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Is Ham Radio in Australia on the Decline?

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VK7HH, Jun 21, 2021.

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  1. N5MDF

    N5MDF Ham Member QRZ Page

    Declines in operators/licencees don't necessarily translate to declines in operations, which could actually be increasing.
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  2. US7IGN

    US7IGN Ham Member QRZ Page

    The situation is the same in Ukraine ...

    But you need to understand that young people cannot have interest in radio, because they have the Internet. And radio for them is the same nonsense and rarity as a cart on public roads. Look at the radio through their eyes. Are you ready to ride a cart and groom a horse? And to remove the manure? And go somewhere for a week without air conditioning, sniffing a horse's butt?
    Even those who love horses certainly enjoy it. But they drive to work or market on car, don't they?

    I discussed radio with my son and he is as careless as everyone else. They think internet and satellites are invulnerable. This is true until the first really cool hacker attack or war. But then not only radio will have a completely different value.

    In any case, for now, we should be glad that the HF section of radio spectrum has also lost its importance and significance for states and business ...
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  3. G3SEA

    G3SEA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes ! Active Ham numbers are as important as Ham Numbers. :cool:
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  4. SM0AOM

    SM0AOM Ham Member QRZ Page

    The actual quality shown by those very few that become active is another crucially important parameter if we are to have any chances of keeping the spectrum.

    "Resting on old laurels" is worth exactly zero today.

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  5. OZ1RDN

    OZ1RDN Ham Member QRZ Page

    In Denmark its a Old man´s hobby. The present of young people is getting less and less, since the internet has taken over the interests of younger people. This gives a side-effect that radioclubs are getting fewer in numbers. Not as in the 1980´s there was a big boom of hams, (effect was primarily coarsed by the movie "Convoi"- with Kris K.) even after the cw was removed, it´s has not given a raise.. so in OZ (Denmark) it´s a hobby witch is fading out slowly with regret.
    vy73 de Lars oz1fjb - ou2v - ham since 1979.
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  6. G8FXC

    G8FXC XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    So document your assessment with the conclusion that you need to limit power output to 10W. OFCOM do not have the manpower to carry out examinations to verify that you are working within the limits that the assessment has arrived at.

    Martin (G8FXC)
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  7. PU2OZT

    PU2OZT Ham Member QRZ Page

    So, why should you, in the UK, or anywhere else, abide by such a stupid regulation? the heck with any mW or kW limit.
    Or, we do agree that all those lobbies supposed to take care of us, on the contrary wish us all dead.
    The case in Brazil where our beloved Anatel, not allowing any class upgrading, just awaits privileged RA to die, Class A to shrink to nothing, Labre consenting. Been two years now.

  8. VK2OZ

    VK2OZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes amateur radio there is no questions on digital modes yet the Fis not only on the decline but has now been opened up to people with the barest qualifications namely this farce they call foundation license gone are the days of homebrewing even something like antennas we now go and buy a commercial ones even a lowly dipole has fallen victim to commercialism not much radio talk now u hear about pizza baking how to cook the perfect steak etc etc but nothing to do with the hobby we now have 27meg antics on the ham bands.
    Please just listen on the 80m&40m bands swearing no callsigns jamming on purpose vhf even worse and the question is our hobby on the decline u ask
    the foundation holders he more privileges than the novices ever had why??? what was wrong with the novice format okay scrap morse but we should have kept the rest i supported the novices 100% but not this farce allowing them even digital modes if i remember correctly F-CALLS dont have any digital mode theory in their joke of an exam i could say more but i think these are just some of the reasons our hobby is on the slide i will be called old fossil and other names for expressing my view .
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  9. US7IGN

    US7IGN Ham Member QRZ Page

    It seems to me that it would be fair to admit that digi has nothing to do with amateur radio and licenses for it should be sold separately on other frequencies as for mobile operators ..
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  10. US7IGN

    US7IGN Ham Member QRZ Page

    You just need to know that Great Britain has become and remains a great country because they play by the rules there ...

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