Growing Ham Radio -- PART 3: Club Promotion

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K8QS, Mar 26, 2021.

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  1. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm guessing you were not all that surprised by the use of the "baby sitting" aspect of this activity. On the positive side if they have a "cell phone in hand" that should alleviate any concern about their being able to afford a testing or application fee.
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  2. N9LCD

    N9LCD Ham Member QRZ Page

    [QUOTE ]Today you can buy a new dual-band HT for roughly $100 and a lightly used HF rig with more capability than anyone ever dreamed of 20-years ago for less than $500. Yeah, that's $600, but that's equal to or less than the cost of a decent new smartphone (assuming you bought one outright vs. paid for it over time with a contract) or an Xbox Series X.[/QUOTE]


    Probably another $500 or $600! Power supply; microphone; antenna tuner; antenna or material to build an antenna; safety gear - grounding and lightning protection; station grounding; "how to" books; basic hand tools; replacing incorrect purchases...

    Get 'em licensed and get 'em on the air!

    Not shopping for gear or parts to build something!
  3. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder Administrator QRZ Page

    Thanks NJ4Z. I never meant to imply that I was against testing. I'm absolutely for testing in its present form.
    73 -fred
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  4. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Fred is correct: we need to be more inclusive.

    Fred, it is the FCC that is blocking this. Many folks, K1BG in particular, have been trying to champion a NEW simpler-to-start entry class license, much like the now defunct Novice Class. As some of you may remember, I discussed this possible new license class over a decade ago, with an emphasis on digital.

    The FCC's position is that it is too expensive to invoke another new Part 97 license class--at the same time that they invoke a $35 application fee on newbies, that previously did not exist. (Some of you need to read that CAREFULLY--I am referring to the historical entry level license class for Part 97= no fee.)

    I suspect the FCC sees the overall Part 97 and sees growth and health. Thus smacking Part 97 with an application fee and no new entry class license.

    Obviously we do not agree with that.
  5. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Loaning out equipment to newbies is indeed a tradition. Thanks for reminding others about that John.
  6. N1IPU

    N1IPU Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I would not fear lawlessness by getting new hams on the air. One just has to consider how many cheap Chinese handhelds have been sold to non hams and how little interference there has been. First off is programming the radio then there is knowing how to work it. Most interference is coming from licensed hams anyways.
    Only other thing is were Americans. We fought the greatest army in the world to create this country and won and a lot of other Army's since. Fear is natural but leading others into fear is not. Don't be led by fear. It's unamerican. Many are these days and we can see where it's going. Reject it.
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  7. K8QS

    K8QS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Fred --

    Excellent. And we can address this welcoming attitude and inclusivity at each stage of a person's development in the hobby -- from initial interest to getting a license, ongoing fellowship with other hams both on the air and in person, and mentoring of others. And we can do it with all potential audiences, such as the MAKER community that Tom, WA9TDD, my YouTube co-host mentioned. Watch for the next two videos in this video series on "growing ham radio." YCARS and other clubs are already doing it -- as we show in the videos. Let's learn from them. As Fred says, getting people on the air/active is critically important.

    Quin, K8QS
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  8. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    There are still many vintage HF transceivers going for $250 to $300. You are correct that you can have quite a nice (used) setup for less than $500 :)
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  9. KD5BVX

    KD5BVX Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    While I agree with most of what you said, this is a subjective statement (you made as fact) that isn't exactly true in all areas. In fact, I know that there is a local nightly CB net that is ran very professionally and that each night the net control promotes amateur radio and the local club. Because of this, a few people have become licensed (and upgraded) amateur radio operators and are active on ham...and active properly (meaning, they use ham as it's intended and not like CB). So, while your last sentence is true, it's not exactly accurate to claim that "CB is dead" when it's very much alive and well in many places...and for some (many?) is the stepping stone for entry into amateur radio.

    Locally, some of the teenagers have installed CBs in their lifted trucks and have long 102" whips (with 2 or 3 tennis balls on them...) and are running around chatting on them now and then. Is it a lot? No but I've seen half a dozen or so lately.

    So, CB is not anywhere nearly as popular as it was in the 60s and 70s but it's still around and still alive and, dare I say, well. In the least, it's certainly not "dead". It may very well be the breath that breathes life into the amateur radio hobby for someone.
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  10. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ham Radio Outlet has a small but prominent CB section with a totally adjacent section on 'how to become a ham' publications. It really caught my eye as a valuable option to those who want to find out more about ham radio, while recognizing that CB very much exists, and some CBers would become hams if they understood the option..

    Many ham radio kiddos started out as CBers through their single CB channel walkie talkies. I am one of them.
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