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Episode-2769- Expert Council Q&A for 10-23-20 — 5 Comments

  1. John is solid as always with his answers.

    I’ll add qrz.com has the biggest swap area for ham gear. You need to have a license before posting. Not sure about looking.

    Buyer beware, as always but since the covidiots have killed hamfests for now. It is the place to look for used gear. I have bought several radios from other hams thru qrz. Never burned. Trust your gut. If it doesn’t feel right move on. I almost passed when I got my FT891 that John suggested. Contacted the seller. He helped me feel it was a solid buy. Super happy with the used radio. The good sellers will work with ya. The bad ones generally won’t.

    Hope to catch y’all on the air from the workshop. Is there a special QSL card.. Lol

    73

  2. I’ve actually come to the opinion that face masks are now a net liability in America (perhaps much of Europe and Asia too), in that the country would likely be better off if the public didn’t wear masks at all versus the current situation.

    Before anyone jumps on my case, that’s not the same as saying masks don’t work. I’m willing to say I don’t know for sure either way, and for now I believe there’s still a good PERSONAL risk management case to be made for wearing masks in shorter-duration, specific situations (where it’s extremely unlikely to hurt, but some potential chance to help). Kinda like taking a little extra vitamin C or vitamin D, maybe it’ll do nothing, but it’s cheap and can’t hurt.

    But on the other side one has BS government mandates and a depressingly large percentage of people who elevated its status to that of magic talisman (and for some, symbol of woke conformity), and used these talismans to start what amounts to a holy war. Even social strife aside, I get the sense some of this magical thinking (as Vin might put it) is giving the hardcore pro-maskers an unhealthy degree of overconfidence. Could be why that one analysis showed no difference between diligent mask-wearers in risk of infection; if masks have any benefit, said benefit could easily be outweighed by overconfident behaviors.

    Anyway, I’m reminded of that saying that goes something like, “the effects of a crisis are usually not as important as peoples’ reaction to it”. I also have a t-shirt that says “I used to be a people person, but then people ruined it”. Both of these fit my feelings to this shitshow… I’m just grateful I live in a place and around people that haven’t gone apeshit over them. Guess I got lucky…

  3. Thank you SO MUCH for talking about cryptocurrency throughout the last few podcasts and especially for driving the main point home today on the significance!!! You’re the man Jack!!

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