I never thought that amateur radio would be discussed in a video blogger group, but it's great to hear how it all goes hand in hand. I know any ham radio operator would freak out if they are ever compared to cb radio operators, so I have to laugh at that. I've been a ham (radio operator) for a couple years now because it runs in the family, but I always fear that it's a dying bread, so it's nice to hear younger, digital orientated, people still interested in it too!
73s KC9FNR Kev! > > Hehe yeah. I still really like Shortwave, but rarely find time for it > now. If I had to fit Ham Radio into the analogy I'd liken them to > mainstream media. It's licensed, controlled, and regulated ... where > as things like VoIP (largely) isn't. > > 73s de N9LTQ > > :-P > > On 11/21/05, Eric Rice <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > I love how ham radio gets brought into the mix. Two of us on our show are > > amateur radio > > operators, licensed and the whole nine, as are most of my friends. It's the > > most bizarre > > analogy I've ever seen yet. > > > > Unless we need licenses to blog? ;-) > > > > ER > > > > > > --- In email@example.com, David Meade <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > > > > > well I'm not sure how Ham Radio got into the mix (its different than CB) > > > ... > > > but as a Federally Licensed Short Wave Radio Operator (HAM Radio) I'll > > > chime > > > in ... :-) > > > > > > Let me first speak to the slightly OT part: Yeah HAM operators have been > > > operating a network of computers over short wave for ... well a long long > > > long long long time. Ham Radio has always been an interesting (and at > > > times > > > vital) component in emergency/disaster communications. > > > > > > ok .. now back to the topic (I think). > > > > > > I've kinda thought of it this way in my head: VoIP is to Ham Radio as > > > Vlogging is to TV. > > > > > > VoIP let people freely find/communicate with people all over the world > > > without the entry barrier (license) or technical knowledge (Radio > > > operation/code/etc) that things like Ham Radio have. > > > > > > One of the coolest things that brought young people into the hobby of Ham > > > Radio was the wonder of sitting town and being able to have a random > > > conversation and share ideas with people all over the world. It was great. > > > It required a license and to learn Morse code, and to know how radio > > > signals > > > worked, and how to tune an antenna for the right band, and all sorts of > > > things ... but it was great. > > > > > > Today ... you can do that with Yahoo Messenger. :-P > > > > > > The other amazing thing you could do with HAM Radio was stay in contact > > > anywhere ... even in your car. HAMs would set up auto-patches to route > > > Shortwave to/from land line telephones ... WHOA! > > > > > > Today ... we all have cell phones. :-P > > > > > > Understandably HAMs were somewhat concerned that their already dwindling > > > numbers might drop off all together as this new distributed and > > > unregulated > > > communication medium found its place in homes all over the world. Sure > > > there > > > was alot of noise on this 'Internet' but the shear ease of use > > > (comparably) > > > was hard to ignore. > > > > > > Mainstream media is no doubt similarly concerned that their revenue models > > > and programming formats are going to be serious problems as a new and > > > engaging form of on-demand entertainment is insisted upon by more and more > > > of the world. > > > > > > Ham Radio Operators eventually learned that things were going to change, > > > but > > > nobody was likely to go extinct. Ham Radio license requirements have > > > changes, preferred operating methods, bandwidth has been reallocated - but > > > HAMs are still around. Hams still use auto-patch at times (even though > > > they > > > have a cell phone). Hams still spend hours hunting for the perfect > > > long-range signal (even though they could just open up an international > > > VoIP > > > chat room). > > > > > > The same will happen with media I think. > > > > > > Some vloggers will move more mainstream. Some mainstream will move to be > > > more vloggish. Vloggers will have to deal with more and more show-like > > > vlogs > > > (and the expectation that will set in new potential viewers). Mainstream > > > media will have to deal with the fact that people can get unfiltered news > > > and entertainment on demand (and the expectation that will set in their > > > viewers). > > > > > > People willing to look through a bit of noise will use VoIP/Vlogging > > > scenario... the rest will find comfort in the more controlled > > > HAM/Mainstream-Media scenario :-) > > > > > > Sure there's noise in our channel ... but it wont prevent the change that > > > is > > > bound to come. > > > > > > ... I think I found the point there?? ... > > > > > > - Dave > > > > > > -- > > > http://www.DavidMeade.com > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Yahoo! Groups Links > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > -- > http://www.DavidMeade.com > ------------------------ Yahoo! Groups Sponsor --------------------~--> 1.2 million kids a year are victims of human trafficking. Stop slavery. http://us.click.yahoo.com/WpTY2A/izNLAA/yQLSAA/lBLqlB/TM --------------------------------------------------------------------~-> Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/videoblogging/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/