PROUDLY AMATEUR RADIO “The most versatile hobby on earth”
The statement “Amateur Radio – the most versatile hobby on earth”, makes you think that the person saying it is proud to make such a statement – could this be true? This is only a hobby, why be proud of Ham Radio?
Did you know that people from all walks of life can be found practicing this wonderful hobby? From the most humble to the most important you will encounter – all willing to have a conversation with you. Without reservation, you may call a king by his name and he will expect you to do just that. You don’t believe me? You should, it happens all the time. I am not going to give you an example, just take my word for it (or Google it) and you will be astonished.
You will find professors, doctors, architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians, taxi drivers, chimney sweepers, governors, kings, astronauts … ah you name it, you will find them to be Hams. No, I don’t know about Santa. Could be, who knows for sure! I do know about all these different people, all over the world, acting as if they belong to one family, which they do. It does not matter from which country you are, Hams from all over the world talk the same code language, they think alike, they do the same. They do this proudly, and most will overcome all obstacles for the sake of Amateur Radio. I do know that I am not alone in this: that, as a youngster, I had this obsession to try and understand the Morse code that I was hearing on my parents’ SW radio. I would sit for hours and listen to these – what my Dad called “Hams”- talking to each other. It was only in my teen years that I, per chance through a friend, was fortunate enough to meet a real Ham – OM Fred Pentz ZS6AWE, sadly now a silent key.
No fuss! OM Fred would demonstrate, talk and explain for hours, invite us back time and again, and in the end: yes, you bet! We wrote the exams and became real Radio Amateurs. That is not the end of the story, the OM Fred (bless him) type of chap, will, once you are “assimilated” into the family, do his utmost to see that you get your own radio; he will come over and see to it that you install your antenna correctly; he will tutor you on the correct procedures to follow. These are the people that make Amateur Radio proud. We should proudly salute these guys whilst alive; do it now, there may not be a later.
You tell me: where will you find another hobby where guys and girls- lots of them – will contribute of their own time and often financially towards their hobby and its members, for years on end, without ever complaining? Don’t dare me! Off the top of my head I could make you a long list of these people, locally and all over the world; you will find them in the Amateur Radio hobby. They are the people who will, when nobody else are prepared too, submit to be democratically elected into the club managements, into the running of the Radio League that you find in most every country. You will find them delivering lectures, giving Morse code classes, preparing and reading bulletins and other great stuff that we Hams enjoy hearing on the radio, and even readying your clubhouse for your comfort. You know what? They do all this while you and I are busy enjoying our radios and chatting away. These are the people who proudly stand up for the ordinary Ham like you and me, through the Clubs, Radio League and the Amateur Radio Union; really clever people who take on governments to protect us Hams and our great hobby. I kid you not! Think about this and believe me! Let it be known that this is a proud hobby, proudly run by proud people! Don’t withhold this truth! Shout it proudly out to the world at every opportunity.
Vic – ZS6EA