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Have you ever used a Ham radio?

Response Percent Votes
No
 
47% 274
Yes
 
33% 190
What’s a ham radio?
 
19% 110
Total 574

Comments

Pywacket 3 years, 11 months ago

No, but my dad fiddled around with one in the 60s, so I always associate them with older guys of his era.

none2 3 years, 11 months ago

My grandpa was the same way. I think the ham radio hobbyists of the past are similar to the PC hobbyists of more recent times. I don't mean PC users since just about everybody uses PC's now-a-days. I'm referring more to those who like to build their own computers.

Grandpa loved to tinker, so I think he also put some of his radios together. He was so proud of his equipment. I also remember him having a lot of post card size (or slightly larger) cards that had individuals call names. (I'm sure I still have them somewhere.)

I was so young at the time, that I remember doing some stupid things. (He died when I was 7, so that should give you some idea how young I was.) I remember there was some picnic of ham radio enthusiasts and grandpa was responsible for bringing pop. He put bottled pop in a trash can along with a lot of ice. I thought people were stealing from grandpa, so I grabbed the lid, and sat on the can and told people I wouldn't let them steal from my Grandpa. Luckily, he was nearby and was able to explain to me that they weren't stealing.

Except for a few stupid behaviors on my part, I look back fondly on the days with grandpa and his radios. I think they also still serve a vital role such as in the case of natural disasters. I also remember that Australia used to use radios to educate children in their outback when distances made other methods of education impractical:

http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/schoolofair/

Kathy Getto 3 years, 11 months ago

My dad and a few of his friends were heavily into amateur radio. They built their radios, and spent many hours playing around with them. They still used morse code when they first began. I remember their excitement when they started using voice transmission. They talked to people all over the world!

If he were here, he would be so fascinated with the Internet, I imagine he would spend many hours online!

Kathy Getto 3 years, 11 months ago

I know - I'm not sure when they stopped requiring that for licensure in the US though.

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ksjayhawk74 3 years, 11 months ago

I've had a ham sandwich while I was listening to the radio. Does that count?

Keith 3 years, 11 months ago

Beer goggles are more common than ham radios.

deec 3 years, 11 months ago

I tried but I couldn't get the dials to turn once I inserted them into the ham.

kc0ptl 3 years, 11 months ago

I've been a ham since the age of 12! Now I'm 19. Ilearned a lot thru ham radio + held a state position. It's a blast!

Carol Bowen 3 years, 11 months ago

Keep it up. I was a ham when I was young. I let it go, and I have regretted losing my knowledge of ham radio ever since.

Carol Bowen 3 years, 11 months ago

Keep it up. I was a ham when I was young. I let it go, and I have regretted losing my knowledge of ham radio ever since.

loverofidiots 3 years, 11 months ago

Most people don't learn to operate a HAM radio in Lawrence because it involves taking an exam.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 11 months ago

I have friends who are ham operators and was interested in it for a time, even to learning the morse code that used to be a requirement. But I have too many other eexpensive hobbies and decided to not get too involved with this hobby. I do think these folks do a great service and have served well in times of emergencies.

bearded_gnome 3 years, 11 months ago

morse code stopped being a requirement for the vhf/uhf capable license about fifteen years ago.
then less than ten years ago you could get one of the shortwave-capable licenses without morse code.

morse code is still often used on shortwave ham bands. it has a music all its own.
and if you're building your own equipment, the simplest to build is morse code equipment.

Carol Bowen 3 years, 11 months ago

I still have a set of toy keys(circa 1950's). I have one upstairs and the other downstairs so that my grandkids can play with it.

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kcxd45 3 years, 11 months ago

You are in error and very likely a self-abosorbed malcontent (if you're not interested, nobody is, right?) I don't suppose you would like to back up your claim with any referencable fact? Hmmm?

Amateur radio licensing is not just up, it is up a lot. See reference data: http://www.arrl.org/news/first-half-of-2010-sees-upswing-in-new-amateur-radio-licenses

I'm a computer guy, a Ham Radio Licensee and lover of new technology. I enjoy many of the data modes of operation. I can send e-mail or files via my ham Radio to anywhere in the world is very cool. No fees, minute by minute charges or contracts.

I enjoy being a certified tornado spotter and a net control. I know about tornado's forming in the area before the radio & TV meterologist do. Sometimes even before the weather service. Hams like me are one of the first responders to areas affected by a natural disaster. Tornado's, floods, and other natural events knock out phones service, the internet, and cell towers.

When everything else fails, Ham Radio Works...and save lives.

For your sake faceit, God forbid that ham radio is degated to the museum.

mr_right_wing 3 years, 11 months ago

I had a license in the early 2000s, but I failed to renew it when it expired.

I think 'they' prefer the term "Amateur Radio".

mr_right_wing 3 years, 11 months ago

Just checked out the FCC website.

It was valid 1995-2005.

compmd 3 years, 11 months ago

My rig consists of a Hallicrafters HT-37 CW/AM/SSB transmitter (with original power transformer), SX-110 receiver (not the matching receiver, but I like the looks more, and it works so I can't complain), and R-47 speaker.

bearded_gnome 3 years, 11 months ago

compmd (anonymous) says…

My rig consists of a Hallicrafters ht-37 cw/am/ssb transmitter (with original power transformer), SX-110 receiver (not the matching receiver, but I like the looks more, and it works so I can't complain), and R-47 speaker.

---Nice!

bearded_gnome 3 years, 11 months ago

hear_me (anonymous) replies …

I still have a set of toy keys(circa 1950's). I have one upstairs and the other downstairs so that my grandkids can play with it.

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January 4, 2011 at 12:25 a.m.

livefoniks 3 years, 11 months ago

The odd thing is that I misread the title as "Have you ever used a Ham dildo?"

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