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eHam.net Survey

Survey Question
When you tell people that you are a Ham Radio Operator how do they react?
  Posted: Apr 12, 2017   (1194 votes, 72 comments) by KR5QA

  Interested and ask questions.
  Acknowledge the statement but move to a new topic.
  Indifferent.
  Have no clue about Ham Radio.
  Call you a geek, nerd, etc..
  Confuse it with CB Radio and say something like, "Breaker-Breaker" or "10-4 Good Buddy."
    (1194 votes, 72 comments)

Survey Results
Interested and ask questions. 19% (225)
Acknowledge the statement but move to a new topic. 14% (173)
Indifferent. 19% (228)
Have no clue about Ham Radio. 25% (296)
Call you a geek, nerd, etc.. 3% (34)
Confuse it with CB Radio and say something like, "Breaker-Breaker" or "10-4 Good Buddy." 20% (238)

Survey Comments
Like Quilting or Fishing
I often get the question: "Why do you do that? I can
talk/text around the world right from my phone."
Invariably, I have to remind them that this is a HOBBY,
and one that has been responsible for some significant
advances in communications, over the years. "If I want a
nice quilt to keep warm, I can run down to Penney's or
Macy's, etc., and buy one that'll do just fine. However,
people still make quilts and join quilting circles for the
camaraderie and the ability to put one's personal touch on
a finely-crafted piece of work." When that draws an odd
glance or two, I'll try :"...or like Fishing. If I want a nice
piece of fish, a quick run to the seafood department of the
local supermarket does the trick. However, people still
spend vast sums on fishing gear, tackle, boats, trips, etc.,
for the fun and sport involved." That generally draws an
understanding nod and a polite smile, before eliciting a
"How about those [fill in your favorite team name]?"

Posted by KD2JAU on July 3, 2017

Is that an App?
They often say something like:
1. Is ham radio an App? and pull out their
smartfone to look for it
2. Can I download that?

Posted by KQ6XA on June 10, 2017

Say, What If…?
What if they posted a survey question here, and then forgot
all about it for some 1-1/2 months…

...And nobody cared --- not even even one little bit…?!

Posted by VE3CUI on June 7, 2017

Confusing with C.B.
I have had a few people after going into a
detailed description of the hobby actually
figure out that it really wasn't C.B. at all
that a relative had did or knew about the
hobby. C.B. was the easiest and first thing
that jumped into their head as they had a
C.B. their self or a family member did.

Posted by N8GBU on June 4, 2017

Camping--YES!
Thank You, W1WOW... I agree, Ham Radio is like going camping! I like "Roughing It". There is nothing like talking to other people across the Globe -or- even across Town on one's own Amateur Radio Station! 73' George, AA7LX.

Posted by AA7LX on June 2, 2017

W1WOW --- EXACTLY
Your comments are so very "spot-on."

Ham radio has been left in the dust of ever-advancing
technology that assaults us each & every day, & in
practically all aspects, too --- but it's so very nice &
comforting sometimes to settle back & to do things "…the
old fashioned way."

Kinda like baking bread at home, when you can just as
easily buy a loaf at the corner store...or ANYTHING that
might be deemed as somehow being "D.I.Y."

Posted by VE3CUI on June 1, 2017

Think of Ham Radio as Camping...
Think of Ham Radio as Camping...

Why to people go camping?? They have houses, electricity, running water, heating and cooling, soft cushy beds.

People go camping not because they haven't a home but because they enjoy the riggers of going old school and "ruffing" it a bit without all the modern day luxuries.

Ham Radio is sorta the same thing. Sure most of us have cellphones, laptops and iPads, etc. BUT we like to go camping! We pull out the wire antennas, the ham rig or HT and we do things alternatively for FUN! Just like camping. Simple.

Jason
W1WOW

Posted by W1WOW on May 31, 2017

HAM, what's a HAM?
Most seem to know of HAM but no details or they associate it with CB, until I point out that most all Astronauts on ISS are HAMs and there is a HAM Station aboard for their enjoyment - ISS has no CB's aboard.

CB has 40 channels - HAMs have a million type channels.

HAMs can talk via HAM Satellites and I've never heard of a CB Satellite.

The next comment will be do you chase Tornadoes too? Which I tell them HAMs are not typically "Chasers" we are trained NOAA Spotters to spot from a safe position or bail out of an unsafe threat position. HAM Spotters goal is to save lives. Most "Chasers" are into making money filming it or Adrenalin junkies seeking the thrill of it!

