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Are You An FM Repeater Addict?

 

  1. How often do you have a QSO on an FM Repeaters?

Never (score 0)

Once a week (score 1)

Most days of the week (score 2)

Almost every day of the week (score 3)

Every day of the week (8 days a week if that were possible) (score 4)

 

  1. How many QSO’s do you have on a typical day when you are on an FM Repeater?

1 or 2 (0)

3 or 4 (1)

5 or 6 (2)

7-9 (3)

10 or more (4)

 

  1. How long does your average QSO last on an FM Repeater?

Five minutes (0)

30 minutes (1)

Over an hour (2)

Many hours (3)

It starts on one day and ends on the next day (4)

 

  1. How often during the past year have you found that you talked on an FM Repeater more or for a longer time than you intended?

Never (0)

Less than monthly (1)

Monthly (2)

Weekly (3)

Daily or almost daily (4)

 

  1. How often during the past year have you failed to do what was normally expected of you because of your FM Repeater QSO’s?

Never (0)

Less than monthly (1)

Monthly (2)

Weekly (3)

Daily or almost daily (4)

 

  1. How often during the past year have you needed an FM Repeater QSO in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy QSO session from the previous night?

Never (0)

Less than monthly (1)

Monthly (2)

Weekly (3)

Daily or almost daily (4)

 

  1. How often during the past year have you felt guilty or remorseful after being QRT?

Never (0)

Less than monthly (1)

Monthly (2)

Weekly (3)

Daily or almost daily (4)

 

  1. How often during the past year have you been unable to remember “who said what” during the previous night’s FM Repeater QSO?

Never (0)

Less than monthly (1)

Monthly (2)

Weekly (3)

Daily or almost daily (4)

 

  1. Have you or anyone else been injured or felt poorly the day after a pronged episode of talking on an FM Repeater?

No (0)

Yes, but not in the past year (2)

Yes, during the past year (4)

 

  1. Has a relative, friend, doctor, or health care worker been concerned about your obsessive FM Repeater use, or suggested that you cut down?

No (0)

Yes, but not in the past year (2)

Yes, during the past year (4)

 

Your score:

If you scored 8-10 or more, you are probably addicted to talking on Repeaters.

 

It may seem like the AUDIT questionnaire is an easy test to fail. If you applied this test to other aspects of your life you will almost certainly come up as being addicted to something. For example, most people watch too much television, drink too much alcohol, inject too much “smack”, or eat too much of their favorite food. But those are so-called “soft addictions”, and the AUDIT questionnaire was not designed to assess them. It is extremely reliable when it comes to assessing Repeater use  addiction.

 

Some other danger signs are that you have moved your radio into the bathroom, or you’ve installed a small fridge in the shack, along with  a big empty bucket to deal with the inevitable times that you just can’t let go of that microphone.

 

Reference: www.AddictionsAndRecovery.org

 

-The [Cranky] Editor-

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