Likely Future of ham radio

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KR0O, May 5, 2021.

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  1. W0IS

    W0IS Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm a 13 year old kid who's been hanging around for 47 years.
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  2. PU2OZT

    PU2OZT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Future is bright, provided one transmitter is kept glowing, somewhere, by a spirited radio-amateur.
    Bright, by a tremendous magnitude, compared to some -lots- of our past jobs.

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  3. W4IOA

    W4IOA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Better things to worry about. I'm in my 60s and men in my family seem to be dead by early 70s, so should I not get a deer trophy taxidermied? Buy a riding lawnmower? I could be dead in 10 years.
    Don't sweat the small stuff, just enjoy what you can while you can. Just don't go into debt.
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  4. W3SY

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  5. NO9B

    NO9B Ham Member QRZ Page

    There is a guy on the internet refurbishing old AM radios and adding USB and Bluetooth and selling them for $300-700!!!
    When I get one donated to the club it usually gets dismantled for the sockets and tubes and the rest thrown away OR it gets sold for $1.
    So, you never know.
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  6. PU2OZT

    PU2OZT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've heard of one on a French speaking TV channel, dismantling everything radio inside wooden cabinets, only to add those dystopian USB and BT devices before selling.
    No good for our hobby.

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  7. W4NNF

    W4NNF XML Subscriber QRZ Page Peabody set the controls of the WABAC machine for 2091. We were able to monitor some of the traffic occurring on the Zed using special equipment (the participants of in that distant year interact solely by neural implant, of course).

    "Ham radio is dying, I tells you. That darned FT888 with its full-color 3D killed it. All they do on there is trade pictures of the babes from Zeta Reticuli II. No ham-to ham-interaction!"

    "Have you fellers heard? The damned ARRL wants to give Techs privileges in the upper part of the neutrino band!"

    "Just checked the transport chamber. STILL DON'T HAVE THIS MONTH'S CQ MAGAZINE!"

    "I was on the holo band this morning. Rare DX coming in from Wolf 359. Guess what? Some lid is sending on his frequency! Everybody's yelling 'UP FIVE TERRHERTZ' but he won't listen."

    "Well, no ham radio this weekend. Damn United Federation of Planets Sweepstakes contest!"

    At this point I told Peabody (a very good boy) to take us back to 2021. I had heard enough to get the drift of things. ;)

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  8. KP4SX

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    Yup. I used to be very active in antique radio restoration but the new generation seem to think its better to gut them and put in some Bluetooth crap. "Nobody listens to radio anymore".
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  9. KU4X

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    Would these be "Funk Punks" in Germany? :rolleyes:

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  10. KO4ESA

    KO4ESA Ham Member QRZ Page

    So much to do. Arduino kits. Shortwave radio. Then there are the digital modes. Maybe add some drone pilot license in the future. EchoLink is excellent.
    Many antennas to design.
    Just research and be willing to learn about the whole hobby. Focus on your favorite features of the hobby. eBay has been having a lot of antenna books and ham radio books posted lately.
    Most of all enjoy the hobby.
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