"Dying Hobby Saves the Day Again!

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KB9REE, Jul 15, 2004.

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  1. W9WHE

    W9WHE Ham Member QRZ Page

    You mean that your average Joe Ham can actually help in an emergency without being a member of an ARRL officially sanctioned group? I thought that to help out in a disaster, you had to be a member of an officially sanctioned ARRL group. WOW! I guess the ARRL is not as essential as some would have us believe!

    Bravo guys!
  2. K6XYZ

    K6XYZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Phil....you are so correct!
    Amateur Radio is certainly not a hobby....a hobby is something you do when you don't have anything else in your life to do and you are so bored that you can't spit any more.

    As such, I don't have any hobbies.
  3. KF4VGX

    KF4VGX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Its a Hobby [​IMG] Are you paid money for your services ?
  4. K9HX

    K9HX Ham Member QRZ Page

    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (kf4vgx @ July 23 2004,23:35)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">Its a Hobby [​IMG]  Are you paid money for your services ?[/QUOTE]<span id='postcolor'>
    Interesting. Would you consider volunteer fire fighters hobbyists? How about reserve police officers?

    Kevin, K9HX
  5. KB9IBW

    KB9IBW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Amateur Radio is still a great hobby, and thanks to dedicated hams like in your area we can work to help our communities.  Amateur Radio must continue to keep itself fresh with new ideas and operators who do things to let the communities know that we are there.  We must think of new ideas for special events and public services that make the communites and world aware of what we can do as amateurs.  One good area to do that is working with the military to let our troops know that we stand by them, and support them.  We need to get more involved with helping those who serve make contact with their communities back home.  One way to do so is through Amateur Radio Military Apprciation Day.  Amateurs around the world should join in and allow our citizens to show VOCAL support to our military members LIVE during various Special Events around major holidays.  We could greatly enhance awareness of our hobby this way if we would work together with events that help our communities, and at the same time show what we can do as a service.  We need to get outside of the BOX, and push for events that will help us get media attention, and growth as a hobby.  Most events in ham radio are limited to those in the hobby, we need to expand and do thing that include our communities, and announce it when we are active.  Most communites are not aware of Skywarn, ar emergency nets.  Contact the media, and let them know we are here.  Most important, lets work together and do events on a nationwide and worldwide scale that promote groth and sheds light and attention to amateur Radio.  For information on ARMAD see www.geocities.com/kb9ibw.

    Thanks again to all that provide emergency service via Amateur Radio.  Let's work together to grow or hobby, and quit sitting around watching and expecting it to die!

    Emery / KB9IBW [​IMG]
  6. AE2NY

    AE2NY QRZ Member QRZ Page

    You know it's interesting how just a handful of people can say it isn't a hobby.

    I've been licensed since March 2004 and I know that isn't a long time. Alot of OM's are very angry at me personally because it's so easy to get licensed nowadays as compared to 40 - 50 years ago. I've even had a few people so angry they tell me I don't belong on the airwaves. But I look at it this way...

    When I was taking my CERT Training, there was a Ham in my class. He had his dualband HT with him one night and I asked him about it. he told me about Amateur Radio which immediately sparked my interest in the hobby.

    Now there are 5 aspects or "facets" to Ham Radio if you will, and one of them is Public Service. But to me, that 20% allocated if you will, to public service, is the most important. My view is that if we cease looking at Ham Radio as a hobby, it stops being fun, and that my fellow hams, is what's going to kill the hobby altogether.

    Those who were licensed 40 - 50 years ago and earlier are dying out. We hear alot more nowadays about people becoming SK's. We've got to promote the FUN aspect of Amateur Radio if we're going to attract the younger crowd such as myself at 32 years old. My XYL is even studying to get HER license.

    Now I am badged with ARES, am a Shelter Communicator, Emergency Coordinator for Merritt Island, FL and a Skywarn Weather Spotter for Brevard County, FL (#4387). That's my public service. I'm also a CERT Trainer. My fun part? Experimental Mods that I'm having an absolute blast with.

    There is fun to be had in Amateur Radio. Do people build Heath Kits anymore? Sure they do, just not as often. There's a guy I met on Sanibel Island here in FL who is 81 years old and was licensed when he was 11 years old. He still has all the radios and CW machines he built tube by tube, circuit by circuit from all those years ago. THAT is when it was a hobby. And it can become one again, as long as the right outlook is applied.


    Anthony - KI4VPR
  7. KB7RKY

    KB7RKY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I, too, was caught in that storm. Fortunately, I had my FT-817, a portable beam, and weather-spotter experience (my weather spotter ID is Nez Perce 4H, Lewiston, ID) to report the storm's progress through Clark County, IN, to the Weather Service in Louisville, KY, that day.

    It was not something that the faint-of-heart should attempt to undertake, let alone the naysayers who say ham radio is a dying hobby. Let them have their cellphones and computers, but when the power goes out, and you can't get your precious e-mails or get an outside line from the powerless cell site, just remember that there are those of us who actively participate in this "dying hobby" who keep the lines of communication open all the time with our handhelds, multiple frequency/band radios, and emergency-powered stations.

    Doug, KB7RKY (operated portable 9 during the Tuesday night, 7/13/04, storm in Clark County, IN)
  8. W6EM

    W6EM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Doug:  Well said.  You and many others have some great stories to tell.  However, this audience isn't the right one.......

    Your congressional representatives, senators and, yes, even our dear President should hear of the value of amateur radio during emergencies.  (If he understood the scope of what you've said maybe BPL wouldn't be such a priority).

    BTW, cell sites have batteries and generator power.  That isn't the main problem.  Its that when all those cell phones attempt to make calls, guess what? No dial tone.  Just like normal wireline phones, the capacity is not based on all lines being off-hook at once.  Only a small percentage at one time.  I really get frustrated when I think of trunked radio, used by our public safety agencies, that uses the same, cellular-like concept.  Thats why all trunked mobiles still have some simplex channels......in case their systems jam-up.  But, then again, simplex frequencies are for car to car or car to base communication.  Not very far at 800 or 900 MHz.

    And thanks for your service.

    Bradenton, FL
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