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It started with a suggestion at TK and Big Kahuna's Barbecue in Nipomo, California.
Seed Is Planted
I was chatting that all Qs in the DR.R log were Morse code only and there was no way a single side band Q would ever make its way into a database of over twelve thousand contacts. Then one who has participated in a few solar cycles, taken a few trips around the block of life, witnessed the rise and fall of ham radio clubs suggested in a wizened voice, "Life is too short for Morse code."
Our elder statesmen of ham radio and there are many when one begins practicing the principle of listen, listen, listen continued illuminating the subject, "You may have one opportunity on either single side band or Morse code or both modes. Are you willing to miss a chance at logging then confirming a country that may never be heard from again at least in your lifetime?"
I thought about OUL's suggestion for several weeks after the barbecue.
The Power Of Change
He was right and, because OUL challenged my thought process, I had an insight after connecting with an operator on Swains Island from the pilot's seat in my mentor's shack.
It was another human being's unique voice propagating off a remote island in the South Pacific that connected both of us despite thousands of miles. Neither the Internet or mobile devices or text messaging could replace the tone and sound of his voice hurdling across the ocean at near the speed of light. Personally, it was that connection in time that truly illuminated the meaning of ham radio spirit at least for me.
It is the voice of ham radio that further connects us in a meaningful way with the world of which the Internet or mobile devices or even text messaging cannot replace. Perhaps, it is why, ham radio is special.
73 from the shackadelic near the beach.