For many years now besides myself lots of other amateurs have been asking where is the hobby going and how do we attract younger people into the fold. For me, and I’m and old timer in the hobby, the thrill of the hobby has always been “how and where am I getting out to.” For others it’s been getting to know people in different places on voice or cw, and still others have their various reasons why the hobby attracts them.
There seems to be this quite struggle going on within the hobby whether digital modes are Ham Radio. For me it is part of the hobby but I know lots who would differ with me. I do believe if this hobby is going to survive we have to look at all current and future modes as part of the hobby. Times are changing and we have to change with the times and guide the current and future modes along the way. That’s how this hobby will survive.
You might have noticed I have used the word hobby quite a bit in this post. To me a hobby, whether it be Amateur Radio, Model Railroading, Stamp Collecting etc. is a group of people who have a common interest in their chosen area. Now to contradict everything I’ve just said about moving forward I saw an ad for a new Radio where anybody legally can use it. The amateur bands would be locked off for us licensed folks only, but I can’t help to think if this is where the hobby is going is it also putting nails in the coffin at the same time. I don’t know, what’s your thoughts? Am I missing something here? The comment section is open and I would like to hear your opinion.