The first half of Chapter 6 in the Extra Class book. Didnâ€™t understand a thing (except for the blurb on crystalâ€™s) until I got to the Digital Signal Processing part. Everything after that was somewhat understandable. Might have well been reading Klingon until then. Guess I really am a â€œcomputerâ€ type of guy. As long as I donâ€™t have to build the parts for one, that is.
Assembling a computer from component parts is pretty straight forward. And easy. Getting them up and running isnâ€™t really that hard if you have some understanding of the OS youâ€™re installing. Getting networking to network; easy (mostly). Learn a new program without reading the manual. Easy.
Hell, I â€œfigured outâ€ how to use AutoCAD once upon a time; well enough to teach Engineers how to use it. But the theory of electronics and circuits might as well be molecular science or astrophysics when I read it. Klingon.
And having to know this stuff is not going to make me a better radio operator cause I will never build a radio. If I canâ€™t buy it off the shelf, plug it in, and use it, then I just ainâ€™t gonna do it.
The FCC made a good decision to not require anyone to know Morse Code. That way you donâ€™t have to learn it unless you want to learn it. This electronics stuff should be the same. Why does the book tell you what a Magnetron tube is, explain the way itâ€™s made and what it does, when the only place youâ€™ll see them is in your microwave oven? (And why is it called a oven when it doesnâ€™t bake?)
So, yeah. Frustrated.
Class tonight so posting early. Everything is SSDD around here. Gotta remember to stop by and get milk on the way home or Iâ€™ll be having dry cereal for breakfast. But Iâ€™ll forget tonight and have bacon tomorrow. (BACON!!!!!)