Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Facebook chuckle

When I see something like this, whether it be on Facebook, Twitter or some other social media platform, I just have to smile to myself.

The guys gets 26 comments. mostly from Amateur Radio operators who understand propagation, how it works and that QRP doesn't necessarily mean "weak signal".

So what does he do?

He turns off commenting for the post.

Kind of like throwing a smoke bomb into a room, yelling "fire" and then running away. I wonder what he was thinking?

I think the internet definition of a person like this is "troll".

He'd be much better served by doing a little research, maybe get to know what he's bashing and then seeing if his preconceived ideas actually hold water. This is the same reason why I won't jump on the FT8 bashing bandwagon. Even though it's not my cup of tea - there's a ton of folks out there who seem to enjoy it and get a kick out of it. Just because it doesn't tickle my fancy and I don't see the big attraction - I'm not about to put them down or tell them they shouldn't be having fun doing what they're doing.

Amateur Radio is a big enough tent under which we can all have fun.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!


  1. Hi Larry, I feel sorry for the guys who run 1 kW or more. I just like to dig out weak signals out of the noise on 14060 kHz. It's fun. 73 Paul PAØK

  2. Thankfully, the longer we're exposed to poorly-considered comment like this, the more learning to ignore it kicks in. I leave groups as quickly as I join them these days. There is generally little to learn from the kinds of people who populate these groups.

    The point that these opinions fail to grasp is the benefits conferred by the types of mode in use. When, say, a 200mW WSPR signal gives you the effective reach of a 1kW SSB voice signal, then one would have to be a bit dim to deny the advantage. That, and the fact that with these modes, expensive, visually intrusive and high-maintenance equipment like towers, beams and amplifiers become essentially redundant. After all, if we denied the benefits of advancing technology, we'd still be using 1910s Marconi-style 1100m-long inverted-L antennas, 200kW, and spark generators, just to make it across the globe.

  3. Very well said Larry!

  4. From experience it seems QRP radios HEAR better too :) High power kills the fun part of ham radio. "Armchair copy" is for high fedility enthusiasts!