Many seem to know the term HAM only due to Grandpa or a Great Uncle was a HAM. Those seem to have an interest in learning more about what/why their family member did as a HAM.

Sometimes they say oh ya I saw that HAM in that John Travolta movie, or in Frequency - can you really talk back in time?

It is fun explaining but I also see that I overwhelm them with techno babble and possibilities that can scare them off - so I've learned to temper the vastness of what we HAMs CAN do - to answer specific questions 'simply' for their consumption/interest.

Posted by N6JSX on May 27, 2017

CB - Really?
I was surprised reading the comments that there are so many reactions asking about CB radio. CB had its heyday 40 years ago, and has been in decline ever since! I'm surprised anyone under 30 even knows what it is. Even truckers seldom use it anymore.
FRS has kind of caught on with techy kids, but face it -- we are dinosaurs. How cool is talking to someone far away, when you can ask a glowing cylinder on your dining room table to turn on your sprinklers or remind you of a recipe?

Posted by W1HRD on May 25, 2017

HAM's are nerds
Sometimes even caught in action and being
asked about what am I doing on a beach with
all these wires, I stood elusive and while
pointing a finger upwards to a sky, were
answering with counter question: Do You know
something about the ionosphere? Ugh, usually
it is enough.. usually only some passing by
ladies got it deeper into..
This is really all about being a nerd, just
try to face the reality, buddy! HAM's are
pointless nerds!

Posted by YL3GND on May 23, 2017

HAM's are nerds
Sometimes even caught in action and being
asked about what am I doing on a beach with
all these wires, I stood elusive and while
pointing a finger upwards to a sky, were
answering with counter question: Do You know
something about the ionosphere? Ugh, usually
it is enough.. usually only some passing by
ladies got it deeper into..
This is really all about being a nerd, just
try to face the reality, buddy! HAM's are
pointless nerds!

Posted by YL3GND on May 23, 2017

Here is what I get from non-hams
From the (millenial) offspring of a ham:
"What is ham radio? Why do I need that? My
smartphone is one tenth the cost. I dont need
a license. I dont need a test. I can talk to
anyone. It takes much less space. No CCRs. No
antenna problems." Just a starter.
Explanations about skills, knowledge,technical
understanding, greater issues, accomplishment,
etc., fall on deaf ears. The throw-away
economics, instant gratification, appliance
operator mindsets, pride-in-ignorance
imperatives have all taken over. Model trains,
model aircraft, model boats also in decline;
today everything comes out of a box,
preassembled, ready to go. No work. Just pay
money and plug it in.

Posted by W4PON on May 22, 2017

Some are amazed
I'm 66 and living in the house I grew up in.
Outside in the front yard stands a tree that was
planted by the city in 1950. When I was first
licensed during 1967 I attached the end of my
40 meter inverted vee to a branch which has
now grown around what is left of the old bell
wire. A close up photo of the branch and wire sit
framed in my living room. Visitors ask about the
strange photo and of course the conversation
eventually leads to a walk outside where they
can actually see the wire and the branch. For
some reason it creates great interest and then I
show my old QSL card from the Queen Mary
radio room when it was docked in Long Beach. I
speak of the time the USS Pueblo was captured
by the North Koreans and we could monitor
broadcasts from Radio Havana Cuba of our guys
begging for our government to admit we were
spying. The signals coming from a doomed
russian space mission that local hams tuned
into. History, real history of ham radio. During
the late 60's my station was featured in a photo
story in the local paper. Ham Radio was in the
forefront then, computers were yet to hit the
market and nobody had ever heard the word
'internet'

Posted by WD40 on May 20, 2017


When non Hams see Shack photos they often
point out the inevitable computer and remark
" Why don't you use that ".
I reply we do that too and show them the Echolink app :)

G3SEA/KH6

Posted by G3SEA on May 19, 2017

I dropped in to help a buddy of mine
collect an old but pristine Henry 2K
console amp from the home of a very senior
operator - he was giving it away. His very
charming XYL looked at me like I was a
Martian and said with a distinct British
accent: "You're a ham radio operator? I
thought the're all dead." I looked back at
her, smiled, tipped my hat and said "Not
hardly, Ma'am". No kidding.

The Henry works great, BTW, though it
weighs a ton.

Posted by K6BRN on May 14, 2017

I don't tell people that my antennas are for amateur radio anymore because when I used to I always got that DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS STARE from them.

