[AMRadio] Ham Radio in decline?

Jim Candela jcandela at prodigy.net
Sun Apr 30 14:25:52 EDT 2017

  The issue is bigger than that. Remember someyears ago we had the "occupy wallstreet" crowd? One desire of those young Americans was to have a living wage in return for doing nothing.  I am in the Semiconductor capital equipment business. Most of the employees I work with have gray hair, and are mid 50's and up. Off the street lower level employees are given at least $15 an hour with no experience! About 1/3 of them quit on the first day, and about 1/2 of them leave before the first break. Why? Well the work is not hard, but it is steady. Two issues prevail, 1.) they cannot look at their phone during company time, 2.) they need to be standing, and wearing a clean room bunny suit.
   So why would someone that only wants someone else to enable them (pay their way), where their main desire is to stare at their phone 19 hours a day while sitting on their butts want to get into ham radio? In the sate of NJ, 46% of Millenials live with their parents!


    On Sunday, April 30, 2017 9:21 AM, WA5VGO <hbrnut at suddenlink.net> wrote:

 You are exactly right. I'm constantly amazed that so many allegedly educated people can be in such denial. When's the last time you saw a kid collect model trains, fly a kite, or form a bicycle club? It's a dying hobby and no amount of dumbing things down will change that.  


> On Apr 30, 2017, at 8:38 AM, K5MYJ <macklinbob at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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 problem.
> 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"

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