||[Jun. 25th, 2009|01:26 pm]
Hello friends. Just for the matter of fun I would like to ask your opinion on one subject. |
We have a big amount of brunches in our hobby. Some interested in HF, some in VHF, some satellites, some APRS, some just digital mode etc. etc. In one of Russian forums I mentioned that I like talking to real people, to learn their life style, hear the fun stories from faraway. I said I prefer to call CQ DX because it is the only way to get a proper conversation with DX stations. Otherwise it is just –“59, NEXT!” I tried to explain them that kind of activity is even more challenging than chasing country spotted in the cluster. I gave an example of fishing in artificially made lake with artificially grown fish (spotted in cluster you know who and where), and fishing in the wild (calling CQ you never know what comes up and how weak going to be the signal). I had fantastic time trying to get call signs out of the noise level of stations using simple antennas. With that they were from the countries that I long had confirmed. Often I have rear DX stopping by and saying something like: “I am so tiered from those pile ups. I’m really happy that I can finally just talk”.
Do you know what kind of replay I got on the forum?
“You are not a real HAM” “Go to skype to ragchew” “Real HAMs never CQ” “Radio waves not for chatting” “You only occupy the frequency that real HAMs could properly use” “Because of those like you DX spend time that could be use in the pile up”.
I did not get a single person to support me. So the question is - is it really so? I and those who stop by on my freq are out of the Hobby? One guy said that if I do not have a real goal (DXCC, IOTA, WAS etc.) I should not be switching the radio on transmit at all. I said that it is like forcing a man going for a walk to walk to a certain place. If not - sit home!
Is it really the attitude all over the world? Or is it just Russian habit from the days of iron curtain?