Now I tell my neighbors that I use all that aluminum in the air to listen to and to track Russian and North Korean boats and subs off of the Oregon coast, it always results in a look of fear.

Posted by WB8VLC on May 13, 2017

Good use for CW. . .
After they confuse amateur radio with CB and then again confuse it with the H-T crowd, I tune in some CW on the bottom of 40 or 20 and "head copy" some call signs to them. Doesn't seem to have to be anything over 10 wpm. . . and it doesn't have to be anything like JA's, or VU2's. . . I don't even have to break into a QSO or make a contact, just read the CW for them. If they show any interest, and don't just go numb with their eyes glazed over,I show them a handheld and explain how easy it is for them to get their own "ticket" via the online practice tests and our local VE monthly testing. . .

Posted by WA9VEZ on May 13, 2017

W8LV The Usual Question:
I usually get the question: "How far can you
talk to someone?"



Posted by W8LV on May 10, 2017

Need to know basis
I love it when someone looks at my
antennas and or equipment and asks, "what
in the world is all of this?" I say
nothing, and switch the subject. That
gets them curious. The next time they
come over, they mention it again, but I
say nothing. I do however, have all of
the equipment on and powered up. That
really gets their mind racing. If they
ignore it, then that is best so that I do
not have to waste my time explaining it to
them. The next time that I am around
them, I say something like, "Well, got to
go now...my associates in Russia,
Australia, or (you name the place) are
expecting me. Now they either want to see
it in action or simply leave. Their
choice. If they want to see, then I
change the subject and move on. Now they
HAVE to know. After a brief moment of an
abbreviated explanation, they always come
out with "you mean with no cell phone or
internet?" Man, who are you?

Posted by WD4MB on May 10, 2017

As a millennial myself, I have a 100% record
of "I have no idea what you are talking about"
with any acquaintances I mention ham radio to.

From one Gen X'er I got a "you mean that thing
old guys do".

Posted by KF7NCD on May 6, 2017

Oh, your the one who is messing up my TV.

Posted by N6KP on May 5, 2017

Why do you do it?
I often get replies like those already
mentioned: how far can you talk - is it like
CB - my uncle was a ham - and so on.
But the most insightful question so far is -
why do you do it? Well, I love it - building
and homebrewing, CW fast (for me) and slow -
SSB and DXing - QSL cards - and Nets. But
overall, it is the MAGIC of Radio. I find
myself taking a walk, and evaluating the
trees for antenna wires. :)

Posted by W3TTT on May 5, 2017

well
It used to be something if you were a ham operator. Nowdays, with the bullshit lil handitalkies and Johnny Emergency boy, I never tell anyone I'm a ham.

Posted by W7WQ on May 4, 2017

Try this
If you were/are one of the "Interested and
ask questions" voters, try letting them
listen to 7.200 for a while and then see if
they are still 'interested' in amateur
radio.....If they are, you are dealing with a
sociopath.

Posted by K0CBA on May 4, 2017

From a Millennial recently, obviously out of their "safe room".........."why don't you just use a smart phone to make a call?" I smiled and walked away. Quickly I might add.
Clueless!

Posted by KD2HQX on May 4, 2017

Just got one today
a "Ham radio is still around?" First one of those in many years.

Posted by N3EG on May 2, 2017

long path
Some will tell me their uncle was a ham, but most just feign interest for a few seconds to be polite and then change the subject. The only time I get a positive reaction is if they ask me how far I can reach and I tell them "Northern Ireland by long path. That's pointing the antenna southwest and going the long way around. That happened in 1997. It sounded like an echo chamber because I could hear him on both long path and short path at the same time, but the long path signal was stronger." They are usually impressed but few are interested enough to ask any more questions.

Posted by KI4QG on May 2, 2017

Closet Hams
I own and work at a business where it turns
out many of my customer's are Hams and I
never knew until I got my license. I'm in
Auto repair and when I move a car into shop
that has a Ham radio I always ask them about
it.
One lady customer who is very pleasant to
look at acknowledges that her kids think she
is a nerd. She definitely breaks the
stereotype of a woman Ham operator.

Posted by KG7YSE on May 2, 2017

"Is that like CB?"
When we have our backyard BBQ's, I notice friends
looking up at the A3S and wondering what it's for.
Then my wife makes a comment about me being a
ham operator. "Is that like CB" and "How far have you
reached" are the two most common questions.

Not one guest has ever asked to see the ham shack. I
get the impression the technology is archaic by
todays standards. If I do show them the shack I get
the impression they are overwhelmed when I try to
explain how it works.

