Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Why experiment? Why not roll over and die?

Quoting N2XTS (from a recent QRZ thread on new technologies) on why ham radio's days are numbered:

It isn't the hospitals, the Part 90 encroachment, the ARRL,

It's the closed minded, living in the past old farts who refuse to accept that we are supposed to be on the forefront of communications technology. The same people who forget about our service existing to provide a trained technically minded pool of radio operators ready to be called upon to serve their communities in times of need also neglect the part about advancing the art of radio communication as spelled out in our basis and purpose in Part 97 it appears.

So we should just stick to using 50 year old analog FM, HF and not experiment with anything that might actually have any intrinsic technical value? What is the big deal here? Let me guess you all are opposed to IMBE, AMBE, OFDM, VOIP, and anything else that might actually require YOU to become technically competent and proficient with MODERN RADIO COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY and not your brass keys, vacuum tubes, and Gonsets?

If all we do is jaw jack on 50 year old technology occupying 40 billion dollars worth of spectrum exchanging post cards... what is the point to us even existing anymore?

Some good food for thought, that goes along with how I feel. Bill, just managed to put the words to it first.


Timmicus said...

I completely agree with you. Here's an excerpt from a recent DSTAR/Digital radio technology forum post:

"Here's my opinion. I got involve with Amateur Radio because of innovations like DSTAR or Echolink or the next great HF antenna design that someone came up with in his or hers backyard. Sure the codec with DSTAR is patent but that makes it a known variable and everything else with the DSTAR technology is free for anyone to develop (hints the home-grown DSTAR repeaters, DSTAR remote bases, DSTAR radios, etc).

My point is...don't be close minded. If Amateur Radio is going to survive in the 21st century against ever mounting pressure from the FCC to auction off frequency spectrum it needs to embrace every new technology out there."

Matthew Pitts said...

The experimental side is what will save ham radio; we just have to push it more. I mean, look at the success of the Maker movement; there IS interest in electronics and experimentation, even in this age of mass produced, throw away electronics, so Ham Radio should be growing at a much faster rate than it is.