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Hey older hammies, what's with the attitude???

Discussion in 'General Ham Radio Discussion' started by loosecannon, Dec 29, 2018.

  1. Tallman

    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    I have been a CB'er for fifty years and a ham for only five. My cb radios out number my ham radios eight to one. I won't give up CB because road conditions and traffic. I don't know of any ham frequencies where that information is available.

     

  2. 543_Dallas

    543_Dallas Sr. Member

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    That's true. I don't use CB for anything remotely important but I won't be giving it up any time soon. I use the amateur bands more often because thats where I can find people.11m is dead around here.
     
  3. jon666

    jon666 Sr. Member

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    they dont want to communicate. if your not in there click.
     
  4. kopcicle

    kopcicle Sr. Member

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    I don't come across that way
    I avoid social engagements
    Other than teaching and exam sessions I don't attend meetings.
    I'm 61
    I wouldn't know , any club that would have me for a member I wouldn't want to belong to.
     
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  6. wavrider

    wavrider W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Same here with a twist.

    Attended a local "club meeting"
    I took a friend of mine blind ham who was a member of this same club 15 years earlier.

    One member remembered my blind friend and acknowledged him, the rest ignored both of us.

    We went with intent to join the club and pay annual dues.
    We were never invited to join or even felt like we were welcome at the "public meeting".

    As CK said assholes everywhere, move on.
     
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  7. hillbilly101

    hillbilly101 KE8GGC

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    I took my Technician test at a local club...last guy to show up, they were packing it in. I had worked that day, and thought they were gonna be there longer. They hauled all of the testing materials back out and said please sit down, and get comfortable.. As a part of passing that exam, they gave me a free 1 yr membership to the club. I never went back to the club until 11 months later when I got a club renewal notice...I thought "what the heck" and went to the next meeting... They welcomed me, and 2 of the guys even remembered me from taking the exam. I'm still a member. There are "clicks" no doubt, but the majority of Amateur Radio operators are good people. Maybe slow to warm up to new people....but if you show up more often, they usually come around. Just my experience.
     
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  8. Hurricane145

    Hurricane145 Active Member

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    I have been a ham for almost 50 years now. I was on CB a lot for about two years before that.
    I really enjoyed going to CB breaks (breakfast breaks) a handful of the locals had back then on Saturday mornings.Same with a group of hams in more recent years.
    We used to have repeater group meetings that were fun and interesting years ago.

    I have only been to a few formal ham radio club meetings and they were a drag so I quit going many years ago. Informal get togethers were always much more fun.
     
  9. Tallman

    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    One cb group had keggers and I went to just one. The individual who was obnoxious on the air was far worse in person.
     
  10. undertaker

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    Join the masonic lodge if you dont want to be shunned we are all brothers. We all have to do the same degrees since the beginning of time...Just sayin
     
  11. 543_Dallas

    543_Dallas Sr. Member

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    The guys from 7200 should throw a kegger. I'd love to see that on the 10 o'clock news.
     
  12. 338_MtRushmore

    338_MtRushmore Sr. Member

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    I tested through a club, and got an email wanting money for repeater upgrades a short time later. That letter really put me off in a bad way. I guess i could understand sending this to members, but it seems a little demanding for a new kid. If anyone has time to read it and let me know if I'm out of line, I'd appreciate it.
     

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  13. 543_Dallas

    543_Dallas Sr. Member

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    I stay ahead of the repeater donation guilt. A guy that takes care of the local repeaters always asks me why I don't to use them. I tell him I don't feel right about using their machines since I don't help with maintenance or operating cost. It doesn't seem right to me.
     
  14. 338_MtRushmore

    338_MtRushmore Sr. Member

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    I'm fine with helping with costs, but what the heck are the costs? $3000? $30000? Don't be scolding me for a "generous donation" without telling me what is needed. If I can't transmit on your repeater without sending you a thousand dollars a month, why would I want to be part of your club? It's like they have zero people skills.

    For the record, this club is at a different qth from the other club I have talked about. The other club members have almost scolded me for not using their repeater.
     
  15. Blackcat630

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    I understand that repeater systems don't operate with zero maintenance. They do need occasional upgrades. To me it seemed like if the letter was worded better it might not come across so demanding and might be more effective. The use of "generous donation" was a bit redundant. Maybe something like "give as little or as much as you can. Any and all donations, regardless of the amount, would be greatly appreciated."
     
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