[amsat-bb] Re: Quadrifilar Helices

Nate Duehr nate at natetech.com
Fri Nov 2 22:38:16 PST 2007

On Nov 2, 2007, at 5:33 PM, Robert Bruninga wrote:
> As  you said, it was off list. And it sounds like he thought the
> person was intested in a Helix antenna.  He has them.  SO
> nothing wrong with that.  In fact, that is a better approach
> than a message to ALL...

Ahh, I didn't want this to blow out of proportion on the list, I was  
most annoyed that the person made the offer without reading the list  
messages carefully enough to realize I wasn't interested in helix  
antennas in the first place.

I do respectfully disagree though, Bob.  I'm not here to be advertised  
to -- got plenty of that on the Internet already or I can buy a QST  
which is about what, 50% ads now?  Plenty of that to go around already.

If I wanted a helix antenna and he e-mailed me after carefully reading  
and following this list (being engaged enough to actually know what's  
going on in the threads), I would agree with you.  There's lots of  
hams out there squeaking out a living off of their ham products, or  
just paying for their hobby... that's one thing... A plugged-in  
"community" member helping out... just like you said.

But getting an advertisement from someone who isn't paying attention  
at all, that's not appropriate.  That's just an alternate way to  
spam.  I would actually rather they did send it to the list in that  
case, if a particular list's rules allowed advertising.

That's my opinion, anyway.

And I wasn't meaning to make any "ad hominem attacks" -- even though  
that comment in and of itself was a veiled one, aimed at me, I think.   
(Ironic, isn't it?)

Ultimately none of the above matters at all, nor do I really care.

I was just trying to warn others that someone was trolling the list  
for customers, while sending it in public and not getting ankle deep  
in a private e-mail argument with the person that did it.  Trying to  
keep it non-personal while also warning others that someone was  
trolling the list for customers.

What folks do with that information, is utterly up to them now.  I  
don't care.  I wasn't intending it as a topic of discussion, really.

We'll all have our own tolerance levels for advertising and commercial  
type ham radio ventures, I'm sure... which would change depending on  
whether or not we WANTED the item for sale, too... unless we're  
awfully driven by principal.  :-)

Wasn't worth me even mentioning it.  Sorry I did.

Nate Duehr, WY0X
nate at natetech.com

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