[AMRadio] Re: Petition Pending


ne1s ne1s at neandertech.com
Wed Jun 22 12:26:10 EDT 2005


Right on, Todd. 

 -Larry/NE1S 

Todd, KA1KAQ writes:
> On 6/21/05, Anthony W. DePrato <wa4jqs at mikrotec.com> wrote:
>> 
>> >  incentive licensing is a joke and no longer serves any useful
>> > purpose.  Plus, from the outset, it never achieved its original purpose:
>> > to improve the technical expertise of the amateur community.
>> >
>> >Don K4KYV
>> SNIP
>> AMEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
> 
> A lot of folks complained that CW was only meant to keep people out
> who would otherwise be great hams. Other than the aspect of CW getting
> through in times of emergency when nothing else would, I always saw it
> as more of a test of someone's determination to become a ham - not
> their knowledge of electronics. If you have to work for something to
> acheive it, you're much more likely to do so because you *want* to do
> it, not simple because it's available to you if you want to bother. 
> 
> When the Amateur Radio Retail Lobby was producing all of those
> articles in QST in favor of the No-Code techs (Mike and Wally or
> whatever), it was clear that their intention was to sell more stuff,
> not to benefit ham radio in general. The constant inclusion of lines
> like "Mike became a ham by using the ARRL's Now You're Talking manual"
> or "he was able to find such and such by using the ARRL Repeater
> Directory" or "Wally's wife is studying for her license with the ARRL
> License Guide" and so on served to praise the No Code techs while
> bashing the OTs for not being understanding or compasionate enough to
> give the new guy a chance. Really, they were nothing but than more
> ads. A few years after the No Code craze there was an article somwhere
> with numbers of those still involved after getting licensed. No Code
> techs had the lowest renewal rate, IIRC. 
> 
> My theory is, when you hand a person something instead of making them
> work to earn it, they're a whole lot less likely to really want it,
> muchless appreciate it. And while I was licensed under the incentive
> licensing scheme and it did work to spur me on, I'd much rather see a
> real exam to test someone's knowledge and determination to be part of
> ham radio rather than a multiple guess format that can be memorized
> with enough time. Those little diagrams I had to draw to demonstrate
> my knowledge of a certain circuit didn't scare me away or scar me for
> life. 
> 
> I also think they only thing that will 'save' amateur radio will be
> more hands-on involvement by active hams giving something back through
> public service, school visits, or other demonstrations. Giving away
> licenses hasn't done it, and won't. Today's radio gear resembles the
> computers, video game consoles, cellphones and stereo gear kids use on
> a daily basis, so even that is a tough sell. Show them some glowing
> tubes and meters with needles dancing around and their eyes light up.
> Something about sending your voice across the country or around the
> world without the aid of connected wires still has appeal. You're not
> going to get every kid, or even a lot of them, but when was that ever
> the case? 
> 
> ~ Todd, KA1KAQ
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