They often ask "what do you talk about" to which I
say "not much, but I'm always 59!"

Posted by VE3TMT on May 2, 2017

Maybe they are right
Yep - Yep --- I should have expected something like that.
It is not the first time I have got something like that from
the ham community. What I wrote was not a lie. The
reaction is just hard to explain. Maybe they should run
away, if they think we are like KU5Q. I was just making a
comment and sharing

Posted by KI4JGN on May 2, 2017

Boring...
"Usually, when I mention that I a ham
radio operator, I
just get this weird stare and silence for
a few seconds. It
is like they are trying to process what I
just said. Maybe
they have heard the term, but do not know
what it is or
they have a strange mental image of what a
ham
operator is. Anyway, after the silence
stops, they usually
get a slight grin and change the subject
or they act like
they want to run away from me. You know,
like you
would from a weird mentally desturbed
person.
Posted by KI4JGN on May 1, 2017"

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Make your lies more interesting and use
the spell check.

Stupid post.........

Posted by KU5Q on May 1, 2017

Not a big deal.
Good you took this section.

Keep up the good work.

Posted by KU5Q on May 1, 2017

Dead air and a dead stare
Usually, when I mention that I a ham radio operator, I
just get this weird stare and silence for a few seconds. It
is like they are trying to process what I just said. Maybe
they have heard the term, but do not know what it is or
they have a strange mental image of what a ham
operator is. Anyway, after the silence stops, they usually
get a slight grin and change the subject or they act like
they want to run away from me. You know, like you
would from a weird mentally desturbed person.

Posted by KI4JGN on May 1, 2017

Ham Radio Operator?
I get lots of different responses.Many are
interested because they have heard the term &
never really knew what it was.Some just say oh
that sounds cool & others just have no
reaction at all.A few think it's like CB but
just a few.A few have ask what it takes too
become a Ham Operator & some have told me
about others they know or have known that were
also Ham Operators.Most kids have no idea what
one is & have never heard the term.

Posted by W4KVW on April 30, 2017

All of the above
I've heard most of those comments, but lack of
interest most prevalent. Yes 25-30 years ago
people seemed impressed with me making an auto
patch phone call with my 2 meter HT. A lot of
preppers are bootleggers; I know some who use
marine vhf rigs for their "comms". Technology
is rendering us obsolete.

Posted by WB4M on April 27, 2017

TVI ...
Best response I ever got to the mention of
ham radio: "Man, you sure can mess up
peoples' TVs with those things!"

Posted by K9CTB on April 24, 2017

Be Thankful...
It's a good thing the hobby is slightly obscure and "not cool". When things
become too popular they they tend to loose their essence. Technical people I
know seem to still know and recognize it's existence and relevance. That's
good enough.

But when I get people visiting for social events, my wife usually tells
people about projects I'm working on. Then I have to let them listen to
satellites or make a contact.

Universally people are amazed. Kids too. Though most of my radios are
computer driven SDR so they don't see the equipment as the equivalent of a
"Victrola" .

When I post things about ham radio to social media I get a very positive
response from non-hams as well. Though most people I know are technically
involved or educated people.

I've made a few videos on Youtube as well which have done ok. Positive
comments from hams and non-hams. One was an Olivia contact to Tasmania.
Sometimes I live stream when I'm making contacts... some people hang around
to watch.

So I think an appropriate level of interest is there for the right people.

Posted by KD8TUT on April 24, 2017

Talk It Up
I tell a lot of people that I am a Ham
Radio Operator. 80% of them are
interested. Several have asked if the
hobby was still around because they
haven't heard anything about it in years.
(As we know it is alive and doing well
with more and more licensed Hams
worldwide). Most comments relate to
emergency communications. They have no
idea that when a hurricane, tornado or
other major weather event comes through,
the first thing to go out is cell phones,
then land lines. What's left? We are!
Just by talking about it I have had
several people get their ticket. (Even a
neighbor who had a license when he was a
youth, got his license and a station.) I
also am a BSA Merit Badge Counselor and
participate in JOTA every year, which
stirs interest in the youth.
Talk up Ham Radio....after all, it's what
we do best, Communicate! 73 everyone,
Wesley W7WES

Posted by W7WES on April 23, 2017

Ham Radio
What about our hobby makes us think that anyone should be anymore interested than if we said bird watching was our hobby?

