I posted this nearly a decade ago, still holds true today...
I have to wonder if this type of conversation happens on your area's repeaters (the exact conversation and names have been altered to protect the guilty):
Ham1: "Hey guys, I'm from out-of-town and need directions to the gas station as I'm on fumes
. I'm currently at (any location). Can anyone tell me how best to get there?"
Ham2: "Sure thing, stay on the interstate to the next exit, follow the highway about 3 miles, and then hang a left at the stop light."
Ham3: "Yeah, but if he takes the bypass he'll cut about 7 minutes off his commute, then go to the off-ramp past the "Y", hang a right, and he's there by the Post Office."
Ham4: "Hey everyone, I was just 'copying the mail' and wanted to let you know that the Post Office is now a Dollar General store, and the bypass has construction so (Ham1)
's directions are better, at least until December when they finish the construction."
I think your radio's got too much static (never mentions who...), you need to boost yer power or move to a better location."
Ham6: "I just checked with Google Maps and it says there's at least 3 stop lights before you get to the Post Office to make the turn."
Ham4: "I just said the Post Office is no longer there, it's a Dollar General!"
Ham5: "I still think
needs to move his radio, still a lotta static."
Ham4: "Who does?
Ham3: (After a looooong period of silence) "Didn't (Another ham) used to work for that Post Office branch some years ago?"
Ham6: "No you're thinking of (Yet ANOTHER ham)
who worked at the one by the Walmart near downtown."
Ham3: "Well, he worked for that Post Office branch too, didn't he?"
I dunno about that. What were we talking about again?"
Ham4: "I was trying to tell you that the Post Office is now a Dollar General, and the Walmart is near the mall, not downtown."
Ham5: "Your signal's not getting better
try a different radio if you have one."
Ham2 & Ham4: (doubling)
Ham1: (after another long period of silence) "Thanks, guys, but my GPS got me there 5 minutes ago and you all quick-keyed so fast I couldn't get a word in edge-wise, and by the way it's at the 2nd stop light past the McDonald's. There's no Walmart, Dollar General, or Post Office in sight. I think you all are off your rockers. Thanks for the comedy routine, this is (callsign)
Ham5: "I heard that same static on his radio as I did that other station (still never mentions who)
, and in fact several of you had that noisy signal, so maybe it's the repeater. Can't be my radio."