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Is there such a thing?  Was there ever?  You can still find some classical stations on the FM band, and here and there, a rare-as-rooster-knob's-teeth AMer spinning REALLY OLDIES, but how about the ham bands? Not talking ham DJs, no no, I mean courtly YLs & OMs conducting themselves with commensurate grace, skill, and Old World politesse.

By gee, I recall a gent whose name was Dean, one of the old Sunday noon 3900 crowd of my kid ham days.  Funny thing, Dean was the Dean of our local scene, a softly-well-spoken retired doctor with a kind word for all, but all same no goody-goody, a ham of wit. So by classical amateur radio, do I mean just demeanor, or include a particular vintage of rig?  Ya know, I dunno. I think there's a technical part, yet Dean was up date for the time, running a nice new NCX-3, both mobile and at home.  So the definition needs work...and possibly a Pledge Week.  Kidding!

Sure, this Classical Ham thing is a gas in progress. Just playing radio, my style.  Think it over.  We'll pick it up later.


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Breaking ham news  might be an oxymoron but who cares, it's summer, right? Yeah, it's  too hot to care about much but gin & tonics and artisanal hot dog relish. So park your carcass, simmer down and please spread these rumors, this hearsay, this poppycock on the air and see how warped it gets after a few times around the world.



Yeah, another sexed up buzzword for Home Brewer and we're too OM to bother enforcing ham language purity. Iron Mike is a human soldering iron and pleased as punch to hector you about building radio stuff and making your own fun.  A bit much but a Good Egg just the same.

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Treachery of CLICK BAIT
Fake as Red Velvet Cake


You know it's a load of horse hockey but you just can't help yourself.  Yeah, these news briefs won't appeal to your Better Angels  but face facts. If your Better Angels had their way, you;d spend your life eating kale and waiting two hours after eating that kale before you went swimming..


As told to your 'umble 'am cartoonist by Hizzoner the Night Mayor himself 120 year-young Buzzy Buzzer of Buzzer Radio Lunch Wagon.  Better believe, Buzzy's been around the block, a real survivor who still parks his hybrid radio roach coach  at the corner of Church and Cortlandt and sells out all night every right..