Saturday, January 26, 2019

Ham radio sinks to a new low

Recent profane postings to Facebook and elsewhere from the team intending to activate Bouvet have caught a good many DXers off-guard.

Gentlemanly conduct is most likely a quaint thing of the past as certain individuals in our hobby now mimic the behavior of politicians, "news" media and, sadly, society in general. We all decline together...

A few days ago, the Rebel DX Group (3Y0I) posted a message to their Facebook page, allegedly in response to efforts by unnamed individuals who are trying to sabotage and undermine the efforts of the 3Y0I team attempting to activate Bouvet.

If true, the posting, made in anger, is understandable to a certain degree - large amounts of money are on the line, not to mention the human element.

Yesterday morning I wrote a few sentences to eHam's DX Forum to that effect, defending Dom 3Z9DX and Team, for a Facebook posting that I thought had been made in a moment of (quite understandable) anger.

I now regret that defense.

Today a new FAQ page was posted (here) and the lack of respect to the DX community is now more direct:

This comment has now been deleted by the "team".

As much as I hate to denigrate our 11m cousins, it almost seems like something more likely to be read on a CB forum.

The Rebel DX Group seems to be going to lengths to sound tough, manly and all that juvenile crap - I'm embarrassed for them. Grow up, guys, and stand up on your hind legs.
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9 comments:

  1. Very disappointing behavior on all sides.

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    1. Yes, I'm sure it can't be good for fund raising or DQRM suppression.

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  2. Well John, you probabely did read N0UN's blog in the past. I've noticed that his blog is off air and the URL is pointing to the rebel DX group. Since he used the same language on his blog I guess he's the webmaster and editor. I don't think he's a bad guy but the way he writes is shocking for those that call themselves civilized. Personally I know more of these "different" people, to the outside it looks like they don't care. But they do....call it childish. I don't care about anyone using abusive language personally. If they like to do it, well I guess it makes them happy ;-). Some people take this radio hobby way too serious. 73, Bas

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    1. I agree 100% Bas. I don't mind profanity in its proper venue but to address the ham community and insult them in that way shows a lack of class. Yes, I did read N0UN's blog for the first time about 6 months ago and quickly discovered why no one links to him - pics of him in the gym and his biker buddies. All that and the psuedo-macho writing style...where's Freud when we need him - there's some interesting stuff going on there!

      Am I on 3Y0I's blacklist yet?! No worries.

      73,
      John AE5X

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  3. Hmmmm....Methinks we know of at least ONE station that's NOT going to be getting as many calls on-air as they probably hoped.

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    1. As with many "spokesmen" I don't think this one speaks for the entire team in terms of attitude and mannerisms. Most of the guys at the mic/key just want to be there to work the business end of a pile-up. I don't think we should attribute the recent utterings as if they come from each individual team member.

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  4. It is so sad to see this sort of thing happen as it erodes the integrity of a high-stakes, high-dollar expedition. Integrity is everything to a DXpedition. No doubt, this will have a direct impact on the number of their individual donors.

    Plus, having these things float around publicly on the Internet is akin to the same feeling you get when showing a newly-minted ham the amazing world of HF and landing on a group of old guys on 80M talking politics and cursing.

    Just smarts.

    -Thomas K4SWL

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    1. Hi Thomas,

      Then again, other donors may pitch in more to offset that potential loss.

      One other factor is that, with all the tough talk, the 3Y0I team is now honor-bound to activate Bouvet regardless of weather, high seas or any other issues; it's hard to "walk back" after all this showmanship and say "We're really bad-ass men....but the wind was really blowing hard so we had to cancel for now. But we'll be back, dammit!"

      All the bragging they are now required own up to might lead them to take risks they might otherwise not feel compelled to take. I hope not.

      73 - John

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