INCLUSIVE AMATEUR RADIO “The most versatile hobby on earth”
“Amateur Radio – the most versatile hobby on earth”, will surely have to be a hobby that is vibrant with different branches and facets, a hobby that will excite each and everyone: the young, old, blind, deaf, crippled, rich, poor, educated, uneducated, famous and ordinary. In fact, the more obscure and remote you find yourself to be on earth, the more you will be sought after. This is the beauty of this hobby: the further away you are hiding, the more your fellow Hams will hunt you down to bring you into the fold. You will not be able to hide – “Thou shalt never be alone or forsaken – ever”.
I can assure you of this, and more, much more. This is the only hobby that I know of that will satisfy the above mentioned statement one hundred percent! To coin a phrase from the International Amateur Radio Union: ‘Look no further, you have found the “Greatest of all Scientific Hobbies on Earth”‘. This hobby is so diverse, no one person will be able to do in one lifetime all that the hobby offers; unless of course, this lucky individual has all the financial resources and time in the world available to him. That would be paradise, heaven on earth, I am sure.
Yet, the hobby is also so simple and ordinary, that one person can, as a lot of Hams do , take one single branch of the hobby and spend a lifetime having fun just in that area. The intensity of the experimentation and the excitement with just that single specialty, could become so engrossing that one single person could get by without knowing or caring what the remainder of the crowd are doing. I don’t think there is any harm in this, however, the tendency to shoot down in flames all else that your fellow Hams are enjoying and striving for, seems to get all the more real as you become more isolated in your safe little niche of the hobby.
With all the above said, and taking into account the vastness and scope available to each of us Hams, how is it possible that there could ever be a lack of – “Live and let live” – between us? In fact every Ham now in existence on this planet, could have a fair share of the action, all at the same time, and this will not in the least have a compromising effect on this wonderful hobby. Actually, this is how it should be for Ham Radio to grow to its full potential.
Exhibiting negativity, lack of respect, rudeness, selfishness and all the other evil tendencies that go hand in hand with the above (towards any one of the multitude of other lads or lasses in our hobby that is “Doing not what I am doing”), could only harm ourselves and indeed the hobby. This hobby is too inclusive to tolerate statements like: “I have no place for these country chasers in my life – DX’ing what a farce”, “I am going to drive these contesting Jack-Asses that sour my weekends, off the air”. The best one by far that I have heard, absurd but true: “Legal limit CW, punching through, the only way to go I tell you! These poor QRP clowns, no wonder CW is going down the drain!”. We are all on the same team – lose one, lose all.
We cannot afford to shy away from inclusiveness, this hobby demands of us to go out in our hordes and shout to the world: “Come and join us! We are having the time of our lives, you don’t know what you are missing! Please come over, you will be most welcome”, and then we Hams, all of us inclusive and as one entity, should go out and live by our own welcoming.
Vic – ZS6EA