Saturday, January 19, 2008

A few thoughts on chaos

As I sit here listening to the pile-up on 80 meter CW for J5C, my mind, for some reason, turns to thoughts of chaos. I'm sure you've heard the term "chaos theory" that says a butterfly flapping its wings in Malaysia can eventually cause a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Well, there is not much we can do about that. Nor can we do much with the chaos on 80 meters, other than politely letting guys who call on the DX station's frequency know that when he says "UP" on the end of every transmission, it means he is listening at a higher frequency.

It is inevitable, just like change. And change inevitably leads to chaos.

There are many people who consider ways to profit from change and chaos. Seth Grodin is a marketing guru. He says, "Build a company that's so flexible and responsive in the short and long term that you don't care what happens. As long as there's a lot of noise and disorganization and change, you'll win. In today's world, betting on chaos is the safest bet of all."

Betting on chaos is the safest bet of all? I did finally work J5C by calling him on a higher frequency than where he said he was listening, but where I had just heard a station that he worked. I guess I had found a way to work through the chaos and thus found success. Is that what Mr. Grodin means by being flexible?

Don N4KC

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