Tuesday, 27 April 2010
I was hoping to do a little piece about amateur radio podcasts. There are quite a few out there and some of them are quite good and I have mentioned them before, but the latest batch I downloaded all seem to suffer from being patronising in the extreme. Delivered in a droning monotone mid-American drawl some were so irritating I turned them off quite quickly. Some of them seem to be merely audio blogs ("My mother-in-law was visiting this week so the shack was out of bounds") and not even good ones. Why one needed to broadcast (potentially) to the world that he only worked one station in a big HF contest, while following it up by advice on how to set up a effective station, I do not know? How can you take someone like that seriously, even if the advice was sound? Some of them simply repeat stories from Southgate ARC Newsline, ARRL and RSGB with little or no original material. I must say I am amazed at the amount of stuff out there and there is something for everyone. I will not name anyones podcasts as being unworthy of a listen because it is just my opinion and at least these people, however anal I find their oratory, are trying to spread the word about amateur radio. My advice is search out, download, listen and make up your own minds. There are some gems out there that can make a long car journey seem like it was over too soon, but beware there are some that may make you fall asleep at the wheel.