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One Technique to Avoid

Maurice Hindin, W6EUV 10471 LeConte Avenue Los Angeles, California 90024

From time to time amateur radio magazines have all carried editorials and correspondence from their readers directed to the problem of the borine routine QSO (ikdc W2NSD/r 73 Jan. 1969; "It Seems to Us" QST Feb. 1969). It has even been suggested that one of the reasons why amateurs often lus -■ interest in their hobby is the uniformity and sameness that most QSO s lake. After exchanging a thousand or more reports which simply contain the routine information giving the signal report, QTIL name, power and type of equipment used, followed by the usual "QRU, 73 cuP it is true that the routine QSO can become a dull affair.

Although there has been a great deal written about boring QSO's. very little has been written about what an individual ham can do to improve the situation.

The reason why so many QSOs degenerate into a stereotyped routine exchange of information is in the writer s opinion, the result of several things: First, the operator doesn't know what to talk about and second, he forgets that he is talking to a human being and not just a piece of electronic equipment. Third, the operator is really suffering from mike for key) fright. As soon as the operator recognizes these facts, something positive can be done to make the average QSO an interesting experience. Many years the writer became aware of his conversational ineptitude at the mike and devised a simple technique which produced excellent results. It may probably have been instrumental in making amateur radio for him a lifetime hobby.

The problem in the first instance is what to talk about after you have completed the routine information, l o avoid not knowing what else to say. the writer wrote a series of questions about things that were of interest to him. They were simply things that he would like to ask any new friend that he had just met. Some words of caution are in order, however. First, simply asking a lot of questions will not make the QSO necessarily an interesting experience, It is the willingness to share your answers also to the questions you ask with the other feiiow thai makes for an interesting conversation. Sec ondly, do not ask a question of the other fellow that you would not want to answer yourself if he asks the same question of you. This, however, is really no different than your conduct would be in any social contact with another person. Thirdly^ the question should not embarrass an ordinary person whose particular beliefs you do not know. One good test is would the information that the question calls for embarrass you if it were asked of you. Fourthly^ it is not too wise generally to ask questions which you know will invite a controversial answer ("It Seems to Us" QST Feb, 1969). This also is a matter of simple good manners. After all, a QSO should be something that is pleasant for everyone and there are vast areas of subject matter that can be discussed and explored without getting involved witii controversial subjects.

The specifics of a program the writer used to eliminate dullness in the QSO require simply listing a series of questions about things of interest to you. Then the moment your mind turns blank as to what to say next ot the QSO starts to dry up, simply look al the list and start it up again.

After using the list for a few months, i: became almost second nature to engage i friendly informative QSO s, each of which were different from the other and many oi which opened the doors for long-term friendships.

As a practical matter, I found that if ! volunteered some information first and followed that with an inquiry on the same subject, it would invariably open the door to mon discussions and before long a genuine feeling of knowing the other fellow was developed. If you visualize that you are talking to someone sitting next to you as if he were in your own room and not going through a routine testing procedure, the routine stereotype type of QSO which does get tiresome can be avoided. Listed below are the twenty questions which have provided the framework for many pleasant, interesting and diversified QSO's. As you can see, there is nothing unique about the questions. You can easily prepare another list of questions for yourself. The questions are simply guidelines to keep the QSO going so you will never find yourself in the position of not knowing what to say next. If the questions listed below sound interesting to >ou. simply use them. If other subjects of conversation come to mind that you would prefer to discuss, then of course, use lhem. The point of the whole idea is (hat if you make up a list of questions or subjects and have it on the operating table, you can with a minimum of effort change a boring routine QSO into an interesting conversation with a newly made friend.

My list contained the following subject matter:

1- (I am a machinist-) What kind of work do you do? (If he says he is in school, then ask what school grade, and what does he plan to do when finished-) (If he says he is in college, ask him where it is, what he is hiking. If you have been to college, tell him about it,)

2. Mow long have you been doing that work? 1 I've been a machinist for 17 years.)

3, (IVe been on the air since 19350 How long have you been on the air?

4- What other bands do you operate? (I operate on I 5 and 2.)

5, Do you ever operate any other mode? fl operate part time on CW and part on sideband-)

6, Have you ever visited here in Pod Link? ( Your town,) I've never been in Lower CulL-cutt Mlis town). The nearest I've been to Lower Culicutt was in Upper Culicutt (or where is Lower Culicutt?).

7, (I have been a stamp collector for years.) Do you enjoy any other hobbies?

(I wish I had more lime to operate. I only get on weekends.) How about you?

() (i ve got two children.) Do you have any children?

10. (My kids are'10 and 12 years old. A boy and a girt.) How old are your kids?

1 1. Are you interested in I)X work? {I am. Tve got II0 countries confirmed.) How about you?

I 2. Have you heard or worked any Dx lately? Lve just worked UA0 VE in Zone 23 after trying for years.

13. What kind of an antenna do you use? (1 use a cubical quad.)

14. (I have for have not) used the type of beam you have.) f lave you ever compared it with any other type?

15. (Tve been studying for an extra class ticket for a month now.) Have you started working for an extra class ticket?

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