The title might suggest an anti-amateur radio stance, but that’s far from what I mean. There are certain places on the ham bands that seem to be the exact opposite of what the hobby is all about, though. One of these is 3840.00kHz, lower sideband. While there are some good conversations and ragchew, once in a while, there is also a lot of crap.
Here’s a sample from October 8, 2016 (NSFW):
A lot of the things that I hear on this frequency (luckily, it seems to be mostly limited to this frequency) are reminiscent of the way some people on CB radio used to be, back in the 1970’s and early 80’s. On 3840 kHz, it seems like nobody obeys the rules of amateur radio. Almost nobody identifies themselves… especially any “troublemakers”.
Definitely gives a bad name to ham radio, and everybody that plays by the rules. This is not how most amateur radio operators act, though.
Here’s another sample from the same night (again NSFW):
Do you have any other examples of people giving ham radio a bad name?