That's not quite the case - sure, no-one in their right minds will use amateur radio as their main method of communication, but the technical skill, reasonably friendly community and cool kit provide something the internet doesn't. It would be more fair to say that amateur radio is fundamentally changing - out go the old-school SSB and CW nuts, and in come a newer breed, with Software Defined Radios and weird new modulation schemes. The availability of cheap SBC's, Micro-controllers and dedicated DSP/SDR chips has shifted the balance towards the software designers and digital logic geeks, away from the old analogue guys, some of whom still can't get over the demise of thermionic valves.It could just be that amateur radio is pretty much dead because of the internet.
VE7KFM is not dead. He simply doesn't have a great web-presence [he never has] and propagation on 20 meters has not only been terrible, but the majority of the 14.313 troublemakers have either seriously scaled-back their involvement in the amateur radio hobby or gone down to the troubled frequencies of 40 [7.200 MHz] and 75 [3.850, 3.860, 3.840 on the west coast], and since most of them are poor operators in every sense of the world, they're even having trouble working those bands in current conditions.to hear that VE7KFM has gone Silent Key, though.
I haven't heard him talking to George N9VTB lately. Maybe George got pissed at him, too.VE7KFM is not dead. He simply doesn't have a great web-presence [he never has] and propagation on 20 meters has not only been terrible, but the majority of the 14.313 troublemakers have either seriously scaled-back their involvement in the amateur radio hobby or gone down to the troubled frequencies of 40 [7.200 MHz] and 75 [3.850, 3.860, 3.840 on the west coast], and since most of them are poor operators in every sense of the world, they're even having trouble working those bands in current conditions.
Since KFM doesn't operate anywhere other than 20, you haven't heard much of him.
Interestingly, despite being reviled as solely responsible for, "all" the problems on 14.313 [and, before that, 14.275 and 14.273], the same sort of problems exist - and have even gotten worse - on all the frequencies the same cast of character-lacking characters moved to without him.
Good questions... Not easily answered, but good... Here are my thoughts:Would all the smoke from the fires cause that, or is it strictly EM from the sun?
Also, what kind of power consumption does a HF station see?
He's accused of making thinks up, yes.toad_has_autism said:I honestly don't hate VE7KFM that much. Sure, he's a bullshitter of the highest degree who just makes shit up all the time.
On that interview Karol had with the Toad, Karol claims he was training to become an aircraft carrier pilot. Since the last carrier landing on the HMCS Bonaventure took place before he graduated RRMC, I call bullshit on that.He's accused of making thinks up, yes.
More often than not it's his detractors who are really the bullshit artists.
Case in point, you've undoubtedly heard him refer to his military service; it is a confirmed fact that he served in the Canadian Forces, and that he retired with the rank of Captain.
It is not true that he was the Captain of a ship in the Canadian Navy.
Of more importance, he himself never claimed to be a Captain of a ship in the Canadian Navy. That claim was entirely made up by his detractors.
From my monitoring of him , he's never made a claim about his military service that's even close to being unbelievable. Conversely, one need only follow some of the links posted in this thread, particularly in the first post, to comments of his detractors which are almost as outrageous as the false claims made by his detractors about his military service.
You can call it whatever you like. That you call it such doesn't make it such.On that interview Karol had with the Toad, Karol claims he was training to become an aircraft carrier pilot. Since the last carrier landing on the HMCS Bonaventure took place before he graduated RRMC, I call bullshit on that.
Karol is not, nor has he ever suggested that he is, a hero.Mad Vlad said:Some of Karol's sycophants, in defense of their drunk hero, change the story to Karol being a captain (A lower rank) and a help pilot in the Canadian ARMY.
Despite all of this "Canadian Forces" unification BS, the different services still have their own branches with their own protocol and traditions, much like the US military under DoD.You can call it whatever you like. That you call it such doesn't make it such.
In point of fact, the Unification of the Canadian Forces occurred in 1968, after which Naval Air Operations/Naval Aviation were controlled by the Canadian Forces, not the Canadian Navy.
KFM's actual claim was that he was selected for training to pilot rescue helicopters, not that he actually was, "in training". Had he actually trained, this would have occurred during either 1968 [subsequent to Unification, which put Naval Aviation and Air Operators under the jurisdiction of the Canadian Forces] and/or 1969, prior to the decision to remove the HMCS Bonaventure from service.
When exactly that decision was made is unknown. Obviously it was made after the 1967 completion of that ship's "mid-life" refit. Flight operations continued from that vessel until October of 1969, so the most likely scenario is that the decision was made earlier that year, or maybe even in late 1968 after KFM had been selected for training.
For what it's worth, this reference suggests that the decision to retire the ship was made subsequent to, "the defence review of 1969":
https://dspace.library.uvic.ca/bitstream/handle/1828/1031/Gordon MA Thesis.pdf
Karol is not, nor has he ever suggested that he is, a hero.
I don't know what unnamed, "sycophants" you're referring to, but while I consider KFM a friend, I do not consider him a hero, nor do I consider him to be above criticism where warranted.
That said, "the story" has never required changing from KFM's perspective, because KFM never was, and never claimed to be the Captain of a ship in the Canadian Navy.
The only reason any defense of him is necessary on that point because his detractors, principally K3VR, have deliberately lied about him in retaliation for his alleged, "friendship" with ex-K1MAN, with whom he wasn't even truly a friend in any real sense of the word, and for standing up against the bullying of the most cited person to ever hold an amateur radio license ex-KZ8O who spent several years terrorizing non-English-speaking amateurs from 14.270-14.279.
Karol never claimed to be a naval Captain.Karol never claimed command at sea, only the rank of naval captain.