Posted by KD8OSD on April 22, 2017

Indifference
Prior to the popularity of cell phones and the internet, folks would ask questions and marvel at what you could do with an amateur setup, but now instant world-wide communication is available to everyone with no studying, not tests, no rules. Far less questions these days.

Posted by W6SWO on April 21, 2017

Indifferent.
and they Have no clue about Ham Radio.
when you explain how how you can Talk to the World - - you then can't demonstrate that, because the Propagation is so Lousy,
and then they just laugh & walk away.

or get out their Mob 'Ph and call someone.
- just to be a smart ass.

Posted by VK6IS on April 20, 2017

25 Years Ago
25 Years ago the answer might have been "Interested and ask questions". Back then some people at least heard something about ham radio. Today they seem to have no clue, but that's just the way it is these days. It's no one's fault really. It's "progress" after all. A lot of technical advantages have occurred in the 25 years since I became a ham.

25 years ago (without making an expensive phone call). It was impossible to talk around the world without a ham license and a HF radio unless maybe you talked 'skip' on CB. Today anyone can talk to anyone around the world on their phones through the internet. Even D-Star relies on the internet.

While technological advances are good things they also have consequences too. A good example is an old packet radio video that I viewed (from 1992). It was amazing how ham radio operators were connected up back then through packet radio. They were able to send messages and "email" all over the country and even the world without even knowing about the internet.

The consequences of the rise of the internet was the gradual lack of interest in ham radio and radio itself. Today we rely on the internet way too much. It's only when the internet goes down that we realize how much we depend on it.

We need to have 'store and forward' systems and networks in place for when it does go down. We did 25 years ago with packet radio but we got away from that and it is going to come back and bite us one day.

We need to get others interested in ham radio. While watching various ham radio videos on YouTube, I noticed that the 'Prepper Community' has taken an interest in ham radio. Some even have taken an interest in packet radio again as evidenced in the 'Comsprepper' videos. That's a good start. Perhaps if we tell perspective hams that they can communicate without relying on the internet, that might get their interest.

Where will ham radio be 10 or 20 years from now? It's anyone's guess. But relying on the grid to communicate and taking it for granted is not the answer.





Posted by W4KYR on April 20, 2017

Eyes glaze over
I don't bother to tell anyone anymore. When I first got my novice ticket I told everyone-
no one cared.Now I have a roll top desk that I close when we have company and it stays closed unless I am using the station.

Posted by K2MMO on April 20, 2017

Techno-Numbness
I think that people of 2017 are simply numbed by all of the
electronics that's around them to-day: cellphones, texting
devices, ipads, etc. etc. etc.

Their idea is, "Why do I need all that stuff on your table to
'maybe' talk to Australia, when all I hafta do is pick-up this
little cellphone in my hand, & dial the number…?"

We Hams are the techno-geeks of to-day, only several
decades removed. Life marches on, I'm afraid!

Posted by VE3CUI on April 20, 2017

Today
Half a billion hours of Adam Sandler movies have been
streamed on demand since December 2015.

That's where our society is today.

Posted by K5TED on April 19, 2017

Today
Half a billion hours of Adam Sandler movies have been
streamed on demand since December 2015.

That's where our society is today.

Posted by K5TED on April 19, 2017

Friends or guests come into the home and see the shack and
are not impressed. Ask no questions even if it is on and making
noises! Kids are the least interested

Posted by K6XR on April 19, 2017

HOA & CCR Silence
Seems to me quite a few just keep being a ham close to the vest, lest the HOA or CCR noozy bodies catch wind of a ham in the area.

Posted by K1TWH on April 18, 2017

Lots of strangers....
I'm a docent at a military history museum. I'm always surprised at how many folks "know" about ham radio. We do have a large display of military radios. Comments like "this looks like Uncle Abe's radio room" and "I had my ham ticket long ago" and "I'm a ham, do these rigs work?" etc. Now, these are the older crowd and when the youngsters come in they pretty much just walk pass the rigs without saying anything. However, once or twice a month one of the youngsters will be extremely interested in the rigs and we'll talk a bit about the ham hobby, and I'll give them some of the ARRL handouts. PS: museum call is W9VFW.

Posted by K9KUZ on April 17, 2017

Ham radio still alive?
Strange timing, I was just talking to a 40 year career engineer and I mentioned being on the air in PSK-31 this weekend. His response was "is ham radio still around"?

