2004-08-05

why amateur radio sucks

Imagine if all telephone conversations went something like this:

Joe: Hello? Anyone out there? Anyone at all? I’m willing to talk to absolutely anyone!

Bob: Hi there Joe! I can kinda hear you… I’m in Toejam, WV, and I’ve got a model AB123 rotary telephone with Bakelite trim that I added myself, and the weather’s nice!

Joe: Oh, wow, hi Bob, one of those AB123s, eh? Those are nice old phones, I’ve got a brand new Verizon cell phone, and the weather’s pretty nice here too.

Bob: Well, great, nice talkin’ to you!

Joe: You too.

Joe: Anyone out there? Hello? Anyone?

[repeat nearly identical conversation several hundred times, win award for doing so]