[Boatanchors] [BOATANCHORS] Receiver Technology

Bob Peters rwpeters at swbell.net
Sun Jan 16 14:32:23 EST 2011

AMEN Guys.What other organization is going to fight for us on the HILL????
That be only the ARRL guys. My ELMER back in 1959 gave me my first
membership in the ARRL as a gift when I got my General. As he said then They
will help you through your HAM RADIO Times.They have done just that..I have
been a Diamond Club member since they started it and will continue doing
that. They are all we have guys to support us.


Bob W1PE


From: boatanchors-bounces at puck.nether.net
[mailto:boatanchors-bounces at puck.nether.net] On Behalf Of Robert Groh
Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2011 10:26 AM
To: Wilson Lamb; boatanchors at puck.nether.net
Subject: Re: [Boatanchors] Receiver Technology


Amen, Wilson.  Well said.

Bob Groh, WA2CKY
Another 'oldie but goodie' ham.



From: Wilson Lamb <infomet at embarqmail.com>
To: Kludge <wh7hg.hi at gmail.com>; boatanchors at puck.nether.net
Cc: Woody & Lisa Woodward <tastefuldemos at aol.com>
Sent: Sun, January 16, 2011 10:06:28 AM
Subject: Re: [Boatanchors] Receiver Technology

QST is not all I'd like, but it's pretty good for a lot of people.
I never know what the ARRL's "agenda" is, but I hear a lot about it. Maybe
someone will tell us.

No organization as large as ARRL can make everyone happy, but I think we owe
them the existence of our hobby, to a major degree if not totally, so I
appreciate them.  Doubly so since I'm too lazy to do much on my own!

If  you really want technical reading, there are countless texts and
journals that can swamp at least 95% of us.  Ham Radio was good, but over
most hams heads.  Wayne Green was a jerk, but 73 was good for simple
construction articles.  Face it, most technically competent hams are trained
in a technical field and do technical work.  Joe Taylor would have won his
prize even without his ham license.  It is important, however, to expose
kids to technical stuff, since it often leads them into technical careers.
Read The Big Ear, about John Kraus.

I grew up with oldtime hams and the truth is that there were many appliance
ops all along.  My dad held the hands of several to help them pass their
tests and when they passed they bought rigs and got help with them from then
on.  Yes, they at least showed the grit remember enough to pass, but they
often never did anything more technical than ragchew on phone for the rest
of their lives.

SO, how can we make ARRL more like we want it to be?

Get on CW and show us your skill.
Write a semitechnical article for QST, with explanations of technology that
will help the masses improve their minds.
Send in some pictures of the nice gear you have built.
Teach a few license classes and start a ham club at your local high school
or college.
Work with your ARES group to set up real interfaces with local government.
It doesn't matter if there are no real emergencies.
  The publicity and involvement are good for both sides.

Meanwhile, be greatful that ARRL has helped swell our numbers and that a
dedicated staff of professional employees and volunteers works to preserve
our privileges.  As for me, I consider membership a screaming bargain and I
wish every ham would join!


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