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Old 12-08-2018, 2:55 PM
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While I've been a radio user for many years (volunteer SAR), I'm a relatively new Ham. Got my Tech license last spring, and upgraded to General over the summer. Since joining the amateur radio world, I've lurked around several online forums. I finally opted to join RadioReference. The main reason is that this seems to be the most civil, and open place. Lots of interesting discussions on a very wide range of topics. For the most part people seem friendly, patient, and open minded.

I lurked on eHam for awhile, but that forum seems overrun with grumpy old men. Many (most?) of them can't seem to get over the fact that Morse Code is no longer a requirement. And page after page of argument about how the test is too easy now, and all new Hams are just appliance users. Also incessant grumbling about people who choose not to use their call sign as a screen name. Overall I find the signal to noise ratio to be pretty poor on eHam.

While I am getting old, I try not to be grumpy. And we can never go back to the good old days (however good or not they really were). That's why I find RadioReference to be a nicer place to hang out and follow discussions.

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Old 12-08-2018, 3:08 PM
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That's one of the main reasons I've stayed away from e-ham.
If you posted "1+1=2", someone would start an argument over there. Although the same can happen here sometimes.

I tried to use e-ham a few times a long time ago and finally gave up. Every question or discussion ended the same way.
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That's one of the main reasons I've stayed away from e-ham.
If you posted "1+1=2", someone would start an argument over there. Although the same can happen here sometimes.

I tried to use e-ham a few times a long time ago and finally gave up. Every question or discussion ended the same way.
Me, too, Sometimes I'll go there for the reviews on a particular item if I can find information elsewhere but I have been there in, um, probably a year or so.
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Eham is spot on how you put it, I am for people set in there ways, but do not demoralize a person who is interested in the hobby, I was one of the first to get a ticket with no code, and I was looked down on for that, and I stepped away from the hobby because of that reason. And let my ticket blow in the wind, and never renewed it.

Sadly it never has changed, and won't, here people are encouraging and good to others, and we self police each other, and that's why this place is awesome, I have been a member for over 17 years, and go here every day!

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I have been a member for over 17 years, and go here every day!

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You should have this site update your "Join Date".

Just sayin'....
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Well I had a name of RICCO before, and lost my password, and had a invalid email (was a old Yahoo account that's now dead) so I made this one and had it since. And I stand corrected it was 13 years not 17

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I agree. RR is the most civil and helpful (especially to new hams). Lots of holier than thou attitudes on some of the other forums for sure!!!

I mean I don't need to be reminded of the testing requirements for when you took your Advanced / Extra test 25 years ago!
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1. The moderating is on target. (Thank you mods)

2. One still needs to sort through the hash, but there are some very fine people sharing their knowledge on here.

3. The ignore user feature is wonderful, until someone quotes them in a thread hahaha.

4. All those that contribute to the database and those that admin it.
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1. The moderating is on target. (Thank you mods)

2. One still needs to sort through the hash, but there are some very fine people sharing their knowledge on here.

3. The ignore user feature is wonderful, until someone quotes them in a thread hahaha.

4. All those that contribute to the database and those that admin it.
I have to agree, including the moderating. I've had my feelings hurt by the moderators a couple of times.

There are also certain knowledgeable people whose information I've learned to take at face value and I appreciate the input and help.
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I'm not grumpy about losing the Morse requirement. However I would like to point out that 25 years ago, hearing "I refuse to upgrade until they get rid of that outdated Morse requirement!" and variations on that theme, got pretty old.
Some of the people I knew back then still haven't upgraded. 🤣
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