Hey... I resemble that remark.... I am not sure I understand exactly what you mean by "...limited by uses already made of it..." and "...merely the means by which amateur radio is accomplished...". However I do agree that the simplication of the testing is not responsible for the decline in amateur radio. And I think you have identified one important point: Now that everyone has a wireless personal communication appliance in their pocket there seems to be less interest in amateur radio and digging deeper into how it works. I am curious... perhaps you could elaborate a bit more what brought you to amateur radio?