Eric, I was 12 years old when I first got involved in amateur radio back in '69. And the adult hams in affluent Westchester County, NY didn't really take a liking to kids in the hobby. But that didn't stop me from continuing because that is what I wanted to do--communicate with people via two-way radio. And for the most part, I was self-taught relying on the Ham Radio magazines and periodicals available at the time. More so; many of the adults hams on HF wouldn't be bothered talking to kids!! However; that didn't discourage me nor did I have any thoughts of leaving amateur radio even through I was inactive for many years due to apartment house living.True, a lot have changed in 50 years but that is part of the evolution of radio communications and electronic devices. Even if amateur radio licenses were available without any need for examination--I doubt there would be few, if any takers. What KD0TLS is describing can be applied in any situation: jobs, dating, relationships, other hobbies or interests. There will always be a "pecking order" or caste system--that's a reality of life. People are like water in that they tend to seek out others whom are on the same socio-economic level as they are. A way to overcome it is to set priorities and if you want something bad enough--how far will you go to get it without breaking the law? And if you are "bored" or "lost interest" in something; the right course of action is to abandon it. Happens that way with employment, relationships, or anything else that might come up in life.