I have to ask myself sometimes “What is wrong with people.” A few days ago a fellow showed up on Twitter asking the question ” does the average HAM make a difference anymore?”
Well since then some others on Twitter have ask the same question. I say yes we do. We made a difference in Oklahoma City, We made a difference in and around New Orleans, and let us not
forget since today is 9/11 we made a difference in New York. Amateur Radio does make a difference on a regular basis.
After taking the time to investigate little deeper into where the initial question came from I discovered that the person that ask the question on Twitter seems to want to remain anonymous because there is no one in the state of New Jersey that is licensed in the name they use on Twitter. Then digging a little deeper I found that our friend in New Jersey didn’t have an original thought. He was responding to another HAM in California. The HAM in California happened to be running off at the mouth about Amateur Radios role in disaster communications being propaganda from the ARRL and that we don’t really do anything. This is the same guy that has numerous post over at QRZ proclaiming that most of the Amateur Radio community shouldn’t have a license because they never took a code test and that Amateur has become so bad that he didn’t see the point in doing anything other than hiding out on the low end of 40 meters where he didn’t have to deal with the no-coders. Well surprise dumbass there are extras operating code on 40 meters that never took a code test.
It appears the this is another case of another whiny old HAM that can’t deal with progress and since he is unhappy wants the rest of the world to be unhappy. I was apposed to the codeless license when it first came in and the ARRL and I don’t always see eye to eye. What I do know is that the codeless Amateur Radio license has brought a large number of top notch operators into the hobby. I know that the ARRL has kept the FCC from running over us. I also know that here locally that we were first called when Dallas county needed communications for the evacuation of folks for Gustav. We are written into the emergency communications plan for Dallas county, the City of Mesquite, and FEMA since they have some of their offices here in north Texas.
As for our friend in California. A response to one of his post ask him if he felt that way when was he going to sell his equipment and surrender his license? There has been no answer to that question. I might add if he is reading this that Amateur Radio is not dead. We still make a difference in today’s world and if you would climb out from under that bitter old rock and get involved you might be able to figure that out on your own.
Richard Bailey KB5JBV ( not afraid for people to know )
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