[amsat-bb] Re: knowledge required

Gordon JC Pearce gordonjcp at gjcp.net
Sun Oct 23 00:31:38 PDT 2011

On Sun, 23 Oct 2011 03:31:44 +0200
"i8cvs" <domenico.i8cvs at tin.it> wrote:

> If the US has "dumbed down" the radio amateurs license requirements with
> less technical knowledge than before when the Morse Code and many more
> technical requirements were mandatory than the same problem apply to
> Amateur Radio.
> Don't worry about because the problem is the same in many countries.

The thing is, if you get one of the amateurs that is moaning about the "dumbing down" of the amateur radio exams, and then get them to sit an exam, then there's an excellent chance they'l fail it.

I'm guessing the "dumbing down" brigade are the same ones that I see on 14.070MHz with a signal 3kHz wide.  Technology changes.  Anyone can do Morse, and I don't see why that's constantly held up as the Big Symptom Of Decay.  Can you do PSK31 effectively?  No?  Time for a spot of learning, then.  Knowledge required!

If you don't like all these new people coming into your hobby, then here's the deal.  I'll get off the bands with my four-year-old licence (despite having been involved in the hobby for 30 years; it took me until my early 30s for me to have the time and disposable income to actually sit the exam) *if* you'll get off my Internet.

Yes, that's right.  Clear off.  Cancel your ISP, and go somewhere else with your top-posted, untrimmed replies, 200 names in the To: field and ridiculous multi-line signature emails.  Get your bright-red-on-bright-blue-text animated-gif-laden javascript-mouseover-links websites down.  Get off the damn Internet, and stop ruining it for those of us who were there first.  Oh, and have a read of this:


Man, I wish there was *any* kind of licence that people needed to hold before they use the Internet.

Gordon JC Pearce MM0YEQ <gordonjcp at gjcp.net>

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