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Comment on Are Recent Technicians Getting on the Air? by Tom

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:53:33 +0000

In my immediate area (Rochester, NY) there are well over two dozen repeaters yet with the exception of three (one is permanently connected to the East Coast IRLP reflector so perhaps it doesn’t count) there’s very little activity. None of these active repeaters are club owned or sponsored. Hams have built considerable VHF/UHF infrastructure that’s going unused and that can’t possibly be attractive to someone with a new Tech license. I find myself (a Tech) spending more time on DMR now than my local repeaters. I tried mobile 10 meter SSB but that resulted in one contact in over three years of trying. Perhaps the changes the ARRL is proposing will help get Techs excited about HF I don’t know if that will happen if we can’t get them on the air to begin with. 73, Tom KC2TCK



Comment on Are Recent Technicians Getting on the Air? by Don N4KC

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 23:10:36 +0000

My survey was far, far more informal than yours, Bob. And this from a guy who was in the research business for a lot of years! I just kept getting those same answers from folks I spoke with. Keep doing what you're doing! 73, Don N4KC



Comment on Are Recent Technicians Getting on the Air? by Bob K0NR

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 23:33:12 +0000

Tom, Sorry to hear you are encountering problems. Lots of them. What is your callsign? 73, Bob



Comment on Are Recent Technicians Getting on the Air? by Tom

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 23:17:15 +0000

Are use 70 cm for 440 Quite a bit but in my case the operators on 11 m seems to have gotten a tech license or general and have moved to the FM band. They make as much stupid noises and tried to cover up other people so you can’t talk please explain to me why did I get a ham ticket when 11 m has less issues then to meter for 40. I took all my 2 m 440 Radio equipment put it in a box and put it upstairs I know with the BS going on I’m gonna get in trouble so I have a radio that does 10 m and above and I guess that’s all I’m going to use it’s a shame.



Comment on Are Recent Technicians Getting on the Air? by Bob K0NR

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 21:34:09 +0000

Don, Thanks for the comment. Reacting to your eham.net article, I too see the need for a comprehensive study that really gets after what drives to people to get/not get their ham license, get/not get on the air, join/not join the ARRL, etc. Without the data, I don't know how you build a strategy to change things. If the ARRL has such data, I've never seen it published. Have you published your survey results? 73, Bob K0NR



Comment on Are Recent Technicians Getting on the Air? by Don N4KC

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 20:32:00 +0000

Great information, Bob. I am not surprised by any of your results. If you have read my article on eHam (http://www.eham.net/articles/40931) then you know that I am an advocate of learning more about potential hams, those who attempted to get licenses and did not, those who did but never got on the air, those who got on the air but eventually dropped out, and, of course, those who have remained more or less active over a good period of time. Only through such data can we see what might attract and keep more people as a part of our wonderful hobby. I also did a far less formal survey than yours and came up with five primary roadblocks–real or perceived–that keep interested people from diving into and enjoying ham radio. They are, in no particular order, a fear: 1) of it being too technical or not technical enough; 2) of putting up an antenna; 3) of putting together a station; 4) of knowing what to do on the air so as not to be ridiculed, and; 5) of the jargon. I wrote a book, GET ON THE AIR…NOW! to attempt to overcome those fears. Great work! Thanks for sharing. 73, Don N4KC http://www.n4kc.com http://www.donkeith.com



Comment on ZF2NR: Another Slacker DXpedition by Mike Hohmann

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 18:48:08 +0000

Looks/sounds like it was a fun time, Bob. Mike KEØGZT



Comment on ZF2NR: Another Slacker DXpedition by Col

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:18:19 +0000

Great. Loved my time on ZF. Visited ZF1A station also and ZF8 & ZF9. https://dx-world.net/zf2ci-cayman-islands/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/44725068@N06/albums/72157651903062027 73 Col MM0NDX (ZF2CI, ZF8/ZF2CI & ZF9/ZF2CI)



Comment on ZF2NR: Another Slacker DXpedition by Bob K0NR

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:12:17 +0000

Barrett, Two reasons we ended up on 17m: 1) 20m tends to get jammed up with signals, even though it is wider in frequency. 2) It is more likely that other stations need the Cayman Islands on 17m. ZF is usually on the air during major HF contests but not on 17m. We had a constant pileup so we were not lacking for stations to work. 73, Bob K0NR



Comment on ZF2NR: Another Slacker DXpedition by Barrett W0ASB

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:49:03 +0000

What drove the decision to work 17m? surely 20m is a more popular (and wider) band where you could reach more people with proper 20m antennas?