Being Technically Right Does Matter – Dealing with Incorrect Amateur Radio Emotionalism 23 - September - 2009Posted by k9zw in Amateur Radio, K9ZW, K9ZW Just Rambled.
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Specially in the Club Setting, how many of use have had to deal with “I feel” and other emotional rational masquerading as Technical Decision Making?
We once even had a (now ex-)Board Member go off on an adult tantrum with an “I don’t care what …. because I FEEL that it is …..” Needless to say he has found a different hobby where emotionalism is a valued attribute.
Recently we had heated email discussions whether virtually every antenna in the club shack had somehow become out of band. Another Antenna Analyzer was brought in and the plotted Smith Charts looked acceptable. Still the club member complained, why? Because his – yes HIS in his mind – measurements surely were correct and if they weren’t right pointing it out, he said “it makes him look bad.”
First the measurements were not “his” but rather those taken by an older analyzer that has never been checked. That everything he checked was bad, yet no radio or amp was complaining and other analyzers appear to show things more normal, was an impediment to a need for emotionalism.
More over anyone pointing out that maybe the Analyzer was off, was forgetting that he was an ancient member and a ham since Marconi himself signed licenses … or some such emotional drivel… and was a bad person for sticking to the facts.
Winston Churchill said, “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
Though arguably Churchill was more on about principles greater than merely acknowledging physical reality as one of the facts one deal with (he would have considered blatant emotionalism a category of weakness important enough to fully ignore the emotionalist) in the club situation we have to take facts first.
Those who want to play “Alice in Wonderland” are important, but not in decision making.
Being Technically RIght Does Matter – not as an emotional put down to those unable to function with facts, but as a technical hobby we have no choice. Just because one person “feels” this or that can’t change science.