Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Weird ham radio hats

Oddly enough, my blog is number two for this search, even though I've never talked about hats in particular.  I'm not much of a hat wearer, let alone a weird hat wearer, so I don't really have much experience with hats, ham radio hats, weird hats, or especially weird ham radio hats.  That said, probably the weirdest ham radio specific hat I've heard of is the guy (who may not actually exist) who mounted an antenna on his hat.  This is a pretty bad idea, in general; RF energy is not good for the body in general, and the brain in particular, and putting a radiator next to your head is just not a really good idea.  See also this blog post, where someone did actually put an antenna in a hat....

My experience is that most hams that wear hats will wear ball caps with their callsign applied in those fuzzy letters you've been able to get from T-shirt customization shops since the mid-70s.  A few will have had it properly embroidered, but that's unlikely.  A more likely combination will be a ball cap with the callsign applied using mailbox letters; for some reason hams are inordinately fond of mailbox letters (you know, the ones made of metallic foil on adhesive, typically gold on a black background) and use them to decorate their cars, their stations, and just about anything else they can find.  The rest will wear a service cap from whatever military unit they served in back in the day.

Of course, really the weirdest are the headgear these guys (I think they're guys) wear.  But that's their business.