[amsat-bb] Re: Ham Spirit

Eric Knaps, ON4HF on4hf at telenet.be
Thu May 31 09:51:25 PDT 2012

I'm sorry Clint, but this is the way I see it:
If you can't hear the downlink, stop calling cq because you won't hear 
anyone to talk to.
I know that station for a long time and this wasn't the first time.
When I call cq on a lineair transponder, Jean-Marie is also there to 
call also cq on the same frequency, why?
I then just move to another qrg, problem solved :-)
But on a fm sat that isn't the case. You get frustrated after a while.

Amateur Radio Station ON4HF
Eric Knaps
Satellite manager UBA


Op 30/05/2012 23:44, Clint Bradford schreef:
> 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
> http://www.work-sat.com
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