Friday, 17 July 2020

The Uncertain Future of Ham Radio

quote [ These differing interests are manifesting in something of an analog-to-digital technological divide. As Spectrum reported in July 2019, one of the key debates in ham radio is its main function in the future: Is it a social hobby? A utility to deliver data traffic? And who gets to decide? ]

Sailing the airwaves and the interwaves.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@4:24pmGMT]

Comments

avid said @ 7:02am GMT on 23rd Jul [Score:1 Insightful]
It's a dying hobby. I say that as someone that has a general class license.

It desperately needs a modernisation of the laws surrounding it (particularly data rate and bandwidth limits that are excessively low), and some kind of standards body that can promote open & modern communication methods to compete with the current lineup of either ancient or proprietary modes.
yogi said @ 3:07pm GMT on 27th Jul [Score:1 Insightful]
First, ham radio is entirely aural. I've had a hearing loss since birth, and as it's almost 70 years later, I need visuals to speech read and cutting those off means I will not be emoting over the ham waves any time soon.

Second, in our age, as we move into Zoom and visual contact, ham will probably continue declining in use.

Third, I had a brief involvement with ham in my early teens with a beloved friend, Erc Falkoff, who was a joyous man and patient and loving. That's what I think of, when I think of ham radio...
ooo[......7 said @ 1:42am GMT on 19th Jul
I have a friend who just found a (somewhat) thriving HAM radio group and is having a great time. It was a surprise to me to find out that HAM radio is still being practiced and given our current isolation, I don't see it going away anytime soon.
steele said @ 2:16am GMT on 28th Jul
steele said @ 2:16am GMT on 28th Jul

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