[amsat-bb] Vanishing hams and an after thought about young hams and sats
mat_62 at netcommander.com
Wed Jul 16 14:46:50 PDT 2008
I always read with great interest when I see references to "the graying of
the hobby" .When we start to talk about old hams I always wonder whose
definition of old we are using. I'm 45 and I certainly don't consider myself
old. I see a lot of hams my age or thereabouts at hamfest and in QST and
AMSAT journal pics etc. etc.. I once worked in the retail end of amateur
radio and I saw a lot of hams anywhere between 30 and 50 coming in and out
of the store everyday. I also saw the stereotypical old gray haired fellas
who always looked as grouchy and unhappy as they seemed. ( Funny, somehow I
envision Dave G. this way. ;-) ) I guess what I'm getting at is that it's
all a matter of perspective. To a teenager I guess I'm what Bob calls an old
fud. To me an old Fud is one of you 65 or 70 year old retired fellas. And
no, I don't think you are all old grouchy and unhappy, just some of you.
Just as an afterthought about the FM sats that always seem to draw so much
ire and drawing youth into the hobby.
Say you have a young person who shows interest in the hobby, specifically
satellites.Which way do you think you might have more success getting the
kid motivated to get his license, show them a comparetively inexpensive Dual
band HT and an Arrow antenna that is more than likely to be finacially
achievable for him/her and let them listen to grid square exchanges or maybe
witness the magic of APRS?
Or, show them your super duper decked out sat station complete with
switchable CP antennas and the latest an greatest DC to daylight rig plus
your sophisticated AZ/El tracking system that, while really impressive and
beautiful, is going to seem impossible to obtain for them? Then use the
station with all it's technical wizardry to let them listen to some fella
spend the entire pass of the SSB/CW satellite yakking about his impending
hernia operation....... Think about it.....
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