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eHam.net Survey

Survey Question
How many people have you personally motivated enough about Amateur Radio for them to study and earn a license?
  Posted: Jul 19, 2016   (260 votes, 16 comments) by KA2VTI

  1
  2
  3-5
  6-10
  10 or more
    (260 votes, 16 comments)

Survey Results
1 27% (70)
2 22% (57)
3-5 31% (80)
6-10 8% (22)
10 or more 12% (31)

Survey Comments
BSA Radio Merit Badge
I taught BSA Radio merit badge one winter camp about ten years ago. Of the 22 boys, 11-12 stayed awake long enough to pass, of those twelve, 2 went on to get their Ticket.

Posted by AD5TD on July 27, 2016

zero
Zero would have been my answer had it been a choice.

Posted by W7WQ on July 27, 2016

Zero
Is it possible to motivate someone who isn't
interested?

Posted by K4EZD on July 23, 2016

Teaching
In 1964, 17 yrs of age, WA0FSM, stood in front of a
large class of wonderful attentive people, all my senior,
as I nervously presented the Novice class curriculum.
I was honored by their attention, acceptance and
patience. Many went on to pass the local Federal exam
session at the Wichita KG&E building.
Now at 70, I look back with a smile and silently thank all
those "students" who helped me grow up!
Now, a little over two years back in the HAM world as an
Extra W5GLO, I set in the local club meeting in awe, at
the knowledge and wisdom of my Elmers who have
grown with the changes, and continued learning! Life is
short, find joy in the way things are today. 73's, Marv

Posted by W5GLO on July 21, 2016

Taught at Schools
I had introduced to many people, young and old
(Over 40 years).. Not only did many passed the Ham
licenses, in many cases launched their career....!
(In Telecoms)

Great Hobby

NN2X

Tom

Posted by NN2X on July 21, 2016


Living here in the Pacific Northwest with the Cascadia Subduction Zone potential to slip at any time, I find a lot more interest in people of all ages to get a ham license for emergency communications ... and many of these show an added interest in ARES and RACES operations locally.

Posted by K7AAT on July 20, 2016

Inspiration
I have found that the people I have drawn into ham radio over the years have had various reasons for getting into the hobby, but they all had an interest in socializing. A good teacher has an ability to inspire curiosity and exploration. They draw people to what is being taught or exampled. By the general tenor of most of the posts here, I wouldn't be too drawn or interested with the 'sour grapes' attitude either. While negatives will always be present, I choose to see the positives in people and inspire them. I wish I didn't have to explain why such a hobby like ham radio that is supposed to be ambassadorial in nature has such lemon suckers and critics...

Posted by KF8HW on July 20, 2016

Goose egg
I echo the comments by KB2HSH and W4KVW. I have exposed a few to the hobby, some find it interesting until discovering they have to study and take an "exam", then they can't run away fast enough. When CW was still a requirement, NOBODY was interested. The few who showed slight interest were hard-core CB'ers who I figured would be a detriment to the hobby so never "recruited" them. People today want it handed to them for no effort on their part, even then, I bet they would not stay in the hobby for long.

Posted by LONESTRANGER on July 20, 2016

Goose egg
I echo the comments by KB2HSH and W4KVW. I have exposed a few to the hobby, some find it interesting until discovering they have to study and take an "exam", then they can't run away fast enough. When CW was still a requirement, NOBODY was interested. The few who showed slight interest were hard-core CB'ers who I figured would be a detriment to the hobby so never "recruited" them. People today want it handed to them for no effort on their part, even then, I bet they would not stay in the hobby for long.

Posted by LONESTRANGER on July 20, 2016

Kind of a waste for me.
Back when a general or above could
administer a 'by mail' test I supplied
some great code tapes and helped with the
study material and gave the Novice and
Tech test(s) to about six or seven people
including my (at the time) future wife.

The results.....one of my wife's students
and my wife eventually went before the FCC
and got their Advanced tickets, much later
two got to general by finally waiting for
the 'grandfather' thing to sweep them in
(and I DO mean swept!).

The rest seem to have dropped out over
time; my wife keeps the ticket up but if
'cattle prodded' into the shack probably
would have a hard time finding the radios'
power switch.

What I'm getting at is it someone wants to
get a licence, I'd suggest they procure a
study guide and have at it but leave me
out!

Posted by K0CBA on July 20, 2016

Motivated into Amateur Radio
Since 1994 at least 7 or 8.I know it's not a
hobby for everyone & some I know I would
never want on Amateur Radio because I know
they would not be an asset.

Posted by W4KVW on July 19, 2016

Zero Is An Option, Too...
The subject line above says it all...

Posted by VE3CUI on July 19, 2016

ZERO
Today's current brand of "ham" or "is that CB?" is too stupid to understand the nuances of AMATEUR RADIO. They want "iPhone Radio", or "I don't want to STUDY radio...gimme my license for nothing".

I'm done elmering because of this stupidity.

KB2HSH

Posted by KB2HSH on July 19, 2016

Only the ex-wife.
Nobody I show this hobby to is even remotely
interested. Most find it amusing for some
reason, or think it is CB. My ex got her
ticket to keep tabs on me lol.

Posted by WB4M on July 19, 2016

If you want to give back
If you want to give back to the amateur service, become a volunteer examiner. As a VE you can proctor tests, and you can also help out with training classes.
No you don't have to be an amateur extra. Lower grades are welcome and usually find other VE's that will encourage and help them to move up.
It is a great feeling to know that you helped to welcome new hams and upgrade others by administering the tests.

Posted by AI2IA on July 19, 2016

Zero should be an option so I picked 1 for
me. For the last 40 year I've been 100% CW
never a very motivating mode even 40 years
ago.

Posted by WY4J on July 19, 2016

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