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Never say never

May 23rd 2018, 11:44

W0DBB

Joined: Nov 29th 2017, 18:15
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Hi all-

Something (sadly) that I've noticed when perusing various amateur radio webpages is many times hams reply to a technical question with, "never works" or "don't do it. Its a waste of time."

I am sure nothing mean is meant by these comments and sometimes a "don't do it..." keeps a ham from damaging equipment or their own person!

However; if it comes to questions especially about how a certain antenna will work, I see, many times, "It won't work" or "You won't be able to DX with xxx antenna."

Antenna design, heigth, direction and power are based on soooo many variables, the best answer from 40+ year practicing hams is, "It might work but if you CAN try this results might be better..."

All I'm asking is when it comes to amateur radio, there are few things that are encased in rock so why insist they are?

73,
Be safe!
w0dbb
May 23rd 2018, 11:54

W0DBB

Joined: Nov 29th 2017, 18:15
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Total Posts: 0
I just realized I mis-stated the comment about 40+ hams lol.

What I meant was most old timers avoid being concrete in their replies to tech questions. I am blessed with being surronded by old timers who suggest versus telling.

73,
w0dbb

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