Posted by W0CBF on April 17, 2017

Multiple reactions
As I am in the Silicon Valley, ham radio is associated with an old guy hobby and not hip. If you are into Solar, electric cars, IoT or something cutting edge, you are cool. Ham radio is not a "hip" hobby to most of the Silicon Valley crowd. In the Silicon Valley, you have the "visual impact" requirement for houses that are not controlled by CC&Rs or part of the high density housing. Ham radio is reserved for retirees. As most people in the Silicon Valley simply do not have the time for ham radio. Commute to work, work massive hours, Commute back home, sleep, repeat.

Posted by KB6QXM on April 16, 2017

Posted by PU2LXN on April 16, 2017

None of the above...LOL!
I really don't talk to that many strangers. My friends are long time ones and know what I am about, which includes a love of radio and stereo gear. If it has lots of buttons, knobs and switches, it's a toy to enjoy!

Rick

Posted by WA7SGS on April 16, 2017

Ham Radio
Had a friend of mine at work was asking about ham radio, saying how it or what about cost , etc etc etc !!!

He was telling me he is thinking about ! I hope get invold in ham radio !


Posted by N4MJG on April 16, 2017

How do they react?
For most people I get the same reaction I'd get if I told them I collected stamps.

Posted by KF4HR on April 15, 2017

No vote on this one
because what I always hear is "My grandfather/father/uncle/etc. was a ham radio operator. He had this room full of equipment." I get this all the time. Seems like everyone had a ham in their family.

Posted by N3EG on April 15, 2017

Embroidered Shirt
My wife custom embroidered some shirts for me with a radio tower and my call sign. Perhaps one out of hundred people will ask me what it means.

Posted by K1KRK on April 14, 2017

Ham Radio
I don't give anyone a chance to divert me or avoid an answer. I can get way with it from having been a college prof for 40+ years! It's easy to engage people when they don't know that they are going to be engaged whether they like it or not.

Posted by AB3MO on April 14, 2017

The CB thing
If I mention it and I seldom do anymore, I
get a lot of "is that like CB"?

Now 'days I answer, "more than I would have
ever thought possible!!"

Posted by K0CBA on April 14, 2017

Oh, that guy...
Mention that you are a ham radio operator and the first thing that comes to people's minds is that you are the guy with the antenna farm at his house dragging down their property values!

Posted by WD4ED on April 14, 2017

I'm a Ham
When I mention I am a Ham, I usually get the comment "That's Nice" and then the subject is changed. No one really cares. It actually frustrates my wife when she tells people I am a Ham and gets that answer. I would guess that is why we are only about 0.2 percent of the population!

Posted by WA0TML on April 13, 2017

I'm a Ham Operator...
Usually, When I mention this fact, there is a
silence then... someone will say: WOW! ...
and, then I will say, "I talk around the
World." I've found that people will think
about Emergency Communications -or- they will
think about CB Radio. Otherwise, people
really have no idea what Amateur Radio is all
about.

Posted by AA7LX on April 13, 2017

identity crisis
Years ago at Boeing I acknowledged having a
hamtoid ticket with a few best buds/fellow
engineers (per the vehicle license plate
questions). Forever after, in the labs and
office meetings, they began addressing me as
"hamorrhoid"......

Posted by K8RY on April 13, 2017

When I bring up ham radio I am quick to say
it's not CB totally different you must take a
test and are licences kinda like a radio
staton.

Posted by KA5ROW on April 13, 2017

n2mg
The response that I get is, "Can you really talk around the world?"

Posted by W0VKW on April 13, 2017

Oh really
So you talk to truckers and stuff?

Posted by N0FPE on April 13, 2017

Radio Shack Stare
Just doesn't seem to be a good feeling for or intrest in the hobby for conversation purpose.


Posted by KE4EX on April 13, 2017

Often I'll get a response stating that a relative is or was
a ham.....but generally not a lot of discussion on ham
radio ensues from my announcement. If any does, it is
often guided in terms of emergency communications
type activities.

Posted by K7AAT on April 12, 2017

N2MG --- Right On
N2MG, you are so correct.

I get that most ALL of the time here, as in, "You mean there
still really IS such a thing as 'Ham radio'…? Wow!"

Posted by VE3CUI on April 12, 2017

N2MG --- Right On
N2MG, you are so correct.

I get that most ALL of the time here, as in, "You mean there
still really IS such a thing as 'Ham radio'…? Wow!"

Posted by VE3CUI on April 12, 2017

old school hobby
I don't tell anyone

Posted by SSBER on April 12, 2017

"Does 'Ham Radio' still exist?", is more like it.

Posted by N2MG on April 12, 2017

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