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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Teddy Roosevelt on Homebrewing: "The Ham in the Arena"

"It is not the critic who counts; not the sharp-tongued appliance operator who points out how the homebrewer stumbles, or where the builder of rigs could have built them better. The credit belongs to the ham who is actually melting solder, whose fingers are marked by burns and glue and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who splatters and distorts again and again, because there is no homebrewing without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to build and improve his rigs; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy project; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of saying “rig here is homebrew,” and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring to try, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid amateurs who never try to build anything, but who only stare at their waterfalls, ready to pounce on those who do."

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  1. Excellent, Bill

  2. who never try to build anything, but who only stare at their waterfalls

    This guy knew alot about SDRs for a dead president

  3. Nevertheless, WISDOM! :)

  4. This morning my index finger still burns from last nights attempt to improve my homebrew regenerative receiver. I can't wait to burn it again on another project. Knowledge is in the knowing and wisdom is in the showing.

  5. Tim: For a while I had the shape of an IRF510 burned into my thumb. It had obviously failed the Doug DeMaw "too hot to touch" test. I was proud. I was disappointed when the mark faded away. Chin up OM! 73 Bill


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