This is starting to sound like a broken record.
I turned on my rig this morning, and in a matter of two minutes I heard some typical Ham Radio craziness. First of all I heard a guy calling, "CQ 10 Meters", I turned the dial. Then seconds later on 14.224 I heard a station lecturing the Extra Class operator on 14.224 that he was too close to the band edge for Generals. He told the CQing station that since he was calling CQ only one kHz away from the General portion of the band that he was enticing and inviting Generals to answer his CQ call. In fact, he went on to say that the last two people he worked were out-of-band Generals. The CQing station replied that he was run off of 14.227 by a net that came up so he moved down three kHz to a clear spot, but if his CQ was offending anybody and in keeping with "Ham Spirit" he'd move again. I couldn't for the life of me figure out why he should move at all, but in me also keeping with this thing called "Ham Spirit", I turned the dial - again. I turned the dial straight into this Ham:
Are you kidding me? Squawking on 20 Meters? "And we're standing by" (you got a mouse in your pocket?). Oh Boy, all this fun in a manner of minutes!
An hour later even more craziness. I'm scanning the band and ran across an old neighbor and good friend of mine on 14.238.5. While listening to his conversation with another Ham, they commented that they've been talking on that frequency for an hour and a half but people keep encroaching from above and below on them. Well, I wanted to say hello to my old friend, so I waited for Bryan to clear his QSO with Claude. When Claude went to answer his ringing phone, I flipped the VOX on and called my friend Bryan. It wasn't but a few minutes later the offending QRMer .5 (yep, 0.5) kHz below came up and insisted on breaking our QSO to demand that we move up a couple kHz as we were QRMing them. At first I ignored the breaking station. But he was persistent. Finally I stated, "I'm talking to an old friend and you keep breaking - what is your emergency?" Well, he didn't like the fact of being ignored, and he didn't like the tone of my voice (I guess), and he didn't like I ran straight over him while he was babbling to talk to my friend Bryan. He wanted us to move up 2 kHz as to not QRM their conversation (that was QRMing us). Imagine that! In between VOX breaks I could hear him state that in keeping with Ham Spirit we should move up. There's that pesky "Ham Spirit" again. Just like a little hammer on my funny bone. After what happened earlier this morning, I was tired of Ham Spirit. I wanted to talk to my friend I haven't talked to in years and we had every right to converse as the frequency was his for damn near two hours. I thought to myself, "phooey on Ham Spirit". I keyed up and flatly refused his request to move. I also told the breaking station to, "go away". It took awhile, but Mr. QRMer man finally shut his pie hole and Bryan and I were able to continue our conversation.
All these examples of craziness beg the question, "how did we get to HERE"? How did Ham Radio get to somebody QRMing a frequency that wasn't theirs. How did we get to "squawking" on 20 Meters (really, WTF is squawking anyway?)? How did we get to, "instead of a General Class station knowing their limitations, we should move because we're enticing them"? How did we get to this thing called, "Ham Spirit" and "turn the dial"?
And the biggest question of them all, "how do we fix it"?
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