What do I think of ham radio today:
a. Ham radio consists of people of various categories and qualities, from the good ones to the bad ones. The number of the bad ones could be as many as the good ones. The bad ones are
- believe they are the best people in the world of hamming
- Encourage piracies
- Using word like fuck, pig and other sinister words
- Show no respect towards experience hams with higher intellectual ability eg 9W vs Dr Ken
- boasted even though with poor or no knowledge
- start as pirates and continue with pirates lingo
- lending call sign to others
b. A big majority petitioned against CW exam. CW is a part and parcel of ham radio. ARRL, ORARI and many other radio organizations are for Morse codes because it is a feature of ham radio. Besides it is a character building of a ham to make them more organized. Usually bad character people cannot pass CW exam. In my mind those who are scarred of CW do not have positive attitudes.
c. The MCMC people had taken advise from people without knowledge and experience. These people had not been Short wave listeners and were not aware of many things. It is not surprise that the MCMC allows people it arranged to go to Indonesia to use Malaysian call sign there instead of requesting the Indonesian special call sign. The MCMC also allows someone in a war ship talking to a regular ham on the land. The allocation of call signs are confusing to the international ham community. And finally it allows non-ham using ham equipment giving them a special frequency which other nation had thought that the Malaysian authority had expanded the frequency of amateur band.
d. I believe there is some sort of corruptions going on because there are many hams who do not have even simple electronic knowledge who passed the Radio Amateur Examination. At one time it was said that someone collected money to ensure of the passes.
e. No action has ever been taken on to reported pirate stations
f. Ham Radio is now being politicized. There are occasions that the repeater was used to broadcast political event or activities run by political bodies.
g. People who committed crimes and cheat many other hams are in the ham radio.
Lately there were were talks on PRADAS, wrong SOPs, excessive used of Q-Codes and CB as well pirate terminology were brought in. New hams spoil ham radio. The sanctity and divinity of amateur radio has been washed away by new comers and new administrators. Ham radio has become just like any other radio; pirate, CB, Family Radio, commercial.
I notice one of the main problems of the new hams is that they think they are very smart and always want to show their pride of being smart. And they would organize into groups condemning other groups, want to compete with all other group even though they just became hams within one year. At the same time they would break rules after rules.
There were several occasions that subjects on illegal fund collecting were taking place here and there. The accused would create stories and asked his friends to boycott anyone who pointed out the misdeed. Though further investigation show the accusation was true it made the hams split more.
Last time ham radio operators must know English. Today it is not mandatory. Since it is an international hobby and not invented in Malaysia English is still vital. But those who could not speak English were never criticized. On the other hand there are people who condemn hard the people who speak the language. And they behave like a moron or barbarian on the air. These people use Western gadgets, dress Western and practice Western culture.
I would like to mention a little on PRADAS. It is a form of pre-marital sex or live in partner. A couple can have sex before marriage or living together as a kind of learn how to fuck before gets married. I was told that the MCMC says that piracy is a training ground to be a full pledge ham. I would called it a distorted thought in the spoil mind. The main training ground is called Short Wave Listening. SWL in fact is also an art. PRADAS is a symbol of silliness and inefficiency. It also contributes to the death of ham radio.
I appreciate those who continue to sit for CW test. I salute them. These are people with courage and positive attitude. Having failed once they made a second try and the third. These are real amateur radio enthusiasts. They fought against all odds. I pray for their success and well being.
I feel very sorry for the more educated and learned hams like doctors and lawyers. To me they jump into the wrong hobby. Yes once it was noble and respectable. It carried the flag of the nation.
29/04/2009 - One of my former students with a call sign said ,"Cikgu, Ham radio is for us to have fun...". I told him that ham radio is something can be treated as serious. It is a national reserve of a kind. During the Malaysian-Indonesian confrontation at least one known hams were taken to Singapore to help in the deciphering of enemy Morse codes. In time of war all modes of communication will be used by a nation. A nation must have enough people with Morse knowledge to intercept all the traffics and decode them.
Ham radio is also an ambassador. It broadcasts the existence of a nation and it's location. At the same it broadcasts the knowledge and culture of a country. When hams from a certain country are rude it is telling the world the nature of the people. The questions asked, the topics discuss and the way hams carry themselves can enhance or bring down the image of a country. Do you think the MCMC ever think about this ?
If you have been a ham for many years you will know which people from what nation could and could not be trusted and you can their characteristics from experiences.
30/04/2009- Many old hams blamed the MCMC for many things. Certainly the authority will fully reject any accusation. Administratively I would say that the MCMC is accountable for any wrongdoing by people using the radio. In some areas the body is also responsible in addition to accountable. There are many things that we do not agree but we have to carry them out because of our duty and our work. Read what Judge Chan said about judges and executing the laws. He mentioned that he had to hang many people who were found guilty though it is against his will.
I heard a few people said that the MCMC disregard the international convention on a few things. This will likely to happen when people in the MCMC are new to ham radio and are being advised by the very new people who think they are the smart lot. People had been mentioning name like Zol or Zul or Zu. I don't know whether such person exist.
But on the other hand the MCMC may be saying that there is nothing wrong in Malaysian Amateur Radio. Everything goes on fine. In that case there is nothing that we can do. We just wait until things explode and the politicians will throw some people out of the office.
03/05/2009 - Who owns owns amateur radio ? The MCMC does not own amateur radio. It cannot manipulate it as it likes. Neither do the plain Malaysians. We don't own it too. The MCMC administer it, arrange for exams and issue the licenses. The MCMC follows the international convention. But cavemen seem to think they owe ham radio and use it as they like and manipulate it to suit their needs. Even a radio society can say that it permits non licensees to operate ham radio on it's repeater. What a shit....
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