[AMRadio] Ham Radio in decline?

K5MYJ macklinbob at gmail.com
Sun Apr 30 09:38:54 EDT 2017

The people at W1AW just don't understand what is happening.

The younger people now have their iTHING and the Internet. They don't need 
either Ham Radio or CB. Around here CB is just as dead as the Ham Bands.

People come to the club and get a Tech ticket. Then they get a 2M HT or 
maybe a transceiver made in Asia somewhere. They never upgrade. The cost of 
a modern RICEBOX is too high for most.

Then when young people buy a new house in a new sub-division they cannot put 
up an antenna because of the HOAs. The ARRL has not been able to fix that 

I got my Novice ticket in 1957 during the hottest solar cycle since ham 
radio was invented. 40M was wall to wall signals between 7150 and 7200 every 
evening. You could make contacts every evening and it was not just HI, 
GOODBYE. It was a real QSO.

Today with the exception of contest days the bands are pretty dead. I do see 
a lot of people calling CQ and getting no answers.

Today people call CQ and expect answers on frequency, The don't tune around 
looking for an answer.

What happened to building your own gear? Look at 50's, 60's or 70's ARRL 
Handbook. Then look at a recent ARRL Handbook. In the old days we did a lot 
of building. Kits or scratch building. We could buy parts  at the local 
Radio/TV parts store. When I moved here 17 years ago there were two Radio/TV 
parts stores they are gone now.

I think that 20 years from now Ham Radio will be history and there's not a 
thing Newington can do about it!

Bob Macklin
Seattle, Wa.
"Real Radios Glow In The Dark"
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "FRANK HUGHES hughes" <frsahu0003 at embarqmail.com>
To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Sunday, April 30, 2017 4:48 AM
Subject: [AMRadio] Ham Radio in decline?

> As a new guy (2009), I have noticed that other people my age are more 
> common @ hamfests, don't see lots of younger people.
> Good point about the technical skills, if you can't build it w/ surface 
> mount components these days, what other components are there to work with?
> I have only built one homebrew amp, and it took a very long time and lots 
> of scrounging to get all the iron and related items.
> Next one will be LDMOS and DC volts, easy to source and work with.
> I like the technical aspects more than actually operating, happier w/ a 
> soldering iron in my hand than a mic....weird????
> Also, I can no longer lift some of the boatanchors around here, and am 
> selling them off.
> Not much luck selling, so far, as young people don't want boatanchors, and 
> the other other old guys already have more than they need too.
> It does not help that the population of people who value boatanchors is 
> rapidly shrinking.
> 10-15 years from now there will be one 99 year old guy remaining, with 
> 2834876 boatanchors piled up all around him, calling CQ into the 
> wilderness....
> As a new guy, I never had the experience of good band conditions, as I 
> hear people discuss the way it was decades ago.
> Wonder if the solar cycle is working against the phone part of the hobby, 
> thus less interest.
> I know at least for me, phone is easy, but at my advanced age, there is no 
> hope of ever learning CW, (with a key), and using software to generate CW 
> does not sound like my kind of fun.
> 73
> Frank
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