How to Grow Ham Radio Part 1

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

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  1. K8QS

    K8QS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Tom (WA9TDD) interviews communication expert Quin (K8QS) about how we can grow Amateur Radio. Please join the discussion after listening to Quin's challenging observations about how we can get more people actively involved in amateur radio. A "Ham Radio Perspectives" video.


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  2. KA8VNG

    KA8VNG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just add water & make a comment & watch it grow.
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  3. K8QS

    K8QS Ham Member QRZ Page

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  4. N1IPU

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    It seems to me most of the recent new hams came from preparedness past couple of decades. They fell the need to be able to communicate in emergencies so they learn. Other than that educators can expand the hobby by introducing it in schools. The Nashua Radio society seems to do it best in my view with their outreach though I am sure there are others I don't know about. Getting school based clubs or inviting schools into your club would be the smartest way to go about that.
    It's not really that difficult, just need people who actually care. We should throw our support in that direction I think. Getting young ones into the sciences is never a bad thing.
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  5. K8QS

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    Thanks, Mark. This is tough to do right now in the USA, at least. In some areas there are even shortages of science teachers. Baffling.
    Quin, K8QS
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  6. N1IPU

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    Well we have allowed clown world to take over. Emotional leads over rational. It will come back around once most see it leads nowhere. Fear is a powerful tool for those who seek to control us but no matter how good their plans are it will backfire. Always does.
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  7. WA3VJB

    WA3VJB Ham Member QRZ Page

    People who advocate for growth in the hobby continue to overlook a technical field that's in dire need of practical, hands-on experience. Radio broadcast engineering. Most commercial stations these days are IP-based, but workers who are good at IP seldom also have RF experience. That's where hobbyists such as ourselves could rise and leverage our skills. The Society of Broadcast Engineers is represented by attorney Chris Imlay, the former counsel of the ARRL. And some of the technical unions have continuing education in which the experience gained in our hobby could easily translate to field and RF workers.
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  8. K0ADL

    K0ADL Ham Member QRZ Page

    This video is spot-on! I started watching this with the expectation that it'd be another of the constant drum-beat advocating the idea that you can get kids involved in ham radio. It was refreshing to realize that it wasn't that at all. While there isn't anything wrong with getting kids involved, let's face it -- ham radio isn't an inexpensive hobby if you do much beyond a $50 2m hand-held radio. While 2m is fine for what it is, I think the REAL magic of ham radio is HF communications . . . and suddenly the cost jumps to at least $1000 for a basic HF station. That's a tough sell for a ten year old, or their parents! I agree -- attract 30 - 50 year-olds! They can actually afford they flavor of ham radio that is fun. Talking to someone across town, or a few towns over on an HT isn't that fun for most people.

    I hope someone from the ARRL watches this video and reads my post. Trust me -- target middle-aged males and really PUSH high-frequency communications (or moon-bounce, or satellites, or nearly ANY type of ham radio other than using an HT with a repeater)! Stop kidding yourselves that you are going to grow (or preserve) the hobby with kids. Politically incorrect attitude? Maybe. Realistic? You bet!
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  9. WA9TDD

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    Paul, that is a spot on assessment. I had my broadcast engineer license back in the 70's with most of my knowledge developed from being a ham radio hobbyist. I ended up being chief engineer at 2 local FM stations. Ultimately, I chose not to follow that career path, but it was ham radio that got my foot in the door, and for that I thank the many mentors that taught me to keep my fingers out of the RF stages :cool:.
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  10. KI4YTV

    KI4YTV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Go on the cb band once in a while, talk to the guys about making great dx contacts and all the other cool things. culled 3 ops locally
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