What killed Ham Radio? Exactly?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KB9BVN, Apr 25, 2021.

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  1. KB9BVN

    KB9BVN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Was it the introduction of Volunteer Examiners?
    The introduction of forced incentive upgrades?
    The widespread use of single side band?
    The invention of the 10m amplifier?
    The elimination of new licenses in the Novice class?
    The elimination of new license in the the Advanced class?
    Was it PSK31?
    Was it JT65?
    Was it WSPR?
    DID Joe Taylor KILL HAM RADIO?
    DID Wayne Green kill Ham Radio?
    Did the FCC kill Ham Radio?
    OMG was it FT8???
    Was it too many QSO Parties and not enough rag chewing?
    Did the SKCC kill it?
    Was it the elimination of proven CW ability using head and hand?
    Was it the cancellation of TWO Hamventions in Ohio?
    Was it all those QRPers?
  2. WA0YDE

    WA0YDE Ham Member QRZ Page

    How do you spell T...R...O........?
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  3. AB2YC

    AB2YC Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hams killed Ham radio
    W5TTP, WA1GXC, KC5CSG and 11 others like this.
  4. KA4DPO

    KA4DPO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    :(It was progress, nothing more, nothing less.:(
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  5. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Internet Trolls.

    Internet Trolls killed amateur radio ;)

    KB2HSH, W0XA, KL4BT and 30 others like this.
  6. K2DFC

    K2DFC Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    It was killed? Nobody told me. I still use it everyday.
    WC5CW, KG4RRH, WA9JOQ and 31 others like this.
  7. AG4RT

    AG4RT Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Video killed the radio star...
    W2PNR, KT4PH, DL2JML and 12 others like this.
  8. G8FXC

    G8FXC XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    It's not dead yet, but it is looking a bit moribund! The culprit is none of the above - it's a combination of mobile phones and the internet which have quite simply taken the WOW factor out of radio communications for the youngsters that we need to get interested in the hobby to ensure its long term health. Fifty years ago, my first QSO with VK land was something amazing. My granddaughter will grow up in a world where she can simply tap a button on her tablet or laptop and have a high resolution video conversation with anyone similarly equipped in the world at a few seconds notice. It's going to be quite difficult to explain to her why it makes sense to have several thousands of pounds worth of radio equipment plus antennae that make me unpopular with neighbours in order to have an unreliable, scratchy conversation with someone on the far side of the world... At the moment, she's young enough that anything with lots of knobs and flashing lights is exciting!

    Martin (G8FXC)
    WC5CW, N8SAN, N8OVU and 26 others like this.
  9. KA0HCP

    KA0HCP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    QRZed is the hub of amateur radios' demise! ;)
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  10. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Slow news day on the Zed? Time to pull out a ham radio is dying/dead thread and wake up the troops. Oh well, back to playing around with APRS...wait, sorry guess that's dead also.

    I'll see your "ham radio is dead" thread and raise you with a "FCC brings back code" or "CB" thread.
    K7TRF, K0UO, W9FL and 9 others like this.

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