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Report on results from survey of amateur radio operators

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by N8XJ, Nov 20, 2017.

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  1. W7DAO

    W7DAO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Your statement, "Where does it say anywhere that amateur radio has to be relevant to exist?"

    I wasn't implying amateur radio needs to be relevant. What I was trying to state is a basic of Marketing, that is, what would make this hobby interesting, attractive to a specific consumer segment? Given this information we can then better promote the hobby to a given market segment. All hams came to the hobby with some belief in its relevance to ourselves - that which makes it meaningful to us individually. If we investigated this for the 12-20 year-old, would we then find a better way to approach and recruit this demographic?
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  2. K4FMH

    K4FMH Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Read some statistical sampling theory....

  3. K2MOB

    K2MOB Ham Member QRZ Page

    I believe the elephant in the room is the internet. I suspect many of us were motivated to join amateur radio by our desire to reach out and communicate with the world beyond our own town or city. 50 years ago there was no internet so we turned to radio. Today with smart phones and the internet, young people are exposed to a multimedia explosion of information about the world around them. While I can get excited about a 20 watts and a wire JT65 QSO with Australia, they accept as routine effortless internet based multimedia messaging from the same location. The level of technology we use today is far beyond the capability of most of us to homebrew rigs. The hours we spent learning from an Elmer as he built a transmitter isn't likely to be repeated for a new generation. Sadly, I see the curiosity that drove us fading into the darkness of the future...
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  4. K9GLS

    K9GLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have said often that our radios WERE the Internet before it came around. By the looks of the numbers licensing keeps going up. There are also an influx of more older people than young. Stop splitting hairs and just breathe. (hard for most of us to do anymore).
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  5. KY5U

    KY5U Subscriber QRZ Page

    Sorry, this is an old wives tale passed on past it's time. Valuable spectrum needs bandwidth, and the entire amateur band together wouldn't make a decent LAN connection. Saying "very valuable spectrum" is like an eBay ad for a Swan 350 saying "rare" or "highly sought after".
  6. KT1F

    KT1F Ham Member QRZ Page

    What are you basing that on? Here's some data on degrees conferred from the National Center for Education statistics.


    The two really big subject areas seem to be business and heath. Engineering is still quite big. "Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies" which probably covers two of the subjects you quoted is one of the smallest.
  7. WF3T

    WF3T Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks. A cursory look at that data is interesting but there are 2 things. First, not being a statistician, I'm not going to add up all the different categories to come up with totals because it really doesn't relate to my point. The larger issue is they don't tell you anything about those graduates, ie: American or foreign. A PEW research paper in 2015 said that the ratio of American students to foreign students in our science / tech courses was less than 50%. And the high tech companies have been screaming for years about increasing the number of H1-B people they can bring in because they can't get enough qualified Americans. But I will admit my choice of examples was a comment on our society today.
  8. W0MSN

    W0MSN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Something to consider.. When I got my tech license I was 50 years old in 2005. My daughter Natalie was 11 years old when she got her tech license in 2007. Her interest in ham radio was directly related to my involvement with the hobby and getting her involved at a young age. The chance of her becoming involved with ham radio on her own had I not been a ham would be extremely low. Does this type of situation account for many of the younger hams within the current license base (Children of hams)? Kind of a "generational induction"

    Will there be a similar relationship within families of future hams? For example a Gen Xer got his license last year and has a 2 year old Son. Can he stay interested and active with the hobby long enough to possibly get his son interested in the hobby?

    I think an important aspect of the future success of the hobby is that we all stay active and interested. If Natalie or I are still active with the hobby into the future, It raises the chance of bringing a 3rd generation into the hobby.

    I am happy to say that My Niece who lives off the grid and home schools her Daughter wants me to do a presentation / demonstration on ham radio for her Daughter as part of her in home educational studies. I'm really going to make it fun and interesting!

    Mike / W0MSN
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  9. WU8Y

    WU8Y Ham Member QRZ Page

    Because we as hams occupy a valuable public resource - the airwaves.
  10. WA6MHZ

    WA6MHZ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    My primary love in Ham Radio is Building and fixing things. Thats why I have so many vintage radios. I find them at the swapmeets all ravaged and butchered. I say "I CAN FIX THAT!!!" And I often do!! the rest become static Museum pieces. Most of my Heathkits work. It is fun and relaxing to fix them.
    When I don't have radios to fix, I build projects. CAT RANCH ELECTRONICS and before that , RAT RANCH has churned out countless one of a kind projects over the past 50 years.

    So when it came time to get a job, I looked for one which allowed me to do similarly based work. As an Electronic Tech, I got to build and fix things
    I just fixed a company product today. It had a big LCD in it that the customer smashed, and I replaced it. Just wish i could get paid for the hard work i am doing for this company. The boss seems to think I owe him BACK RENT for the time I kept rigs in the back room. So I am paying him back by working paycheckless for the rest of my life!
    But I can atleast work on my own projects here.
    meanwhile, at home, I am working at getting my home test station ramped up as this company is expected to FOLD UP anyday now. I hang around cuz I want to NAIL much of this test equipment in the fire sale.
    here is the Ultimate test station, now complete with a 22GHZ Spectrum Analyzer thanks to SUE AF6LJ fixing it.
    Not much room for more, I guess 10 DMMs is almost enough!
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