H.A.M. Analyzed


For 2023, rest assured a meaning has finally come into our hobby. After lengthy and never ending discussions on the meaning of ‘ham’, typically among oldies and newbies, and the assertions that it represents the initials of important people, the REAL answer has come to light (er, electromagnetic propagation).

HAM stands for Heuristic Algorithmic Menagerie. (apologies to Arthur C. Clarke)

Heuristic because …

Heuristic — A heuristic, or heuristic technique, is any approach to problem solving or self-discovery that employs a practical method that is not guaranteed to be optimal, perfect, or rational, but is nevertheless sufficient for reaching an immediate, short-term goal or approximation. Wikipedia

Algorithmic because …

duh: algorithms are embedded in everything we do.

Menagerie because …

It’s obvious to any observer of the typical ham ‘shack’; or any ham gathering.

Happy New Year from Bruce and Diana – KN4GDX, KO4QJR.


KN4GDX, FM18cs

“I would rather have questions that can’t be answered
than answers that can’t be questioned” —
Richard Feynman


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