It’s an interesting question, one that has a variety of answers as colourful and different as those who hate us.
Soon after this site signed on many years ago, a small but vocal group of people formed who decided we were the worst thing to happen to amateur radio, the internet, and perhaps even civilization (alright, I may be going a little too far with this.)
We’ve had our share of feuds over the years, some admittedly started by us, but others by people who, for some reason or another, have a chip on their collective shoulders for us. Is it self righteous hatred? Are there legitimate beefs? Are people, dare we say it…. jealous for some reason? It’s an interesting question, one I’d like to get some insight on.
Our famous feud with QRZ.com was, as some might say it, the touchstone of our short life. Certain moderators on QRZ decided a policy of extermination in regards to Hamsexy was the correct course, and as a result many people (myself included) found themselves summarily banned from the popular QRZ forums, for the crime of mentioning or even being associated with Hamsexy. Fred AA7BQ, the owner of QRZ, gracefully stepped in and nipped the nonsense in the bud, and several of us had our life sentences commuted. One of the founding members and moderator of the Hamsexy Forums even wound up being appointed to the administration staff on QRZ, where he continues to do an excellent job. Our David & Goliath relationship with QRZ (with them being the giant and us the speck of a peasant) continues to thrive – some moderators continue to take pot-shots at us (The KD5OWO fiasco still causes some of us to collectively chuckle), but things are still pretty good between us. Fred and his team have an unenviable task of keeping order amongst the best and very worst internet representatives of Ham Radio, and they should be congratulated.
RadioReference, the grand-daddy of all scanner sites, is another website of which we have good relations. Lindsay Blanton, founder of TrunkedRadio.net which eventually evolved into RadioReference.com) is a long time friend of this site, being a member of the Hamsexy Forums for quite some time. Even thought the RR forums continue to be an endless source of amusingly sad posts representing the very worst stereotypes of “scanner folk”, the forums and database are an invaluable resource to anyone interested in the hobby. While some moderators on RR exhibit very ghoulish properties and continue to spout vicious anti-hamsexy sentiments in both public and private forums (not mentioning any loumagg names), we continue to value our relationship with Lindsay and RadioReference.
Aside from official website relations, we continue to get our share of unaffiliated people who don’t like us. The fruits of these individuals relationships range from some rather amusing e-mails to some rather scary real world encounters – and of course everyone and their uncle threatening us with groundless lawsuits and ‘lawyer consultations’ (people who have truly been to a lawyer would know the difference between Slander and Libel, but of course these idiots never do.)
So… love us or hate us, we’ve been around for a while, and we’ll continue to be here… poking fun at ourselves more than anyone, and continuing to both entertain and piss off all those who happen to grace us with their presence. If you love us, let us know in the comments section. Likewise, if you hate us, please let us know too. Anonymous submissions are always welcome, because most of our haters aren’t brave enough to let us know who they are, and we’ll take ’em as we can get ’em 🙂
To our friends, we give a hearty handshake and wish you thanks for all your support. To those who hate us, I think an equally hearty “fuck off” suffices.