Ah, the Outer Limits! Great 60′s TV…spooky & eerie! Remember the opening lines:
There is nothing wrong with your set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to the outer limits.
In a blatant attempt to manipulate the supposedly neutrally-derived product reviews at eHam.com, Elecraft’s Eric Swartz WA6HHQ made a posting to the Elecraft reflector soliciting reviews from effusive list members:
I just noticed that some of the eHam review categories are getting stale and could use some new reviews.
If you are feeling effusive and want to write a short review of your K3, W2 Wattmeter etc., here are a few direct links to the eham Elecraft review pages…
effusive – 1. unduly demonstrative, lacking reserve 2. marked by excessive emotion or enthusiasm 3. gushy
This goes hand in hand with a previous post I made regarding the wisdom of being suspect when hearing praise of an Elecraft product – it may have been either:
A) Solicited – read here, or
B) Manipulated, as called for here.
(The html addresses of both of the above links are, in part, “pipermail”…Pied Piper indeed!)
Regardless, such methods are unethical and perhaps even dishonest. Other reviews take their natural course. Elecraft reviews seem to be, shall we say, guided…..in a weird, Outer Limits-Stepford Wives sort of way. As if “you’d better toe the Company Line, son – we’ll tolerate no dissent.”
Fine rigs, no doubt – makes it all the more shameful they feel the need to dilute their company’s reputation with such low tactics. I’ve been debating the K3 vs a Ten Tec rig for quite a while now and am realizing that despite the specs, I’d rather associate myself with Ten Tec. Great rigs, sans manipulation.