A special world to live in. Yes, this perfectly describes the world of amateur radio. A world where there is no racial discrimination, no political ideologies, no religious jealousies, and no place for selfishness. Living the amateur way takes experience and wisdom along with it. This is a place where you gain friends, develop and practice your skills with the help of others, learn to respect individuals no matter what race, language, religion, or political affiliations they belong, and most important working with them harmoniously and peacefully without envy or disrespect. We as hams, can't live alone. We need someone to communicate and listen to us. We start to join groups, clubs, societies, and organizations to enrich our development and self preservation. We meet a variety of individuals with their own way of thinking and opinions and through this way we learn on how to react with them. Along with amateur radio activities we learn to develop leadership in different ways. But what is leadership? Does it mean to be in command of whatever you want to accomplish. Is there fear involve within the followers or members? Well, the answer is simply different specially in the world of ham radio. In this special world, the magic trait of leadership is RESPECT. Respect must not only be from your own friends or fellow members but must be from around you where ever you go whether they are individuals, club, society, and government. You can't simply confine yourself in a place where you can only command respect within a specific environment. The world surrounds you and there are more eyes and ears you simply don't see or hear. We live in a world where there are no walls on friendship or comraderies. We talk and reach to people to share what we enjoy and know, to give assistance in time of need, express sympathy in time of grief, and express happiness for the success of others. We work and interact for the good of a common goal and not for our selfish upliftment and satisfaction. We are all equal as individuals. We call and talk to people without their professional titles but with respect. We support leaders for their efforts and dedications and not because they are perfect. We don't look for their short comings but rather be supportive in the attainment of goals and objectives. Ham radio demands respect from its enthusiasts. The world of amateur radio lives by this standard and it will continue no matter there are individuals or societies who pretends to be a part of it or uses it to attain personal glory or satisfaction..
November 1999 - Boysan