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Posted: 6/23/2016 5:58:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/23/2016 6:20:20 PM EDT by kno3sc3h40]
I work in a office that is IT people (helpdesk, application specialists, etc... and the normal office business folks). At our office sometimes, classes are given on the software that we as a company use etc... Well this week just happens to be one of those training weeks. We have doctors, nurses and business professionals being taught some software apps. I am a network engineer and have responsibility for the LAN WAN in the building along with the rest of the company networks (company is a huge world wide entity). So today at lunch time, I setup my Yaesu ft-817 with ATAS-25 on a mini tripod. I set this up outside at one of the many picnic tables that is there at the property. Well I ran my counterpoise (green 16ga wire), and connected up my coax and antenna analyzer. Tuned up the antenna by making it longer and short, blah blah blah...

Well I sit down and connect the coax up to the transceiver and am doing my thing listening on 14.1 cwr for beacons. This is when the fun starts.

There was a guy (found out later he is a MD) that was sitting in his rental car observing me. He steps out and I see him and make eye contact and smile. He then eyes the green counterpoise wire, looks at the antenna, and then back at the counterpoise. I am looking at him figuring he will ask me something. But he never makes eye contact with me again. I notice him walk to an area about 30 feet behind me and he's trying to be non-shalant about looking my direction. He then walks into the building.

A minute or two later a woman comes out to her car for something, but I notice she is looking more at the antenna. She then goes back inside, never once did she look at me. Found out later she is a RN.

So I am figuring that well maybe they just are wondering but are to shy to ask, or whatever. So I go about my fun....

Well after about 20 minutes the security guard comes out. Him and I talk all the time and have a good time. He comes out and said they told him to call 911 because some guy was building a bomb outside. The doctor said no it's is a missile because he saw the green fuse that was connected to it. The security guard said about 30 of them were asking were the safe room was, lock down the building, call 911, etc.... He told them, that is our network engineer and that is a ham radio, and that I have a federal license to do what I was doing.

Talk about ignorance. I guess that if you do not understand something, FEAR IT!!!! Security guard buddy said yep that's why so many people got burned as witches.

Lesson learned, as soon as I see someone eyeing my antenna and green fuse counterpoise, yell at them "Hey what do they have at the snackbar!"
Link Posted: 6/23/2016 6:31:17 PM EDT
Too funny.

You and piccolo would get along great.
Link Posted: 6/23/2016 6:35:10 PM EDT
<sigh> ...and these are supposedly educated people.

Having worked with more than my fair share of doctors, nurses and allied specialties during an eight year stint as a volly EMT (doing about 200 calls a year), this engineer can tell you that most medical professionals are more artist than scientist/engineer, get into it for the romance/altruism (there's little financial reward any more), and wind up having to memorize nearly everything they "know".

With all due apologies to the good ones out there of course! Any medical professional in this forum is probably outstanding in their field

Link Posted: 6/23/2016 6:50:03 PM EDT
TIL the difference between a bomb and a missile is a green fuse
Link Posted: 6/23/2016 6:59:31 PM EDT
You know what's even scarier? Those people vote. Luckily half of them vote republican and half democrat so hopefully the stupidity is mitigated somewhat.
Link Posted: 6/23/2016 7:04:59 PM EDT

Link Posted: 6/23/2016 7:13:36 PM EDT
You need a big red button.
Link Posted: 6/23/2016 7:33:04 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By phurba:
TIL the difference between a bomb and a missile is a green fuse
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DUH! Like bottle rockets have green fuses and african american black cats have darker fuses!

I learned this last year, early July some time. Pretty much EOD training.
Link Posted: 6/23/2016 7:40:04 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By aa777888-2:
Having worked with more than my fair share of doctors, nurses and allied specialties during an eight year stint as a volly EMT (doing about 200 calls a year),
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I'm so sorry. Having been a helicopter mechanic on an EMS contract for 6 years I so get it.

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Meanwhile my boss dropped this bomb in my lap literally as I was walking out the door yesterday.

"Oh, we're going to be having active shooter training and drills in the near future."

Seems as though there was a serious security breach involving one of our locations. Individual was middle eastern with kid in tow. Got in by 'wanting to look at the airplanes' and the idiot c**t at the front desk let them in. Photos were taken and questions were asked that didn't fit the curious airport kid at the fence scenario. License plate was recorded and the car was stolen.

Great. I work at an airport where there is no way in hell that I can carry. Security is a joke and doesn't even pass the illusion of security. Time for me to retire.
Link Posted: 6/23/2016 7:49:32 PM EDT
ROFLOL!!!!!!!!! You guys are killing me with your comments! "Big Red Button", gotta stop at Staples tomorrow!!!!!! That was EASY. ALERT ALERT MISSILE LAUNCH IN PROGRESS!
Link Posted: 6/23/2016 8:53:14 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By kallnojoy:
You need a big red button. as a CW key
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fixed it for ya.
Link Posted: 6/23/2016 9:53:00 PM EDT
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fixed it for ya.
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Originally Posted By otar:
Originally Posted By kallnojoy:
You need a big red button. as a CW key



fixed it for ya.


Lol! I can imagine the calls that would provoke. "He keeps pushing the button over and over!"
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Originally Posted By Kekoa:
Too funny.

You and piccolo would get along great.
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"Hey, whatcha doin?" goes a long way in learning things.

While I post a lot about the 5% of the people that get uptight and DEMAND to know what I am doing, I do fail to post about the 95% that walk up to me and ask me in a civil way, "Hey, whatcha doin?"

"Oh, ham radio, huh?"

They generally get the nickel tour.

It's the idiots, assholes and jerks I post about.

They used to piss me off royally until one night I discovered that God put them on earth specifically for my personal entertainment and so I can share their idiocy for the amusement of others.


Link Posted: 6/24/2016 5:35:56 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By phurba:
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Now you know.
Link Posted: 6/24/2016 5:51:21 AM EDT
You need a beard and 5.11 pants. Then everyone is to scared to say anything.
Link Posted: 6/24/2016 8:53:44 AM EDT
Me and a buddy of mine ( Kimber 45 ) are going to be setting up a portable rig and antenna on a public pier tomorrow for field day and i have been wondering if we are going to have people calling the cops on us. lol
Link Posted: 6/24/2016 9:49:45 AM EDT
I set up on a tall, oceanside pier in NC that was high enough to hang an end fed off of in a vertical fashion. Had my earbuds in and people kept asking if I was listening for whales...
Link Posted: 6/24/2016 10:03:59 AM EDT
The stupid burns so very badly at times.
Link Posted: 6/24/2016 10:19:05 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By HankEllis:
I'm so sorry. Having been a helicopter mechanic on an EMS contract for 6 years I so get it.
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Originally Posted By HankEllis:
Originally Posted By aa777888-2:
Having worked with more than my fair share of doctors, nurses and allied specialties during an eight year stint as a volly EMT (doing about 200 calls a year),
I'm so sorry. Having been a helicopter mechanic on an EMS contract for 6 years I so get it.


Not at all. It was some of the most rewarding work of my life. But, yeah, it did lower my estimate of the medical community quite a bit!

Link Posted: 6/24/2016 11:08:45 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/24/2016 11:27:23 AM EDT
At the jet engine manufacturer I work for, we have alarm "tones" for FIRE, TORNADO, and ACTIVE SHOOTER. You almost have to have a special decoder ring to tell them apart!
Link Posted: 6/24/2016 11:30:24 AM EDT
Originally Posted By kno3sc3h40:

Lesson learned, as soon as I see someone eyeing my antenna and green fuse counterpoise, yell at them "Hey what do they have at the snackbar!"
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