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Author Topic: Getting more new hams  (Read 2840 times)
W9ZIM
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« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2017, 05:21:30 PM »

The "magic" of ham radio used to be making distant over the air contacts with gear you built, whether it was a complete homebrewed radio station or something as simple as a dipole made from junk you found in the basement.  These days you can talk to someone on the other side of the world using a radio that fits in your pocket, also known as a smartphone, so these things have become mundane.  The internet has also shrunk the world, so finding out from a distant voice that it's currently raining in India is hard to get excited about when you can learn the same thing with a few clicks of the mouse.  For that matter, I can remember when it was still novel to be able to keep in touch with my wife over the local repeater.  These days we use instant messaging, along with everybody else.

So that's what we're "fighting" against, if you want to call it a fight.
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K0RGR
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« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2017, 01:10:03 PM »

I think eventually, we're going to have to evolve, anyway - it's becoming a problem for people to install antennas, and RFI can be a nightmare. One way of addressing these issues is through remote shared operation of some decent ham stations.

It would not be that difficult to set up a station using Skype to do the audio in both directions, as well as video so the remote user can see the radio. A licensed ham could be control operator at the local controls.

Your radio club could set up such a station, and have 'Elmers' take turns making them available to newcomers, licensed or not. Maybe we do this every weekend. During the week, licensed club members could use the station by remotely controlling it.
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