Study Confirms QRMers Are Bad People

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By K5KVN, on the scene

NEWINGSTEAD, Vt. — Results of a worldwide study have confirmed what many ham radio operators have suspected all along: people who purposefully interfere with other transmissions are psychopaths.

small__6077461074The study, conducted over the course of one week by the National Radio Retransmission Legion (NRRL), was released yesterday. “It became immediately clear what kind of people we were dealing with. One week was all we needed to determine that people who QRM are just terrible, nasty trolls,” said Bruno Harlingturn, NRRL Deputy of Scientific Studies.

The research sought to determine exactly why people engage in malicious interference. QRMers were identified by NRRL interns, who used “inexpensive direction finding equipment” to pinpoint the location of the interference. Many were found on 14.313 MHz in the United States. The interns then sent written surveys to those identified as the source of the interference.

When asked why they QRM, respondents said, in part:

– “I’m actually making it more fun for the hams, by making it more challenging to hear the rare DX through my whistling.”
– “The longer I press on my J38 key, the more pleasure I receive.”
– “I enjoy the audio characteristics of belching, particularly when 20 meters goes long late in the day.”
– “The more beautiful the SSB signal is, the more satisfying it is to corrupt.”

Researchers say these answers point to narcissism (egotism and self-obsession), psychopathy (the lack of remorse and empathy) and sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others).

“Let’s not mince words here. These fools are certifiable nutcases,” said Harlingturn. He said the study was so successful, the NRRL plans to replicate the methodology on a future study. “I think we can soon determine why so many hams use phonetics on two meter repeaters,” Harlingturn said.

Ham Hijinks will report on that study when it becomes available.

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Comments (6)

  • Peter

    I hope the FCC cleans up 14.313 and jails the offenders.

    • Jilly

      …in KG4- land.

  • jrei

    I just passed the exam yesterday, so forgive me for my ignorance but – what’s wrong with using the phonetic alphabet on 2m repeaters?

    • Peter

      Jeri,
      There is nothing wrong with using phonetics on 2 meters or any band.
      Unfortunately some people have funny thoughts about what 2 meters should be all about. I left 2 meters a few years back because some hams in the area thought it should only be used for official or emergency communications.
      I hope you make some good friends on the air. It’s really a good hobby.

  • VE7KFM

    Satire/Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

    From: http://members.shaw.ca/ve7kfm/ ~half-way down, written in early 2014…

    And if you think that Internet trolling is a harmless game, not correlated with serious underlying personality defects/unrelated to deleterious ‘real life’ consequences on its targets/victims, consider the latest scientific findings on the subject in Canada [from the Abstract: Trolls just want to have fun by Professor Erin E. BUCKELS et al.]:

    “In two online studies (total N = 1215), respondents completed personality inventories and a survey of their Internet commenting styles. Overall, strong positive associations emerged among online commenting frequency, trolling enjoyment, and troll identity, pointing to a common construct underlying the measures. Both studies revealed similar patterns of relations between trolling and the Dark Tetrad of personality: trolling correlated positively with sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism, using both enjoyment ratings and identity scores. Of all personality measures, sadism showed the most robust associations with trolling and, importantly, the relationship was specific to trolling behavior. Enjoyment of other online activities, such as chatting and debating, was unrelated to sadism. Thus cyber-trolling appears to be an Internet manifestation of everyday sadism.”

    Or, in the vernacular/more expressive words of “Internet Trolls Really Are Horrible People”, just published by SLATE.com “Sadists just want to have fun”:

    “In the past few years, the science of Internet trollology has made some strides. Last year, for instance, we learned that by hurling insults and inciting discord in online comment sections, so-called Internet trolls (who are frequently anonymous) have a polarizing effect on audiences….

    That’s bad, but it’s nothing compared with what a new psychology paper has to say about the personalities of trolls themselves. The research, conducted by Erin Buckels of the University of Manitoba and two colleagues, sought to directly investigate whether people who engage in trolling are characterized by personality traits that fall in the so-called Dark Tetrad: Machiavellianism (willingness to manipulate and deceive others), narcissism (egotism and self-obsession), psychopathy (the lack of remorse and empathy), and sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others).

    It is hard to overplay the results: The study found correlations, sometimes quite significant, between these traits and trolling behavior. What’s more, it also found a relationship between all Dark Tetrad traits (except for narcissism) and the overall time that an individual spent, per day, commenting on the Internet.”

    Having presumably read down to this point, does this remind you of anyone? The 1st two guesses don’t count!

    http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2014/db0722/DA-14-1031A1.pdf

    73 & Thank You!

  • mort.g2jl

    ZZZrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh (scratch, scratch) VVV VVV VVV

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