On the air this morning..
kb7wsd at gmail.com
Wed May 7 12:25:18 PDT 2014
Charlie Mike as it was used on the repeater is actually more likely the
bastard child idea (or maybe I'll calli it what I think it is: One of the
more moronic things to come out of amateur radio) of some emcomm folks who
thought the RST system wasn't specific enough and took a wireline/telecom
term from the 60's abused it like a blow up doll and called it a superior
way to describe the quality of a rf based communication (instead of using
RST which everyone knows.)
The result? Much like the Jakovasaurs of Southpark fame we get something
broken, annoying, and ill suited to the claimed (or indeed any) purpose,
but staunchly supported by morons that want to be on the leading edge of
everything new (because it MUST be better.)
The system is called the Circuit Merit system:
is based on some 'standards' that are identical to the Bell system
standards for technicians rating ling distance wire circuits. Charlie Mike
5 is translated to one of two things: "Full quieting into an FM repeater"
or "I'm a sad and lonely person and amateur radio is one way I try to feel
both important and normal, but exercising independent thought isn't among
my strong suits so I go with what seems cool."
I'm not sure if anyone gets the sense that I think this is both stupid and
adds to confusion on the air so I thought I'd make it clear... plain
language or noting at all!
On Wed, May 7, 2014 at 12:01 PM, John D. Hays <john at hays.org> wrote:
> "Charlie Mike" seems to be infiltrating the EmComm cadre -- comes from
> military background. (Continue Mission)
> John D. Hays
> PO Box 1223, Edmonds, WA 98020-1223
> On Wed, May 7, 2014 at 11:59 AM, Grant Hopper <kb7wsd at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Bill thanks for the multiple laughs!!!
> > Sadly (but only a tiny bit, it reminds me why I tend to avoid repeaters
> > now....
> > Grant
> > KB7WSD
> > On Wed, May 7, 2014 at 10:41 AM, Jeff Francis™ <jfrancis at gmail.com>
> >> You know, I have a really nice 2m/70cm rig in my truck that's never
> >> on a repeater. Only does APRS. In fact, other than Boy Scout events
> >> one time about a year ago to specifically talk to a specific person), I
> >> haven't been on a repeater in over eleven years. Much more
> >> to get on 144.200 USB.
> >> Besides, I have 100+ repeaters programmed into the radio, and a random
> >> scan in the middle of the day shows activity on *maybe* one of them.
> >> never in the truck during commuting time, maybe they're busier then.
> >> Jeff N0GQ
> >> On Wed, May 7, 2014 at 10:31 AM, Bill Vodall <wa7nwp at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>> Some interesting expressions overheard on the air this morning during
> >>> the drive to work:
> >>> During a Ham net: "What's your 10-20?"
> >>> "This is the 129th day of the year - make it count!"
> >>> And if the 10-20 wasn't fun enough, "you've got a great signal into
> >>> the repeater - you're Charlie Mike 5 for sure."
> >>> >
> >>> Ah for the good old days when there was actually time to talk on the
> >>> radio and participate....
> >>> Bill, WA7NWP
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