HamRadioNow: That ARRL Entry Level License Survey

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  1. KB1PA

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    Maybe not dying, but aging rapidly. We need to aggressively find 30-40 somethings to keep the hobby young,
    and 15-25 somethings to guarantee a future. If we succeed, we need to teach these new licensees how to become ham radio operators. If we fail, in 10-15 years the hobby will be history.
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  2. N5IPA

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    I agree adapt or go the way of the dodo. It is a hard hobby for people with a small disposable income to get started in. Not impossible but not easy.
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  3. W0AAT

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    Experienced? Maybe 2%, rest are LIDS screaming over anyone in the way!

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  4. N1FM

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    We have no idea of the actual age demographics in the hobby, and although some people think we need more young people, there's no evidence that young people have any bearing on the health or future of the hobby. For example, the hobby seems to be doing better than ever, by attracting the 45+ demographic, who have the time, money, and property to invest in the hobby. Nothing against kids, but the theory that we "need" them to ensure the future of the hobby, remains just that... a theory.
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  5. AB4D

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    I tend to agree. Historical licensing data suggests, there has been continued growth in amateur radio for decades. What difference does it make to the actual health and longevity of amateur radio? Whether we recruit youngsters and teens into amateur radio now, or if we recruit them 30 years later, as 40 and 50 year old's, when they have ample budgets and resources to be fully vested into the hobby?

    Jim AB4D
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  6. WB9VPG

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    As a teacher, I see that we definitely do have to teach to the test to survive, which is not good. But, I see WAY more kids taking calculus and trig much EARLIER. Many of our students are finishing those in the sophomore or junior year, and taking college math classes like Calculus II, Finite, etc. during the senior year. One of mine right now is taking differential equations! While my school is toward the top more than several, it's still your typical public high school. Other "average" high schools have the same thing happening.

    We need to make this test, since we are stuck with it, relevant so that it teaches potential hams to know how to participate. Once they are on the air, that's when the real learning starts. But those fundamental facts and skills need to be checked off somehow before we turn them loose.
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  7. WF9Q

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    Well said. Keep up the outstanding work getting one student up to DE's, that is great. It would be nice if your school would be able to pass the mojo around.
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  8. W8VIJ

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    John why did you bother to reply if you weren't concerned? The sky isn't falling. The hobby is dwindling! It is quite apparent to me and others. I am certainly not worried about it. I am simply not in denial like you are.
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  9. WB0MPB

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    I posted cause I wanted to. I didn't know I needed your permission!!
    I will let you and others take care of the "dwindling hobby". I am just going to keep having fun with it and I never have any trouble finding someone to talk to on the radio on the "dwindling hobby". I have plenty of things to take care of in my life without thinking about a "dwindling hobby" that is not effecting my life in anyway. I still have as much fun on the radio as I did 42 years ago.
    Good luck to you in making Amateur Radio what you want it to be. I am just going to have fun with it.
    John, WB0MPB
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  10. WF9Q

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    Your actions imply a false statement on your part.

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