One degree of separation

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One thing I always took offense from...kind of.. are the people who see my tower and antenna, 7 ele LP and prior KLM KT-34XA (which dwarfed the house), and ask "oh, is that for CB?". Maybe more pity on the questioner than offense at the question. But it was the whole stigma of CB as a hobby (vs using it as traffic planning/warning system) compared to the truly noble and righteous Amateur Radio hobby complete with mobile ops honking CQ at each other. 

What strikes me though, from posts on here to conversations I have with members offline, no, there is a serious lot of money in this hobby / way-of-life. What I haven't yet seen is someone saying they hired a private jet and pilot to ferry their new toy door to door, because they could. I am not commenting on the wisdom of comparing FedEx overnight vs UPS overnight rather the number of posts that segment of the conversation generated. Has anyone considered flying into Austin (very nice airport btw), dining at the French restaurant on 7th St, then picking up the toy before you leave the next morning?

It just struck me how much money is being applied to the, um, hobby.
The title refers to the, I guess, conventional belief ham radio is merely but one degree of separation from CB.
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We should also get credit or even medals for our negotiating skills in 'getting permission' from our other halves to spend such money on a 'hobby'. My XYL's considered opinion of my ham equipment is 'a bloody waste of money'. Normally, she does not swear so her using that epithet in my example is like treble-underlining her opinion and breathing fire. But I did it AND am busy working on my next spend and she does not even know it yet, he he.
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You, sir, are an evil person. And when Wonder Woman and her Amazonian friends catch up with you, there will be some reckoning. ;-)
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DrTeeth

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I cannot wait ;-).
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Kinky
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My wife is a ham operator and has followed me with almost all my hobbies
and sports. Ham radio is by far my most inexpensive hobby, my others
are astronomy, photography and blue water sailing.
It's as easy as that: Dangle a licence in front of her and promise
her that she can use (almost) all of your nice ham radio equipment... ;-)
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I too am offended when people refer to my ham radio hobby as CB.  I know they do so out of ignorance, but it still hurts just the same.  I worked hard for my licenses over the last 50 years and I don't like being painted with the same brush as some pot-bellied, beer-drinking, ignorant, red-necked clown with a Cobra, Moon Raker, and a power mic - keeping in mind that some of those adjectives may be used to describe me from time to time, although not all at once.

As far as the hobby being expensive, I am also into off road and photography.  Some of my lenses rival the cost of a new rig. 

My agreement with the XYL is as follows:  I can spend what I want on ham radio or other hobbies as long as I put an equal amount aside for household items like new furniture, drapes, or carpet.  It's like a 100% import tariff on ham radio equipment.  My worst fear is that when I go SK, she will sell this stuff for what I told her I paid for it.  :)
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Steve, good buddy, we will never truly go SK.
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> she will sell this stuff for what I told her I paid for it.

My wife asked me to create a file listing all the *actual* values of the equipment I have purchased over the years, and promised not to open it till I am gone! If she peeks, I will wish I was gone!