|[AMRadio] Ham Radio in decline?|
Commtekman at aol.com
Commtekman at aol.com
Sun Apr 30 14:09:07 EDT 2017
I agree with that! I got my Novice ticket in 1958 and when I supposed to
be asleep in bed
I was on the air with my DX-20 I saved money for and also mowed enough
lawns to save and buy a S-20R receiver. I will never forget working a W3 from
California, almost fell on the
floor with excitement. Well, that was about 59 years ago. I became a life
member of the
ARRL, but now looking at QST it appears they are really interested in
selling books and other printed material. I don't know how bright the future is
for the ARRL-
K6OSM since 1960
Retired senior microwave technician
U.S. Merchant Marine Radio Officer
NASA ARISS Technical Consultant
In a message dated 4/30/2017 6:38:55 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
macklinbob at gmail.com writes:
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
a modern RICEBOX is too high for most.
Then when young people buy a new house in a new sub-division they cannot
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
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
a lot of people calling CQ and getting no answers.
Today people call CQ and expect answers on frequency, The don't tune
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
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
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!
"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
> I have only built one homebrew amp, and it took a very long time and
> 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,
> 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
> 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
> thus less interest.
> I know at least for me, phone is easy, but at my advanced age, there is
> hope of ever learning CW, (with a key), and using software to generate
> does not sound like my kind of fun.
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