My mother always said, when somebody or some group was claiming false positives ( that's when you say you are smart with bad breathe and bad grammar), " Oh but to give us, to see ourselves as others see us."
I have made some very good critical points here only to be called a self hating ham or a trolling vermin. I assure you nothing is further from fact.
Now, I only had one intelligent response here to my question: If you read FCC part 97.1 (basis and purpose) of HR, not one of those justified purposes really holds today. In fact, the easy pre published anybody can pass, answers to written exams and the no code, would make it virtually impossible for contributing to communication art or science. Its like saying a high school graduate suddenly has won a Nobel in Physics.
However, isn't the writing on the wall? Especially when you monitor most day in and our frequencies. Old white men outgassing about nothing.
But, what does that say about the general public's perception of HR. No, they are not impressed with huge forty meter Yagi and 100 feet. They don't care about full grown men on a safari in an RV park.
In fact the news seems to say, the public would not care if the FCC would end HR tomorrow. In fact many would say, the hobby is grand father's sports when he isn't taking Malox.
Well, just do you surveys of general public and come back and report!