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Old 15th Jul 2019, 2:27 pm   #121
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One of them did mention playing around with CB radios in the 1980s however so they weren't quite as ignorant as they made themselves out to be
Hmm, I would infer the opposite from that statement. ;-)
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 4:44 pm   #122
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Interestingly on this point, I was talking to some passing cyclists who wondered what the hell I was doing on Sunday and they outlined the decline I think:

"you do know we've got mobile phones these days, but I'm sure you've heard that before"



One of them did mention playing around with CB radios in the 1980s however so they weren't quite as ignorant as they made themselves out to be
This seems to be a very difficult point to get across to most people. They think we just want to talk to people, so they can't understand why we don't just use Skype or a mobile phone or whatever, whereas we aren't really interested in that, we want to talk about radio and allied subjects, our latest projects, achievements etc. My neighbour's son asked me a few weeks ago why I bothered shoving my 40 foot topband vertical up and down, when I could get software for my PC that would allow me to talk to up to 40 people all over the world at once. (insert roll-eyes smiley here).
Trying to explain to him what it was all about was like trying to herd cats. If you've ever seen the bit in Spinal Tap where the guy is fixated on his amplifier 'going up to eleven', you'll know the feeling.
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 5:05 pm   #123
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Indeed. I had a friend of mine say the same thing a few months back as well over dinner. After explaining he still didn't get it. My closing remark was "but you play golf" and the point was got.

Honestly I could do without amateur radio but I think if I didn't occupy my mind continuously, I'd probably be a bond villain or something.
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 6:14 pm   #124
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Why not just pick it up, take it to the green and put it in the hole? Exactly.

I just explain that for me, the idea that you can hang your voice on a signal, fling it off a wire and catch it with another wire many miles away - in some cases half way around the world - and turn it back into the original voice signal - is as miraculous now as it was the day I first learned about the concept. The novelty for me has genuinely never worn off.
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 6:27 pm   #125
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"you do know we've got mobile phones these days, but I'm sure you've heard that before"
Ah, you always need a counterquip. I'd have been ready with "And motor cars" while giving their bike a good stare.

I stopped in at the lifeboat station in South Queensferry to pick up a load of Christmas cards. The place is a bit of a tourist magnet and you get loads of bikers gathered on the front at weekends.I was on my way back from the stables and my breeches and boots got a few stares... "I ride something much hairier" was my quip. They choked on their sandwiches and we wound up having a good conversation and better understanding each other's concerns. I was proud of that quip!

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Old 15th Jul 2019, 7:04 pm   #126
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"you do know we've got mobile phones these days, but I'm sure you've heard that before"
A while back a rambleroid said something similar to me when I was out with my PRC320 working /P from somewhere I *know* is a totally-tragic black-hole for cellphone signals[1].

My reply was "How many signal-bars does your phone show down here? I've got nine!!"

[1] I was operating on 5MHz. Licence requires me to provide a contact phone-number for use in the event that the primary-user requires me to close-down. I guess they'd have got my 'out of service area' voicemail.
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Old 16th Jul 2019, 4:15 pm   #127
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I need to check,but I think there is an activity day on 20th July,note not a contest.I should know as I read it out on the RSGB news!

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Finished recapping the mutek 251. Lancashire to ales with antennas on the ground at both ends

https://youtu.be/bF8gfOv2ZOE

Lovely looking radios those icoms. Might even be better than ft225rd. (*)



(*) second thoughts, nah.
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