[amsat-bb] Re: Vanishing Hams

kc6uqh kc6uqh at cox.net
Wed Jul 16 22:06:45 PDT 2008

Amateur Radio Operators are more than operators, they have the skills to 
keep thier equipment working and find inovative ways to remain on the air in 
times of emergency.

Our youth of today have become operators of electronic toys for thier own 
self amusment. The wanting to learn about things technical is considered 
anti-social by today's youth.

Either there will be a swing in attitude or we will be entering another dark 
age. The efforts of some 60 e mails I received on this subject tonight could 
have been better spent on construction of a new antenna or?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert Bruninga" <bruninga at usna.edu>
To: <K5GNA at aol.com>; <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 12:03 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Vanishing Hams

>> Today, with CB, Cell Phones, cordless phones, FRS, etc. -- 
>> everyone is a radio operator. Now, military communications
>> is done with a keyboard or microphone -- pretty much
>> universal  skills now.
> Do not overlook how kids use key-pad text-messaging as the
> greatest revolution in communications of all time...  Even some
> old-fud adults are learning how to use it..
> Then consider that APRS has had global text-messaging (and
> email) via the keypad of the D7 and D700 radios for over 10
> years now, yet how many old-fuds ever even considered using it
> or introduced this exciting new capability to their kids?
> You can even send text-messages or emails from your HT or Radio
> from anywhere on earth via any of the APRS satellites (ISS,
> GO-32, PCSAT-1, etc)...  We even suggested that everyone should
> learn how to do this and exercise it during
> Satellite-Simulated-Emergency-Tests.  You can even use any old
> TNC and any old radio to do this.  See:
> http://www.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/sset.html
>> Although the Amateur Radio Community shines when
>> there is loss  of communications during a disaster,
>> with newer technology, even that could  change.
> What is hard in ham radio is "change".  We basically have to
> wait for some ops to die in order for some new things to be
> tried and to take hold...
>> Maybe the ARRL needs to sponsor an award for bringing
>> new Hams into the community. Otherwise, someday, no
>> one will remember what those letters even  stood for.
> A good start might be to sponsor an award for old fuds that try
> something new...
> And then show it to a kid... <wink>
> P.S.  Only about 2% of ham radio operators use APRS, and
> probably only 10% of them (0.2% of all hams) have tried this
> global text messaging (or email) feature.  Yet, even 10 years
> ago, and ahead of its time we had it in Ham Radio!
>>From an old fud..
> Bob, WB4APR
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