[amsat-bb] Re: Vanishing Hams - BBC News Report

Nick Repin nickr at ncrad.com
Fri Jul 18 19:39:55 PDT 2008

It is a fundamental question we often get asked isn't it - 'Why  
amateur radio when you have a mobile phone/internet?"

In many ways it is the same answer to:

Why camp when you have a house?
Why ride a pushbike when you have a car?
Why fish when you have a fish shop?

FWIW try "AR is camping for communications". I'm surprised by how  
often people say "I never thought of it like that - now I kinda get  
why you do it."  It may not motivate people but it is Step 1.

Could wax lyrical about the 'gambling' component - hooking the big one  
when chasing DX with minimal kit, same as fishing, and they understand  
more, but maybe best not to go there ;)

73 de Nick VK2ZTY

On 18/07/2008, at 16:59, Trevor wrote:

> Seeking Scotland's radio hams
> "Colin Wight of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)  
> investigates why in the internet age there are still so many radio  
> amateurs."
> http://www.southgatearc.org/news/july2008/bbc_scotland.htm
> 73 Trevor M5AKA
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