[amsat-bb] Re: Vanishing Hams

Bruce Bostwick lihan161051 at sbcglobal.net
Thu Jul 17 06:36:09 PDT 2008

And they don't see that as a wide-open opportunity to get involved in  
it and leave their mark on it in a big way.  Which is short-sighted of  
them, IMHO, but they do let their perception of the "ham radio  
culture" get in the way of the more fundamental thing, which is free  
spectrum to experiment with and find new ways to use.  The trick is  
showing them how ham radio poses many of the same challenges they love  
to tackle on the cutting edge of other sorts of open-source systems,  
and (with a few exceptions in the seedier parts of some HF bands) the  
culture is a secondary concern at best ..

On Jul 17, 2008, at 6:38 AM, Ben Jackson wrote:

> No, the technology available to youths today has become so pervasive
> that the majority of non-techies is using it. There are still the  
> geeks
> and nerds sitting in the back room playing with technological toys,  
> they
> just into Ham Radio. They think Ham Radio is a technological dead end
> and a just a bunch of old guys talking to each other about their  
> medical
> problems. Sadly, for the most part, they're right.

"Almost nothing that trickles down is fit to consume." -- Davidson Loehr

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