>>I guess it is true that successive generations of Americans are getting
>>"more stupid" and less capable, and therefore need to have things made
>>easier for them. Gee, now the Tech minuses can sport a "class D" license
>>just like the legal CBers used to. What's next, a driver's license with no
>>written or driving test, or maybe a PhD in Theoretical Physics without
>>having to go to college?
>>Physicist, Engineer, and "Class A" Amateur Radio Operator
>>This type of attitude is why 95% of the people who were hams as ***agers
>never continue. I quit when I got fed up with old timers telling me how lazy
>and stupid us kids were. Fire up any HF band and listen to the
>conversations...Where are all the members of the "less stupid" generation?
>They are on 40m complaining about there back problems, knee problems, rectum
>problems, RV problems, or describing the latest Japanese microprocessor
>controlled rig they bought. I can have a much more intelligent conversation
>with my 5 year old son, and I won't get a lecture about how hard life use to
>be in the old days.
I have seldom heard anyone pubicly admit this. I, too, went silent as a
***ager in 1964, after growing weary of the fact that *nearly* everyone
I shared the interest with was either socially handicapped,
conversationally vacant, a know-it-all, or perhaps suspected of being
*** by most non-hams. I loved learning, designing, scrounging,
building and operating - all the things many now (rightly) bemoan for
their absence today - but an insightful QSO was rare, and I often had to
keep my non-ham friends away from the shack so they wouldn't hear the
sorry stuff that passed for discussion or intelligence on phone, and have
them wonder if there was something weird about me for playing radio. It
also seems perennial that *many* hams are incurable braggarts - always
reminding others of their job, degree, type of license, callsign, number
of beers drunk, claimed low price paid for latest toy, claimed personal
political expertise, claimed insight into why YOUR rig doesn't sound as
good as it should, whatever. Most people in other areas of life call
this "bullshit." There are a some very fine people who are hams, and I
often wonder how they stand the others. I used to bristle at the idea of
no-code, dumbing-down of exams, and the like; now, I think they ought to
just give licenses away to anyone who asks for one and will pay the fee.
We might even hear something interesting on the air for a change...what
if we limited all newbie hams to 250w on AM & CW (no SSB or FM), 160-6,
using only all-tube rcvrs, homebrew all-tube xmtrs with rocks, and
homebrew antennas? We could have the VE's check only the *station*!
Frig the dumbed-down "tests" and dah-dits! And let's allow music
transmissions - sure would attract more interest than someone telling
everyone how brilliant they are that they can stick a power supply onto a
55-yr-old ART-13 and talk through it without frying the rig (amazing -
the rig survived the whole war in air combat, but might not make it
through field day in the hands of a present-day ham), and maybe even win
an ER award for so doing because it is "old."<groan/yawn>
And while hams are often helpful in civil emergencies, who really needs
the Amateur Radio Service anymore to serve the public interest, or the
nets to pass traffic?