How to Grow Ham Radio Part 1

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

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  1. KI4POT

    KI4POT Ham Member QRZ Page

    That and stop trying to narrowly define "ham radio" (It's CW, no it's HF, no it's homebrew, no it must be point-to-point RF only). Let the person engaging in the hobby decide what ham radio means to them and let them get on with it. The attitude that the hobby must fit a narrow niche defined by people who only enjoy one aspect of the hobby is what drives younger folks away.

    "Amateur Radio is the art and science of using the medium of radio frequency in a defined set of frequencies to achieve a goal regardless of the distance that RF has traveled, the equipment, or the communication protocols used to facilitate that goal".

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  2. KN6NWZ

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    My husband and I talk a lot about this on our weekly ham radio podcast. I might be in an echo chamber because we're parents of young kids, but I think ham radio is great hobby for people with families. Hear me out, it's one of the few hobbies that can be done from home or at a park or on a hike or campsite, which is great because many of us like to be indoorsy and outdoorsy with our families. We're a scouting family so a lot of our peer group respects self reliance but also STEM education. Our kids have a great time working on electronics components like snap circuits and adding in ham radio as a telecommunications extension of learning about electronics is a great hands on way to expose kids to all manner of DIY technology. And it's a hobby that can grow with the family through the decades.

    We get a lot of people who write in to tell us that they or their partners decided to get licensed after listening to the podcast. We're always so thrilled to hear this because the truth is our podcast is truly ham radio lite, much to the chagrin of some people who happen upon it and expect us to be concise and cover specific points in a short amount of time. We cover ham radio topics but we go on a lot of tangents and make a lot of funny and not so funny jokes but it makes ham radio feel like a hobby any man or woman could get into because it's a conversation between a ham husband and previously unlicensed wife. We hope that it makes ham radio feel accessible.

    I think a big piece of the puzzle of growing ham radio is being inclusive, normalizing ham radio and embracing the various social media platforms. YouTube, Instagram, even TikTok have hams sharing the hobby in some really fun and informative ways that get people asking, "What is this ham radio stuff?" and that's the first step for many.
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  3. KI4POT

    KI4POT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Love the podcast, I was listening to it last night while tinkering on a new antenna.

    I guess this means you made good on your plan to join QRZ. :)

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  4. KN6NWZ

    KN6NWZ XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Thanks for listening to the podcast! Last week's was unreasonably long so I hope it helped you through the entire build!

    Since I received my call sign yesterday, I registered for QRZ, emailed Gordo a thank you letter, updated removing references to me being unlicensed (super proud moment for me), and used my call sign when I had a conversation on a repeater and scanned the frequencies to listen in. Making my way through all the things I said I would try out as a Tech for the first time, none of which being "The First Thing You Should Do" as referenced in the podcast. :D
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  5. N3FAA

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    You should be super proud! It's a big accomplishment. Congratulations and welcome to a wonderful hobby. My condolences to your pocketbook. :D
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  6. KN6NWZ

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    Thank you so much! I don't think I'll need to buy any radios, my husband has bought more radios than any two hams can reasonably use though I'm sure he would disagree.
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  7. W1YV

    W1YV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi guys, There is an organization principal that covers club operations. Appoint the most outgoing member in middle age group to be greeter, recruiter, and organizer of club effort to grow the hobby. Works every time. Doesn't work if you don't have one. I would not count out disaster commo. its a great way to mentor this growing group. once a month sessions on a weekly meetings or every three months should have a hands on demo of passing on trafic , with doing within the group. Forget the ICS and other admin bs, for hams respond to help our fellow citizens. Keep up the fine presentations. Can't wait to hear your part 3. 73, Joe W1YV

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