ARRL 'Radio Communications' billboard promotes Ham Radio on I-40

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  1. G4TUT

    G4TUT Ham Member QRZ Page

    ARRL 'Radio Communications' billboard promotes Ham Radio on I-40

    The ARRL reports amateur radio is being promoted on a billboard that's passed by 6 million vehicles a year

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    A new billboard on Interstate 40 in Tennessee promotes ARRL and Amateur Radio. Working with ARRL Product Development Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, and Communications Manager Dave Isgur, N1RSN, ARRL Graphic Designer Sue Fagan, KB1OKW, completed a design for a the new 10 × 20 billboard, owned by ARRL Life Member Cliff Segar, KD4GT.

    Segar says the average daily traffic count for the area along I-40 west bound, mile marker 336, is on the order of 6 million vehicles per year.

    Source ARRL
    http://www.arrl.org/news/view/arrl-radio-communications-billboard-promotes-ham-radio-on-i-40



    http://www.southgatearc.org/news/20...ions-billboard-promotes-ham-radio-on-i-40.htm

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  2. KB9RDS

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    The billboard idea is very cleaver. Good idea and hope to see more billboards of that type across the country.
     
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  3. WB9YZU

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    What is the point of this billboard?

    I'm with Mrs Johnson on the subject of bill boards; I would like to see less of them.
     
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  4. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    The point is to make the public know more about the value of a a publicly license service.

    Notice it says 'skill' , 'service', 'discovery'

    NOWHERE does it say: 'HOBBY'

    ARRL should try the I-65 corridor also.

    Thanks to CLIFF for his kind volunteering of the space!
     
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  5. NN4RH

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    If you go to the web link that is on the billboard, you find this:;)

    What is Ham Radio?
    Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.
     
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  6. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Your point?

    So Ron, do you want me to go along with the facts, or go along with the crowd?

    Which do you think has absolute meaning?

    If the ARRL wished to pose this as a 'hobby', it would have been easy to do so. It didn't.

    What is most likely is that the old copy on the website has not been revised.
     
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  7. NN4RH

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    The point is that the ARRL says amateur radio IS a "hobby". AND a "service".

    If you don't like that the ARRL uses the word "hobby", then file a complaint with the ARRL.
     
  8. N2SUB

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    For most operators, it IS a hobby. Great idea, and I'm sure there was a lot of time, effort and cost involved, but I think there are more people looking for a hobby than looking for a way to serve the public. Why can't it be both? If you visit the link on the billboard, the first sentence is "Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together.". But you are correct in saying the billboard is pushing amateur radio as a service (without actually using the words "Amateur Radio").

    I'm not criticizing, I'm just saying if it were me, I'd emphasize both aspects. I think more people would be interested in a new hobby than a new way to serve the public. But I also understand that the league needs to promote themselves as a service provider for a variety of political reasons. You catch more flies with honey. I hope it works out.
     
  9. W1YW

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    All Ron's done is point out that the ARRL doesn't always update its old website copy.

    There's a reason the billboard does not showcase "hobby"--and its not to assist in targetting an audience: given the truckers on that route, 'hobby' would have been a better draw.
     
  10. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    No,

    I think I will just point out the issue and call you on it.

    Thanks.
     

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