is probably the largest or most read thread that I've seen on eHam.  It's been an interesting read all through it and many lessons were learned and many excellent photos to enjoy.

As with any thread or subject that has almost 128,000 viewers and many commentators it's bound to deviate or "go off the rails" several times.  In each case it all comes back into line and we go on enjoying this tale.

Martin might possibly be dragging this out for the drama but hopefully we'll get to see him get on with his beautifully constructed homebrew gear sometime soon.

It, for me, has been a fun trip and no doubt many "newbies" as well as some "old timers" have learned a thing or two.......which is persistence, determination and maybe even the fun of building something with your hands and the thrill of putting it on the air.

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« Reply #336 on: November 16, 2014, 03:29:44 AM »

any thread or subject that has almost 128,000 viewers

128,000 viewers ?  No way.


73
K4NL Sid
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« Reply #337 on: November 16, 2014, 04:06:33 AM »

Martin might possibly be dragging this out for the drama but hopefully we'll get to see him get on with his beautifully constructed homebrew gear sometime soon.

Thank you Al. Dragging it out, yes, although in my case it may be more a personal tendency toward Procrastination and Perfectionism rather than any deliberate teasing! (Plus I have to say that in recent months particularly, work pressures have been intense.)

any thread or subject that has almost 128,000 viewers

128,000 viewers ?  No way.

A very good point. The number of viewers is probably no more than a few dozen. I don't think there's any way to extract that statistic though ... it's something that would be available to the administrators but only if they have a routine that keeps track of it.

However we can see the callsigns of those who posted in a thread and in the case of the current thread, it probably isn't more than a few dozen.

73 de Martin, KB1WSY
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« Reply #338 on: November 16, 2014, 09:41:51 AM »

KB:  You're correct!  Sorry.  I "saw" 128.... views, but it was 123,000 plus views.

There are 337 contributors to this thread. 

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« Reply #339 on: November 16, 2014, 09:59:37 AM »

KB:  You're correct!  Sorry.  I "saw" 128.... views, but it was 123,000 plus views.

Apparently, you didn't understand the point I was making.  But that's okay.


Also, please stop referring to people by suffix.  If you're too lazy to type the whole thing, just leave it out entirely.


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KB1WSY
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« Reply #340 on: November 16, 2014, 10:21:57 AM »

KB:  You're correct!  Sorry.  I "saw" 128.... views, but it was 123,000 plus views.

There are 337 contributors to this thread.  


I don't think so. At this point, there are about 340 posts but some of the posters have made multiple posts, starting with yours truly. It would be possible to figure out how many individual people posted, either with a very tedious hand count or with some quick html programming, but my wild guess is that it's not more than a few dozen people. They are, of course, nice people whose advice I treasure, regardless of their prolixity!

73 de Martin, KB1WSY
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« Reply #341 on: November 17, 2014, 07:51:11 AM »

Martin,

I just happened upon this thread and I applaud you on your homebrew skills
and the desire to learn CW!

I also noticed that your homebrew CPO looks like the old F/F (Flip/Flops) used in
the old homebrew computer registers of days past Smiley

Keep up the good work!

73, Rick - N8XI
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« Reply #342 on: November 17, 2014, 10:12:32 AM »

Sid:  Apparently I did miss your point and really don't care.  As for my typing the whole callsign.....I'll do what I please. 

If you don't like anything I have to say or what I do simply put an "Ignore" on my call.

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« Reply #343 on: November 17, 2014, 10:28:49 AM »

Sid:  As for my typing the whole callsign.....I'll do what I please.

Obviously.


If you don't like anything I have to say or what I do simply put an "Ignore" on my call.

You're overreacting.  The only thing you do that I dislike is address others by suffix.  It adds unnecessary confusion.


73
K4NL Sid
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« Reply #344 on: November 17, 2014, 01:20:02 PM »

Sid:  As for my typing the whole callsign.....I'll do what I please.

Obviously.


If you don't like anything I have to say or what I do simply put an "Ignore" on my call.

You're overreacting.  The only thing you do that I dislike is address others by suffix.  It adds unnecessary confusion.


73
K4NL Sid

Sid, it is a well known shortcut for really old timers (licenced over 60 years) cuz there was at that time only one prefix in each country.

So please respect it ,even when it is bothering you right now.
I highly appreciate your JLMC, it keeps me proficient. Mni tks.

73 Frans
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