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Apr 15, 2010

HAM RADIO - THE OLD PEOPLES TWITTER

 
 
 We were talking at coffee the other day about ham radios when one of the "younger" people asked what they were. We tried explaining the whole thing. How in the "olden days" they even asked if you had a ham radio in your house as one of the census questions.  That you could make one from a kit.

We told him that you could tell the houses that had them because of the tall antennas on the roof. You could tell if they had them in their cars by their license plates that are different. He still had a look on his face of puzzlement. Why would someone have one? What for.

We discussed how they could talk to people all over the world. Blank stare. Crickets chirping.

Finally I said that it is Twitter for old school people. Ah yes, something he could understand. They are using a box of some sort filled with electronics to talk to people from other places.

What a great idea. Maybe we could call it something else...like a computer.


9 comments:

My Grama's Soul said...

Hi Lori...I know....times, they are a changin'. So many things are becoming obsolete to the younger generation. They don't know what they missed:

Jo

Mrs. D said...

I guess they ARE like twitter for old people! But I'll stick with twitter, lol.

Linda Cummings, B.A., G.D.B.A., M.A. said...

It never ceases to amaze me that though we push human and technological innovation further and further, the real purpose behind the innovation stays largely the same.
The human condition - mother of invention ;)

Ali said...

That's one hilarious tagline Lori; Twitter for old people! Ham still exists, which says a lot, despite the cyber age.

MiMi said...

That's an awesome correlation!

Gail said...

Funny you should mention Ham radios. That is the only communication that will continue to work in a communication blitz. A good thing to have.

Jane said...

hahah Twitter for old people! Love it! One of my uncles used to be big into ham radio. Oh & Penthouse. My brothers used to love going to see him to look at the ham radio set up. Yeah sure whatever! hahah

Kathleen said...

Oh tell him to go put a record on the Victrola and ask Mr. Wizard, LOL!

Matt Graves said...

I've thought about getting into ham radio. Think about things like Hurricane Katrina where all the technology was down including the cell phones if my memory serves me. At least according to the "hams" I've heard (mostly on the WeatherBrains podcast), these radios would still work in a big emergency whereas the newer technology might fail. So it's not something to totally dismiss as a relic of the past.

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