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  • Bob Bruninga
    In Baltimore we have had a 4 day Hostage crisis and the news media have had a field day. The police sealed off an entire neighborhood and no one could enter
    Message 1 of 39 , Mar 22, 2000
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      In Baltimore we have had a 4 day Hostage crisis and the news media have
      had a field day. The police sealed off an entire neighborhood and no
      one could enter or leave their homes for 4 days!

      But the two times I watched the news, both times, the reporter on the
      scene referred to how many of the families (split by the lockout) have
      been communicating via "2-way radios". In both cases, they would then pan
      the camera to a group of such family members, holding a variety of FRS
      radios. Then the reporter would ask a question over the FRS radio to the
      people locked in and they would give a "news report" from the inside over
      FRS. The families with their FRS readios seemed as proud of their toys as
      we hams are when we show our stuff. This was a lower middle class working
      neighborhood...

      My point? I guess I have two:

      1) If you plan on knowing what is going on when the public is involved,
      then you outta have an FRS radio to keep in touch with whats happenin..

      2) Dont be surprised when you show up with your HAM radio HT at the
      scene and eveyone ignores you completely. THey can talk to anyone and you
      can only talk to another ham...

      Yes, we can do it better, further, and with more professionalism... but
      we may have fewer opportunities where that makes any difference...

      "Times, they are a changin..."

      de WB4APR, Bob
    • mcarter
      thank you well spoke way to many things change without much thought on why they are like they are without regard to conciseness of the change Myron Carter,
      Message 39 of 39 , Mar 8
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        thank you
        well spoke
        way to many things change without much thought on why they are like they are
        without regard to conciseness of the change
        Myron Carter, KØJR
        myroncarterjr@...

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        On Sun, 3/8/15, k2gw@... [ScoutRadio] <ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

        Subject: [ScoutRadio] Re: Radio Merit Badge
        To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015, 11:12 AM


         









        Just to correct some misunderstandings here,
        while Q signals are not used much on VHF or FM
        communications, and especially in VHF/UHF FM ICS based
        communications, they are still extensively used on Amateur
        HF, both on CW and in the Phone and Digital modes.

        While they had their origins
        in commercial Marine Radiotelegraph, they serve an
        additional purpose besides reducing the number of characters
        needed to be sent.  They also facilitate communications
        between persons who speak different languages.
        To prove my point, quick, how do you say
        "I acknowledge your message" in Serbo-Croatian? 
        I have no idea either, but both a Serbian Ham and I
        would both understand "QSL".

        Thus they are not going away and are included
        in Radio Merit Badge as a common amateur practice.

        73
        Gary Wilson, K2GW










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