Back in June of 2011, I pointed out that there is a resurgence in the Do-It-Your-Self (DIY) community.
The economic crisis, Make Magazine, and the development of Maker Faire's/ "Maker Fests", all have apart to do with this.
A while back Radio Shack asked the "DIY community" what they would like to see in Radio Shack stores.
The top ten improvements requested were:
2. More Kits and Project Suggestions
3. More introduction/instructional books
4. Larger assortment in LEDs
5. Wider variety in resistors
6. TONS more capacitors
7. DIY audio and speaker equipment
8. HAM radio gear
9. More competitive pricing
10. Stronger sales force
Since that time, Radio Shack has added Velleman Kits, and Arduino Kits as well as other things.
The ARRL just launched a new DIY campaign.
As I and the ARRL have noted, DIY is certainly nothing new to ham radio. But there are tons of DIY people out there that do not know about ham radio.
This may shock you, but I applaud this ARRL effort. Their recently released video is worth a look: