Gareth's Downstairs Computer
2017-06-08 17:07:34 UTC
How sad it is when even those of us who pride ourselves
on being _REAL_ radio amateurs (proper written RAE, 12 WPM Morse)
feel unable to salvage much from today's electronic scrap.
I'm talking of the ADSL router which I'd just binned, and
the 0102 SMD resistors, smaller than even the finest soldering
iron point available here.
However, getting a new one brings the latest technology including
WiFi on both 2G4Hz & 5GHz.
This raises the question as to whether we as a genre of
technical enthusiasts should retain all the bands that we
now have. At one time it was only the squadderies, plodderies
and we radio amateurs who had sophisticated electronics,
but now it is available to everyman with his 2G / 3G / 4G & 5G
Most amateur operation these daus seems to be with one black
box or another and differences between operating on differing bands
disappear, making it unnecessary to have so many bands. For
example, 70cm & 23 cm could be dispensed with, with no
discernable difference between the QSOing on those bands
and QSOing on 50MHz and 144MHz.
THis is an inevitable result of the dumbing down exemplified
by the Fools' Licence in Brit; a licence targetted at the 5-year-old