"Down here in Costa Rica, we refer to the nightly ranters on 75m. as the "finqueros cerdos" - the "pig farmers." Most seem to display a level of ignorance suggesting that their only contact with education is a weekly trip…"
"Well, I have not set up my station yet since I moved to Nebraska, but I will be soon. And lo! There are in fact freethinkers and atheists in ham radio (you wouldn't guess by listening to HF).
73, James, N4XMH
"While I agree wholeheartedly about animals deserving humane treatment (I love that PETA is suing for whale rights based on a charge of "slavery") it is an unfortunate condition among atheists to tie other people's atheism to a larger…"
"Yeah, sure, I'd like to get my hands on some of that gear. But mostly, I can't wait for the Rapture, because it means we'll finally be rid of those sactimonious, self-righteous sonsabitches. Any hell that Jesus has stored…"
"Dayton Hamvention starts Friday, 20 May and runs through 22 May. Think of all the stuff we can loot up on come Sunday when the raptured have departed. And while I'm at it, what's the grid square of Heaven? Or Hell, for that matter?"
"I haven't heard anything on that sked either, Huck. Dunno whazzup with that...
Kevin, I am a big fan of antenna modeling, too. Been using MultiNEC, which is kinda buggy, but is a modeler's dream - you can set up to three…"
"I'd gladly chip in some cash to have someone throw this piece of shit off the same roof, but only after breaking his arms and legs into as many small pieces as possible. I can't get this image out of my head. It's so…"
"10 PM Eastern is a bit late for us old geezers. I'm in bed and cutting Zs by then. Might be more participation at an earlier hour. Or if it were every night. Or preferably both. That would give me a reason to put up a decent antenna for 75.…"
"Funny you say that (abt putting up a 80m antoona). Good conditions we have had some back-and-forths with some Spanish-speaking guys show up on the frequency. Really good conditions and I think we're listening to Indonesian-speaking fishing boat…"
"Hmmm..... 3675 at 10PM Central... Too bad it is so late at night. I'd love to check in, but I am usually in bed cutting Zs long since by then.
Otherwise, I am at a quandary as to why to even bother putting up a decent antenna for 80m, when the…"
"I've met folks who, as age dragged them more deeply into less than commodious living, decided that there couldn't be a divine hand so mean as to make someone go through all the decay & degradation. And I knew of one RC priest who, as…"
"First off, do it. And you should have bought a transceiver kit. No, maybe not. If you're old enough to have a serious range of essential tremor things going on, building a kit -- any kit -- is sure to make any intervention group close up…"
"Well, yeah. I guess it's a lot like the old OO thing. Do I really care enough to get riled about any of this? Sometimes, yeah, sure, since I look at bible study nets & similar "discussions" as a form of "see how much more I…"
Probably have to be in person - my rigs are all old and busted (well, at least old...) - I haven't been on anything other than a cellphone for a long time - though I really hope to get something going again at some point. N4FFD is the call, just in case I suddenly get the bug. Where do you generally operate?
I may start trying to get some gear back together in a year or two. I was never very successful with HF, and my general ops were on 2M, but I have friends down south all over 220 and up, and there is my motorcycle comm system to think of... I may just get myself something in the tiny wavelengths again.
Religiion on the air... ugh. It should be considered the same as re-broadcasting. I was, however, married at my wife's home with three pastors, all three of which were hams. We used to kid them that their antennas were cross-polarised :-)
Thanks for the note - hope to meet up on the air somewhere sometime.