What can we individually do to help the vibrant growth of Ham Radio?

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  1. KI4CFS

    KI4CFS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Don't tell me what other people "should do" but want can WE individually do to help the vibrant growth of Ham Radio? Maybe share what YOU are doing? (I have in this video and will also answer). I am working on a club article on this topic (RARS). Thanks for any answers - KI4CFS Martin Brossman

    My video discussing this:
  2. K0MB

    K0MB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Stop testing for licenses.
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  3. KY5U

    KY5U Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hams yackty-yack. It's what we do.
    Hams are "idea men", we think stuff up
    and call on others to do our great idea!

    BTW, making a video is not action...
  4. KI4CFS

    KI4CFS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for your comment.
  5. KI4CFS

    KI4CFS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for responding but I don't quite understand what your point is? I want to. Please elaborate.
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  6. KY5U

    KY5U Subscriber QRZ Page

    After being with hams a few years, I realize that most are not Do-ers. We come up with ideas that we think are so good, why would SOMEONE ELSE not run right out and do it.The Home Ham Depot: More Talk Less Doing...
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  7. KI4ZUQ

    KI4ZUQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Do? You want me to actually DO something? Har, har! Well, I thought it great that amateur radio was saved by the institution of VE's since the Reagan budget cuts nearly ended the phenomenon of ham radio. I was surprised getting back in to the activity in about 2008 how much MORE freq spectrum was available compared to the late 40's, early 50's. This was all from the efforts of the ARRL and the participation of hams and new candidates.

    What I am doing right now is trying to build an antenna coupler to work with a non-resonant end-fed wire. Considering I have no idea what I am doing, something practical and repeatable may result. The Elmer who got me cranked up on this is prominent in SOTA ops with QRP and 33 foot wires tossed up in trees! He has worked EVERYWHERE on 5 watts and less. So I think that a simple antenna like an end-fed wire should be usable 80 to 10 meters, easy to put up, easy to put BACK up after a storm and reasonably efficient with a simple tuner that anyone can build. So simple a cave man can do it! Har, har!
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  8. W5UAA

    W5UAA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I try to share what I do.

    1. A couple of local club members (14 of them) said they're interested in morse code. So I said, "sure, I'll teach a morse code class." After six weeks, only three of them were left and I saw them copy 5 WPM from nothing 6 weeks earlier. Bugged them for several months saying I'd be glad to elmer them on their first CW contact. Bugged them for several months saying, come on over and make your first contact at my station, I'll back you up. That was last year. Last I heard, they still haven't made a CW contact.

    2. A couple asked me to do a presentation at the club meeting about digital communications. Broke it up into three consecutive meetings. Treated it like I treat the computer classes I teach at the local community college. Started with a little history, then with CW (On/Off), AM, SSB, RTTY (tones and characters), SSTV and packet (frames). Then on through many of the HF digital modes today (carrier/modulation/frames). Then on through the VHF/UHF voice digital modes -- DStar, Fusion, DMR, P25 (modulation/frames). And finally, to top it off, what "trunking" is and how it works. They always left after my presentation with GLAZED EYES.

    3. The ring tones in my phone are Morse Code: "Love" (my wife), "Hello" (someone in my contacts list), "CQ" someone NOT in my contact list. Occasionally, someone notices and asks, "Is that Morse Code?" I say, "YES" and tell them about the local club and what I do with contesting, DXing and rag chewing with folks across the states (these days...).

    What else can I do? I'm open to suggestions. I guess I'll view your video now.

    I don't think anybody gives a 5h17 about ham radio any more since the proliferation of cell phones, internet and TVs flashing everywhere now-a-days.
  9. VK5SW

    VK5SW Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hi Martin. Thanks for the video.
    I think that in order to promote our hobby well, you need to feel passionate about your individual way of promoting it. Otherwise, after a while, you will tend to give it a miss. In my case, many years ago, a friend of mine gave me a computer program which enables you to build websites. After trying it out, I found that I really enjoyed the creative side of it. It certainly suited me. So, the current version of my AR website is the result of persistence and enjoyment of doing it. Without the enjoyment, I would have given up the idea very quickly. So, my point is, that if you want to promote our hobby, you need to feel really good about your way of promoting it. The results, I believe, in your promotion, have a direct relationship with your feelings about doing it. 73, Rob. www.vk5sw.com
  10. KI4CFS

    KI4CFS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks so much for what you are doing. I wish I could have been in your CW class. The "Glazed Eyes" if I was teaching is my failure at a teacher not breaking it down enough and I would love to have been in your class. Love having the ring tone! I disagree that no one cares and it is true that there are more distractions than before. Thanks so much for taking the time to respond!!!
    Here is my final article on the topic. http://ki4cfs.com/what-can-we-do-to-grow-the-ham-radio-hobby/ Hope to chat with you sometime on the radio. Also if you have something to add to the article I will add it to the bottom with other contributions ;) KI4CFS

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