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Looking back to YOUR start in Ham radio, with an eye to "...the way things are in the world" to-day, do you think that you would have become an Amateur radio operator if you were somehow miraculously the same age as when you started, but in 2014?
  Posted: Sep 11, 2014   (253 votes, 9 comments) by VE3CUI

  YES---I am just a diehard techie who loves hands-on technical things.
  NO---Far too many distractions to-day, what with Facebook, Twitter, the internet, & computers in general.
  YES---Radio offers a challenging realm totally separate from the "user friendly" stuff of to-day's world, where most ANYONE is able to participate.
  NO---I probably wouldn't even have HEARD of Ham radio in to-day's popular media & social culture, so how could I have joined the ranks?
  What does it matter? The world is what it is. You can't miraculously transform 1950, or 1960, onto the present. Every dog has its day, & Ham radio's glory days are surely, for better or worse, behind it.
    (253 votes, 9 comments)

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YES---I am just a diehard techie who loves hands-on technical things. 33% (83)
NO---Far too many distractions to-day, what with Facebook, Twitter, the internet, & computers in general. 6% (14)
YES---Radio offers a challenging realm totally separate from the "user friendly" stuff of to-day's world, where most ANYONE is able to participate. 32% (82)
NO---I probably wouldn't even have HEARD of Ham radio in to-day's popular media & social culture, so how could I have joined the ranks? 13% (33)
What does it matter? The world is what it is. You can't miraculously transform 1950, or 1960, onto the present. Every dog has its day, & Ham radio's glory days are surely, for better or worse, behind it. 16% (41)

Survey Comments
Had I started out with Android-like or
computerized menu driven stuff I never, ever,
ever, would have wanted to make that my
hobby! Can't STAND IT!! When I started, I
could get war surplus stuff, get it on the
air, talk a little, do a little CW, work a
little dx and the equipment was very easy to
operate. The complexity and difficulty of
operation of stuff like my tablet, android
phone, etc. gets in the way of enjoyment,
utterly trashes it actually...

Posted by AC7CW on September 15, 2014

Depending on the bands you're talking about...
Ham radio is either alive and well--or dead as a doornail. The HF bands are still hopping, although there are too many contests sometimes, but the higher bands are not.

Experimenters still use the high UHF bands, but the 2 mtr. and the 70 cm bands are nearly dead because of the cell phone, which has replaced short distance communications that VHF/UHF used to be used for. 220? In certain areas, maybe, but the lack of equipment on that band hurts the effort on that band.

It all comes down to one point. Ham radio is what you make it. No more--and no less. In any event, it doesn't really matter, simply because you can't bring back the past.

Posted by K1CJS on September 15, 2014

LOVE IT
AFTER 50 YEARS I STILL LOVE IT...

Posted by N6BIZ on September 15, 2014

I said No
I said NO when I grew up in the 60's and
70's there was AM radio, at night you could
here station all over the country, FM was
almost non existent in cars so at night you
would listen to AM all over the country. And
the biggie was CB everyone had one and the
100 watt amp to go with it.

Today kids do not listen to AM, all cars
have FM so why put up with static. CB is non
existent unless you dad is a truck driver,
and you possibly never seen one. So unless
you know of someone who is a ham, or you are
a techie kind of person who just happened by
chance to see or read about ham radio and
checked it out. You don't even know it exist

Posted by KA5ROW on September 13, 2014

Magic of the Ether
The fact that you can communicate with "invisible waves" still
holds the same magic as it did when I was WN2QHN in
Newton, NJ at age 13.

Even after 33 years as a computer programmer - none of the
advances in all of the various technologies have trumped the
"magic" that is wireless.

And - when combining radio with all of the computer and
digital technologies, it gets even better and is even more fun.

I design and make all of my own antennas - it is an antidote
and great therapy after sitting in front of a computer coding
all day - it exercises other parts of the brain and making
things with my hands is every bit as important as chasing the
DX with these antennas that I built - every pop rivet or bolt.

Its all good!

73,

Rich
KY6R

Posted by KY6R on September 13, 2014

Radio Is Magic!
I was introduced to ham radio by GW3IDJ (SK), but I was always tuning around the short-wave bands on our radio and was enthralled at hearing distant stations. I got my UK full licence when I was in my 20s, and have held numerous other calls since then.

There is still something magical about slinging up a piece of wire, and being able to communicate without wires, without the Internet, telephone, or any other medium in between.

I still get a thrill from using gear I've built myself, as well as having written the software for it myself - there's nothing quite like it. Long may it continue.

Posted by 5B4AIY on September 13, 2014

Talk to the World...
When I was first introduced to Amateur Radio, I was in
my late 20s. I think I would get to where I am today, in
today's technology, if I were 29 today and not 62. With a
lot more years ahead of me to do more than what I have
time left for now.
I let that first license expire. Then tested again last year
for Technician. In July this year, I passed my General.
Then on 4 Sept, passed my Extra.

Posted by KF5WAA on September 13, 2014

Magic Smoke
I was letting the Magic Smoke out of things at the tender age of 10. All my working life I was involved with technology. Amateur Radio was a natural fit.

Posted by KG4RUL on September 11, 2014

It is a calling. (Pun)
I have been a military, commercial, and amateur radio operator for fifty-two years.

The driving force behind this long adventure happened the day in high school physics class when I realized that radio receivers and transmitters when powered on and on frequency have no moving parts. This did it, and still holds me in the world of radio communications today.

Amateur radio allows you to experiment even on the air. This privilege is under utilized by most hams, and they should take full advantage of it, thereby increasing their fun and usefulness.

Nothing can compare to amateur radio.

Posted by AI2IA on September 11, 2014

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