How’s your attitude?

Posted: September 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

As hams, we like to know that our radio, antenna and transmission lines are working properly. They help us get our signal out to where we want to be heard. There is another thing we need to check. It’s our attitude.

Yes, that rights, it’s our attitude, our mental outlook. How are we looking and communicating with others?  You can have the greatest station on earth but if you come across as mean and cranky, well no one is going to want to talk to you.

Case in point: One of our DX Club members recently sent an email to the entire club. He called the membership “A bunch of tired, SELFIISH old farts”.

Funny thing is, this particular club member is probably the crankiest member of the club. He’s often highly opinionated, condescending and terse to other members. Kind of like the pot calling the kettle black you might say.

As hams, we are all diplomats at will of this great hobby. Unless we want to have absolutely no one to talk to, we need to make friends and put our best foot forward to further enhance the enjoyment and attraction of this hobby. Name calling and general crankiness works against all that.

When I was a kid, there was a neighborhood ham with a huge stack of antennas. I so wanted to ask him about his hobby. Unfortunately, this neighbor was not approachable or friendly. He was the kind of guy that gave kids the mean and nasty look and wanted everyone to stay away from him. I wished he would have been approachable as I would have enjoyed having a ham mentor in my neighborhood. 

Nowadays, there are many cranky, sometimes angry hams out there. You hear it on the air and you see it in forum comments on the Internet.

If things are bothering you, fix what ails you!  Don’t take it out on others that enjoy the same hobby that you may have enjoyed at one time. Check your attitude so that can have fun again with your radio. 

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