Rebooting Amateur Radio 3

Amateur Radio? A hobby for old men? Maybe, but it can be inclusive! Ryan M0RYS/N0RYS gave a very interesting talk at the Electromagnetic Field festival entitled “Rebooting a Hobby – How Modern Digital Comms are Reviving Amateur Radio”. The festival is interesting and pretty unique:

Electromagnetic Field is a non-profit UK camping festival for those with an inquisitive mind or an interest in making things: hackers, artists, geeks, crafters, scientists, and engineers.

So essentially providing a great outreach for Amateur Radio to a much wider audience who may be interested in the hobby.

Here’s Ryan’s presentation as recorded live, a lot of food for thought:

3 thoughts on “Rebooting Amateur Radio

  1. Reply Tim Kerby Oct 9,2016 21:04

    Were you at EMF? I was there with the Edinburgh Hacklab and managed to get an ISS contact from there (packet) from a Handheld on 5W. Was really pleased as it beat a 50W station with a large Yagi and rotator / azimuth control at the ham village!

    • Reply James Stevens Oct 10,2016 09:04

      I wasn’t at EMF unfortunately, but I want to attend next year, it sounds very interesting indeed. Well done on the ISS contact, just goes to show it’s not all about the kit, but what you do with it that counts 🙂

      73, James M0JCQ

  2. Reply Mike N3LI Oct 15,2016 14:02

    Ham radio is dying, and will continue dying until the end of time.

    Meanwhile, new people haven’t heard the news. So they experiment, go places and do things, and let the angry old Hams sit in the back of the meeting hall, snickering about the Software defined radio Presentation and lamenting the good old days.

    Because it isn’t about Ham radio dying. Sad to say, but its about how some old folks turn sad and bitter. I’ve watched some people go from an active ham to griping about how dogs and cats will be living together and other creeping curmudgeonry attitude over the course of a few months. So sad, really.

    However, it doesn’t have to be that way. In an early experience I had on PSK31 in the early 2000’s, I had a QSO with a gent in Washington State. He was 95 years old, and decided to give PSK a try. So he bought a laptop and I was his first QSO on the mode. He was having a blast.

    Now I know its different strokes for different folks and all, but it isn’t out of line to say that’s a better outlook than bragging about not having an email account, or that SDR radios are not radios at all.

    -73 Mike N3LI –

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