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[aprssig] Re: D-STAR video on YouTube

Mark Fellhauer sparkfel at qwest.net
Mon Sep 24 03:36:17 UTC 2007

At 04:06 PM 9/23/2007, Scott Miller wrote:

>I suppose the honest answer now is that a large number of people wouldn't 
>care at all, because they're just appliance operators anyway - but can you 
>imagine how this sort of thing would have been received back when a good 
>portion of the ham population DID build their own radios? And when you 
>were expected to have a working knowledge of the theory behind their operation?

Times change.

35 years ago the majority of clothes in the United States were hand sewn at 
home.    People used to stuff their own sausages.   I grew up in a town on 
I-75 (of all places) that had no fast food restaurants - not even on the 
freeway exits.   Full service gas stations were on every corner.   Pizza 
used to taste good, now it's a piece of cardboard and slime you buy at 
Costco.   I remember going to the Heathkit store...and people used to 
repair toasters.

What's your point?

Imagine trying to build an HT with similar packaging and feature sets as 
what you can buy today.  It's about as practical as asking your 
wife/daughter/girlfriend to sew you a new shirt.


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