Tuesday, June 21, 2011

General Knowledge

So over at the the Quest for C Class on the Exurban League blog, they have a list of General Knowledge every firearms enthusiast should possess. They have a few categories...
Know the basic operation and use of:
Be capable of:
Know how to (but not always accomplish):
Know (and ALWAYS accomplish successfully):
For ham radio, I wonder what the list would look like? I don't have the experience to complete it, but I'll throw out some things and see what sticks.

Know the basic operation and use of:
UHF/VHF Transceivers on Repeaters
HF Transceivers
Power Supplies

Be capable of:
Build a half wave dipole
Build a quarter wave ground plane
Use a manual tuner
Sending and receiving CW at 8 wpm.
Reading a circuit diagram

As I learn more about ham radio, I think this would be a good list to build.

They lead in with a quote from Robert A. Heinlein and as a bonus I measure myself against the list.
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
Change a diaper - check!
Plan an invasion - probably not.
Butcher a hog - doubt it.
Conn a ship - I do have some small sailing experience.
Design a building - Do levels for Dungeon's & Dragons?
Write a sonnet - I've heard of iambic pentameter and been to the Globe in London.
Balance accounts - check!
Build a wall - 16 inch centers.
Set a bone -
Comfort the dying - I hope so.
Take orders - Sir, yes, sir.
Give orders - check!
Cooperate - check!
Act alone - check!
Solve equations - check!
Analyze a new problem - check!
Pitch manure - I'm not much of a salesman.
Program a computer - check!
Cook a tasty meal - Sustenance is the goal for me.
Fight efficiently - you don't want to find out.
Die gallantly - untested.

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