More silly things heard on the radio

This is a follow-on post to my recent post “Weird things heard on the radio“. If this keeps up, perhaps I’ll make this a series, though I’m not sure that “weird” is quite the right word. Silly is more like it, and I’ve adjusted the title of this post accordingly.

As I write this at about 18:30 GMT on 23 April,  I am attempting to work 9M2TO from West Malasia on 17m phone. He’s got a good-sized pileup and of course, there’s the usual guys who can’t figure out how to turn their VFO to tune up their amplifier off the frequency. For non-hams who might be reading, this sounds like a high-pitched squeal on the frequency, and is pretty annoying. Aside from it being rude, it’s in violation of FCC rules against intentionally interfering with ongoing transmissions. (I’m sure that it’s against the rules for amateur radio operators in any country, of course.) That’s not the silly part, that’s the annoying part.

Here’s the silly part: As usual, the DX Cops are present, and one of them said the following: “Hey, don’t tune up on the frequency”. Some of you will immediately know why this is silly, but I’ll elaborate: Under normal circumstances, when you are transmitting you are not receiving. Aside from the fact that the guy who was tuning up likely doesn’t care what anyone else thinks, he’s not going to hear the guy yelling at him. All it does to yell is to add to the noise, which is as bad as the guy tuning up.

David Kozinn, K2DBK, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “More silly things heard on the radio”

  • Ernest Gregoire, AA1IK:

    Good article! I hear a lot of ‘Forest Gump’ statements on the air.
    (“Stupid is as stupid does,” Forest Gump.)

    Saying HI HI for laughter on a voice mode fits this model well too!

    Absolutely the worst bunch of operators for this kind of thing are hams who are also volunteer fireman, “Be advised that, —fill in the blank—, which is usually followed by “And also be advised that————–”

    Listening to this stuff is like listening to someone dragging their fingernails down a black board. Just say what you have to say, never mind the ‘Be advised that’ stuff!

  • kj4ziz:

    Yep pretty funny. But not good practice from the supposed professional
    hams…Mabey that is why they call hams Amature Radio operators…Hi Hi.

  • Matt W1MST:

    Another one you hear on the public safety bands, at least here in northern New England, is “at this time.” As in, “we’ll be out at the fire scene at this time.” Like with ham radio, everything develops its own unique and often peculiar vernacular.

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