It is with great reluctance that I rise to your bait!
You are not the only old timer on this band or any other!
I am now into my sixties but recognise that this hobby whether pursued for
leisure or scientific reasons is meant to be a broad church. there are times
when I too feel that maybe I should resent those who have obtained their
licences in a less rigourous manner than maybe I judge was the case for me. But
so be it! I don't make the rules. We live in a free and democratic country and
if we do not approve of life as it is lived we are conditionally free to
exercise our democratic rights.
I too can remember spending hours into the grey dawn learning how to
program a 4-bit micro to send my callsign. I can also remember the embarrasment
of spending hours while a local G3+++ debugged some of my awfull soldering on a
UK101 single board computor!
At various stages both in professional life in the comms industry and in
the hobby I was and still am humble enough to request and acknowledge with
gratitude the help, advice and assistance of those with greater knowledge and
experience. Sometimes I am both humbled and flattered when someone expects the
same from me.
Now, I think this is getting out of hand and let's face it! Life is
too short and the field of human endeavour worth far more than childish put
downs. The future of this hobby requires that we all behave as a community,
supporting each other.
If anyone is trying to keep score, then, please don't. And that includes
Can we please, please get back to AMATEUR RADIO ?