How to Grow Ham Radio Part 1

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

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  1. K8QS

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    Hi, John. In the video we talk about "secondary" markets for promoting ham radio. We think some CBers represent such a market. Many fine ham operators came through the CB ranks. We might do a future video on just that.... Thanks. Quin K8QS
  2. KE8NFK

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    I don't really like the idea of borrowing OP's equipment, they might not get it back! I'm leaning towards new(er) equipment, SDR REALLY interests me, but I'll have to save the pennies a while...
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  3. KE8NFK

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    THAT'S how my friends and I found out the cops monitored CB!!!
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  4. K5ATA

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    I think the baffling part is that so many teachers no longer know how to expose students to something they are unfamiliar with in an exciting way. I have had great success getting my Padawans interested and licensed. It takes a serious amount of effort and money (the very reason I run a YouTube channel is to fund my efforts). It's not that kids aren't interested... it is more that kids don't know enough about what radio is to get interested. I'm not ignorant enough to think that every one of the kids who get a ticket with me (47 in the last two years) will stick with the hobby... but if we get several that run with it, it is worth the work.
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  5. KD2VKA

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    Building the hobby.
    That is a great idea!

    I feel if you want to attract the non hams you need other platforms to get the word out.
    When I say other platforms... a person who is not involved in ham is most likely NOT viewing a radio magazine, not on a ham social media platform.
    Nor would they be attending a ham fest. You would find you are advertising to people already in the hobby.
    So if you are Trying to reach the general public it must be done in a more general way.

    One idea would be
    Clubs interested in growing the hobby to select Groups of volunteers setting up tables in public forums.
    Malls, fairs, non radio related conventions.

    Although this is a technical hobby I believe it must first be presented in a non technical manner or you will lose them.
    Talk about the fun first!
    And later the challenge.

    Assemble a team to host these tables.
    A team who can take this technical hobby and explain it in a non cerebral manner.
    People want to socialize and be accepted among their peers.

    If you have a club
    Make one meeting per quarter or month or use the first 15 min of every meeting devoted toward growing the hobby.
    Invite non Hams to these specific meetings.
    Make sure the members know this specific meeting or portion of this meeting is more social to develop future HAMS.
    So keep it fun and friendly.
    If it’s done correctly you may be surprised at the result.
    Through that social connection they may be inclined to connect further, learn more and eventually become an active member of this awesome hobby.

    Some really great posts on here.
    I am Learning a lot and wish you all the best!
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  6. NX3W

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    If you're asking how to get more young amateur operators to replace SKs, one option would be not to completely focus on the emergency communications aspects of things.

    It's counterintuitive, but because of (or perhaps despite) the fact they've grown up with 24x7 access to mobile phones, the Internet, satellite communications, and not to mention plain old traditional land line telephone service, the idea of all of those services going offline simultaneously seems far away, or even impossible unless it's a situation they've personally experienced. Trying to bring them in with visions of a doomsday scenario where all of those are simultaneously offline is only likely to work with those who have experienced it, then the most organized and mature-minded of them. For the rest, they "just can't see it" so they see no need to prepare for it, and the more you stand there shouting and waving your arms about how wrong they are, the more put-off they're likely to be.

    Yet among those who just can't see it, there still are many technically apt and even brilliant young people who would make excellent hams if they knew of the limitless opportunities to use their license, the ever-evolving digital modes, and their imaginations to have fun and do new and interesting things. You can also focus on non-experimental, but more adventure oriented aspects of the hobby like parks on the air or summits on the air... Offer it up as a way to enhance an activity they already do and grow their technical skills at the same time.
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  7. KS4TD

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    1) "Profanity is the common crutch of the conversational cripple." — David Keuck

    2) "Those who think they know it all have no way of finding out they don't." — Leo Buscaglia

    73 de an Extra-class appliance operator,
    Sean KS4TD
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  8. KS4TD

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    In my experience, saving up to get better equipment is always a good thing though very frustrating while doing so. :)

    Sean KS4TD
  9. KS4TD

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    I'll respectfully disagree with you on the cost. If you look around, you can get very good deals on equipment. My first HF station cost me $300 for both the radio and the antenna matcher (I still have both). However, new hams don't know this. So no matter the age, if they get licensed, help them find equipment! Also, 30-50 year olds understand that the ROI on radio equipment can be quite nice if you know where to find things.

    I am of the notion that you don't need a $20K station to enjoy ham radio. I've worked a station in Perth, Australia, 10,000 miles from my home QTH, on 25W of power on a 20M dipole I built myself on my little ICOM IC-718.

    I've had the pleasure of getting several of my peers into amateur radio and encouraging them to get their General to enjoy HF. So far, so good.

    I became physically disabled and am now medically retired. Amateur radio is a godsend for me to get out and make friends on the air.

    Sean KS4TD
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  10. NN2X

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    How to make Ham radio grow

    Very simple.

    Have ARRL, hire young Hams and do a marketing campaign to private schools in the USA...

    New Hams like KD9LFZ (Leah) should be the face of ARRL...She had many videos (Along with her Father)..

    Leah, just by her age, and enthusiasm will attract other Hams (Like my son KI5FJE / Adam)

    Leah's (KD9LFZ)'s You Tube Channel
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2021

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