Ham Neutrality

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I often see discussions, (a.k.a rants) on the Internet which fall under the theme of ‘It’s Not Ham…’.

I figure its time to proclaim my position on the subject…

For the Ranters

  • Don’t take yourselves so seriously ‐ lighten up! What you seem to be proclaiming is that the victim of your rant has no right to free will and no right to not have yet discovered your favorite mode!
  • If the Ham is enjoying himself/herself, that, in itself, is reason enough to get off their backs. Enjoyment is at the top of the list of why people invest themselves in a hobby. If their chosen mode is really annoying you that much, give them some slack ‐ if they enjoy that mode, they are going to be excited enough about the hobby to eventually want to explore what else Amateur Radio has to offer (i.e. eventually get around to your favorite mode!)
  • Sit back a moment and be thankful for a hobby that has so much (read that as modes) to offer! There is something here for everyone!

What if Marconi was told that letter writing was the only real mode for long distance communication? You’d have one less thing to rant about, wouldn’t you?

For the Rant Victims

  • Illegitimi non carborundum!
  • If you think you are a victim, then you are.
  • Ranters are gonna rant ‐ they are everywhere – I’m a programmer by profession and the programmer’s world is chock full of ranters!
  • Don‘t take yourselves so seriously ‐ lighten up!
  • Ranters rant because they are self-centered critters, usually seeking a moment of attention. If what they are saying upsets you so much, quit reading the thread!
  • Read between the ranter’s lines, what is their favorite mode? Have you given it a try? Maybe it really is the best thing since sliced bread!
  • Ask yourself, ‘Am I having fun?’ If the answer is a resounding ‘yes’, then you are a real Ham!

Allow yourself to enjoy the hobby! Ignore the ignorant, you’re not going to change them.

Radio Amateur’s Creed

The Radio Amateur is:

Considerate… never knowingly uses the air in such a way to lesson the pleasure of others.

Loyal… offers loyalty, encouragement and support to their fellow radio amateurs, their local radio club, and to the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio is represented.

Progressive… with knowledge abreast of science. It is well-built and efficient. Operating practice is above reproach.

Friendly… slow and patient sending when requested, friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are marks of the amateur spirit.

Balanced… radio is their hobby. They never allow it to interfere with any of the duties they owe to their home, job, church, school, or community.

Patriotic… their knowledge and their station are always ready for the service of their country and their community.

The Amateur Creed was composed in 1928 by Paul M. Segal – then 9EEA in Denver, and General Counsel of the ARRL. The creed has been updated a few times over the intervening years, to update the text and put it into contemporary terms.

The Amateur’s Creed appears in a number of ARRL publications such as the Handbook, and is just as valid today as it has been for nearly 70 years.