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Leezy
Leezy Jul 12 '16
Anyone else on here interested in the hobby of Amateur Radio?
billyHill Moderator
billyHill Jul 12 '16
a long long, long time ago I was, Leezy. There may be others here on the site that still are.

I've been amazed at what used to be a base station with a massive heater can now fit in your hand and in a glove box.
spectrumAU Moderator
spectrumAU Jul 12 '16
Billy holding a radio = ham radio


**chuckle**


Leezy
Leezy Jul 13 '16

Quote from billyHill a long long, long time ago I was, Leezy. There may be others here on the site that still are.

I've been amazed at what used to be a base station with a massive heater can now fit in your hand and in a glove box.

Thanks for the reply Billy.

Yes I agree it's really hard to believe how small & cheap some of these new radios are now (and probably even cover more frequencies too!)

I also think that the rise in popularity of the internet has had a major negative impact on the hobby as most people can now communicate instantly with anybody else they want to from a handheld device out in the middle of nowhere whenever they feel like it without having to worry about gaining any licence, building/buying any radio equipment or erecting antennae etc.
billyHill Moderator
billyHill Jul 13 '16
I gotta admit that is pretty logical thinking Leezy. I completely forgot about the FCC licensing. I know at least some of the portable units now can operate on antennas the size of a CB antenna. I've even seen them with built in ones.

Digital tuners have now replaced crystals and variable capacitors, so there are many more channels to be had... however what good does building a highway do if there are no people to use it???

I'm sure the Feds have stats on the current licensing, and that won't come near the actual figure if you include all of the outlaw users. It may be interesting to look it up one day just to see if the #'s have risen or declined with the internet age now upon us......
Leezy
Leezy Jul 14 '16
Yes, it's amazing to think that it's only just over 1 generaration ago that nobody had even heard of communicating instantly without some kind of physical connection (or 'wire' if you like) and look at the world today, where you can talk relatively cheaply to anyone on the otherside of the world even while you sit on a beach or in the middle of a park somewhere!

I'm quite sure you'll find that there aren't the number of 'hams' in the world today compared to twenty or thirty years ago, but I could be wrong. I guess it is a lot easier to get into the hobby these days (especially with no requirement to learn Morse anymore) and equipment is so much cheaper too.

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