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Deliberate QRM (DQRM)

I listened to several of YF3BPL’s “CQ DX” attempts (without luck) this morning on 7.150 so I figured I’d give him a call to let him know he was being heard well in Colorado.

Then as we made the QSO, a bunch of idiots came out of the woodwork to intentionally QRM me working Rokhim and then his Indonesian friends.

Here’s part of the recording:


Funny, (except for one guy) – nobody else signed with their callsigns after they tried to destroy our QSO’s.  They were more interested in telling the world they get 1,750 watts out and 1,550 on 10 Meters.  I listened to them carry on for well over 15 minutes after I signed.  That’s OK though as I’ve heard these clowns before – I’ll update this post as I figure out their callsigns.

Then again, maybe those southern fella’s (loosely) went to look for their tooth, or to see if their dummy load antennas were plugged in and just plain forgot to sign?

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  1. les says

    I hate to be the one to cast a stone but in 38yrs if ham radio, I have saw more of that kind of behavior since the license requirement changed.
    It is very annoying and unprofessionally renowned on 40 and 80.

  2. Ben says

    Lets don’t minimize these DQRM assholes. They’re potential shooters in a school of little kids! What other possibility could there be? They’re potential home grown ISIS. If you run into one and accuse him of the above he’ll quit. Even he looks into the mirror & becomes ashamed of himself!

  3. NY7Q says


    • les says

      Come on back my friend, united we stand! Maybe the CBer mentality will eventuality burn out. I hear them all time using the lingo on 40 and 80m. However I refuse to yield.
      Just say your taking a vacation then come on back we need you friend. 73s

  4. Bill Goswick says

    Dumbing Down the Amateur Radio License Classes

    Nothing worth doing is easy. The trend in just about everything today, not limited to amateur radio, seems to be “You have to lower your standards for me because it’s too much effort for me to meet them.” And so we go, lower, lower, and lower (Tom Althoff, K2TA). In 2000 the FCC (with the backing of the ARRL) eliminated the Advanced class, Novice class and Technician Plus class licenses, and set the Morse code requirement at a mere 5 words per minute for all license classes, without ever providing an adequate explanation of why they thought that drastic step was necessary. A sad day, indeed. Thousands of amateurs submitted heartfelt comments against the proposal, but it was implemented anyway. Amazingly, even that was not enough for the FCC, which, in its infinite wisdom (again with the backing of the ARRL), decided to eliminate the Morse code requirement completely for all amateur radio licenses on 15 December 2006, again, without providing an adequate explanation justifying the need for such a drastic change.

    Logically (I know, using the word ‘logic’ in reference to a governmental entity is oxymoronic), the Amateur Extra class license should have been reduced to an Advanced class license when the Morse code requirement was changed to 5 WPM, and if not then, for sure when the Morse code requirement was dropped completely, in the interest of fairness, and to reflect the substantial reduction in requirements for obtaining the so-called “Amateur Extra Class license.” It is absolutely ridiculous that amateurs can (since 15 December 2006) obtain a so-called “Amateur Extra class license” without demonstrating Morse code proficiency of any kind, while thousands of amateurs (myself included) were required to pass a 20 word per minute Morse code receiving test in addition to the radio theory and regulations portion of the exam to obtain their Amateur Extra class licenses (and we didn’t have “question pools” providing the test answers for us to memorize back then either). It remains to this day absolutely amazing that such an ill-conceived and illogical plan was ever proposed, let alone implemented. Here’s a proposal for the FCC – how about changing the designation for all Extra Class licensees who obtained those licenses prior to 15 April 2000 to an “Extra Plus” license designation to recognize the substantial difference in the level of difficulty for obtaining the license compared to the significantly reduced requirements after that date?

    Of course, eliminating the code part of the exam wasn’t the end of the dumbing down process implemented by the FCC with the full backing of the ARRL. For the past several years, amateur license test question pools have been made available, allowing young kids and other people who are too lazy to actually learn and understand the material covered in the amateur radio license examinations, to just memorize most of the answers to the 500 questions in the test pool for a specific license. Did the FCC and the ARRL ever stop to consider what the long-range consequences of the substantial dumbing down process would be? Apparently not, or if they did, they didn’t care. Have you noticed the substantial increase in rude, obnoxious and deliberate interference behavior over the years? I certainly have. Of course, we can blame part of that on changing values and morals in society, but we can also atttribute a large part of the blame on the ARRL’s and FCC’s dumbing down process regarding amateur radio licensing. A license earned with minimal investment of time, energy, determination and study will not tend be highly valued by the recipient. Obviously, the threat of losing that license if caught engaging in prohibited behavior, carries significantly less impact.

    I understand that amateur radio has to attract new members to survive, and we are competing with other attractions including computers and social media. We probably do need to have an entry-level license that is easily obtainable. But why in the world do the higher-level licenses need to be just as easy to obtain? Logically, the General and Extra class licenses should be significantly more difficult to obtain than the entry-level license for amateur radio. If that were the case, then license recipients would very likely tend to value the license more and be less likely to engage in behavior that could result in the loss of that license. To compound the problem, in the era that the FCC substantially reduced amateur radio licensing requirements, they simultaneously reduced their emphasis on enforcement, including significantly reducing their number of enforcement personnel.

    I am marginally OK with the entry-level license being fairly easy to obtain, however, I strongly feel that the two higher level licenses should have a significantly higher level of difficulty. Specifically, the test question pools should be eliminated for the General and Extra Class licenses, and a twenty word per minute Morse code exam reinstated for the Extra Class license. In the words of Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, “We should expect more from General and Extra Class licensees.” I know it will probably never happen, but if the FCC is really interested in addressing some of the serious problems impacting amateur radio at this time, they should consider it. The direction the FCC has taken over the past sixteen years certainly hasn’t been highly successful in that regard.

    Bill Goswick, K5WG

    • Ben says

      FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: If those ‘holier than thou’ ARRL hierarchy felt the pressure of a serious loss of membership, they might begin to listen to their members! Please consider what was their real goal in pushing to reduce the license requirements? See what the result is. More members, meaning more dollars for them. Do you recall as a member being asked if you were in favor of dumbing down requirements? Have you any experience seeking assistance from any of those aforementioned hierarchy? Try it sometime !

  5. chip says

    The stupidity that has become SSB with those former CBers is the main reason I now operate 95% CW…..

    • Ben says

      I don’t agree they are CB’ers. That thought kinda justifies their presence. Seems to say why they’re there. They are PIRATES. Call them like they really are. Thing is, I’ve found that if you talk to them in their own street language they listen and some even look in their own mirror. Yes, I know that language is illegal, but if you’re willing to risk it, some of them hear & listen, and yes, even quit the bullshit! I’ve seen it quit many times(as a result) while we as a group then resume our qso. Tell me: has the League done any writing on the problem or made any effort toward alleviating it? They bury their heads in the sand. Always have.

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