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Re: Bug#361418: [Proposal] new Debian menu structure

On Mon, Apr 17, 2006 at 02:51:31PM +0900, Miles Bader wrote:
> Outdated...?  The term "Ham Radio" seems a _lot_ more common than
> "Amateur Radio" -- for instance, Ham Radio seems to be heard quite often
> on the news (usually in connection with disasters), whereas, to be
> honest I can't say I've _ever_ heard the "Amateur Radio" used publicly.
> -Miles
Maybe in the US. Ham Radio Today magazine - now defunct - was the only time I 
ever saw Ham Radio mentioned anywhere in UK.  If I'm trying to explain in
fractured French/Spanish/German to officials what my radio kit is in my
car - I am a radio amateur :)  Tony Hancock (British comedian) made a
radio sketch called "The Radio Ham" in the late 1950's which most of us
are trying to live down :) 

If I'm trying to explain to friends/neighbours - "It's amateur radio - 
I'm a radio ham and I have a licence to transmit and talk to people round 
the world." [Unless you're installing business mobile radio / telephone
masts, there's very little "professional radio" to get into any more :( ]

Radio to most people means  "how do I get my Hauppage WinRadio card
recognised by Debian" - gradio and so on. [Probably lives under
multimedia in Debian menus].

Amateur radio - under Internet or its own section - means psk31 "stuff",
slow scan "stuff" and so on.

Just my 0.02 IRC :)


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