Traditional Aspects of Ham Radio May Not Be Attractive to Newcomers:
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October 5, 2017
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IARU President: Traditional Aspects of Ham Radio May Not Be Attractive to Newcomers:
The 24th General Conference of International Amateur Radio Union Region
https://www.iaru-r1.org/) convened September 17-23 in
Landshut, Germany, with representatives of 40 member-societies present
and another 13 represented by proxy. IARU President Tim Ellam,
VE6SH/G4HUA, welcomed the attendees, urging them to reflect upon what
will attract the majority of young people into Amateur Radio, "and what
our mutual expectations should be." Ellam said his personal observation
is that, while some younger people are interested in the more
traditional aspects of Amateur Radio, many are only interested in ham
radio as an adjunct to other possibly unrelated interests.
IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA.
"I applaud the excellent work that has been undertaken in this
region through the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA
https://www.ham-yota.com/) program." Tim said, crediting the hard
work of IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group Chair Lisa Leenders, PA2LS.
YOTA's summer Amateur Radio camps have attracted young hams from around
the world; this year's was held in the UK.
"Our ambition should be to embrace these individuals in their
activities and accept that some of the more traditional aspects of the
hobby will hold little interest to them, and, indeed, may no longer be
relevant," he continued. "That is not to say that some are not enthused
with what we all hold as the core of our hobby, such as contesting or
operating generally. I fear, though, that we need to look at what will
attract the new generations to Amateur Radio and make sure we promote
Amateur Radio as meeting their needs, rather than promoting the
historical view of what Amateur Radio has to offer."
Delegates to the 24th IARU Region 1 General Conference. The Deutsche
Amateur Radio Club (DARC) was the host for the conference, which is
held every 3 years.
Delegates to the plenary adopted a proposal that all IARU bodies and
member-societies pressure national regulators to implement all
recommendations that protect the amateur bands. They also approved
initiating a simple noise-measuring campaign among Region 1
member-societies, giving IARU the ability to offer an independent
opinion on the noise situation in the bands and trends over time.
Region 1's highest recognition, the Roy Stevens, G2BVN, Memorial
Trophy, was conferred upon Colin Thomas, G3PSM, for his outstanding
contribution to Amateur Radio and the work of the IARU over several
The full Conference Report
available on the IARU Region 1 website. Read more
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