[amsat-bb] Ham Spirit

Clint Bradford clintbrad4d at earthlink.net
Wed May 30 14:44:21 PDT 2012

Back to Eric's original question: "Where is the "ham spirit" these days?"

Well, I ask, WHEN did the true spirit of ham radio CHANGE to the point where we can demean fellow hams 
in public message groups  - WITHOUT simply contacting an "offending" ham privately to see if we could help 
them with their system?

A simple email message to the "offending" station asking if he was able to hear the bird ... If he has had any 
problems with the FM birds in the past ... and find out if he knew he was accidentally stepping on another ham ... 
THAT'S what any responsible amateur radio licensee should have done FIRST. And THEN write up the experience 
here. Something like ...

"Hey, guys and gals. Was working SO-50 earlier this week, and booming in with a strong signal was K6LCS. That's 
the good news. The bad news is that he was stepping on everyone else - as if he could not hear the downlinks from 
the bird. I called him up (his phone number is all over his Web sites) and we both identified the problem: a shorted 
earpiece cable forced him to work without his normal receive audio setup. He profusely apologized ... and he is not 
really a "repeat offender." LESSON LEARNED: Purchase quality audio accessories!"

Instead, the original message criticizes a fellow ham ... and two more fellow hams publicly chime in with, "Way to go, Eric!" - 
before finding out the facts of the matter.

Call me "old school," I guess. But I am not changing.

Clint Bradford, K6LCS

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