Local enthusiasts say Amateur Radio still has a role in digital age

Big Island ARRL News, 27 June 2017, 14:25 hrs, UTC, Post #239.

Source:

https://www.dcourier.com/news/2017/jun/25/amateur-radio-dying-hobby/

Reporter:  Max Efrein (“The Daily Courier”).

Accessed on 27 June 2017, 14:25 hrs, UTC.

Please click link to read the full story.

Comment:

Despite the somewhat negative implication of Max Efrein’s ARRL Field Day report for “The Daily Courier” newspaper, the article maintains a fairly upbeat tone and does a good job of explaining how Amateur Radio serves local communities.

The article is more of a cautionary tale and a warning of what may happen to Amateur Radio as more of its licensee age and retire from the hobby.

The interview with Yavapai Amateur Radio Club (Arizona) members Art Protas and Brian Vlastelich provides an inside look at how this Arizona ham club supports its community with vital communications.

Although Vlastelich says the club has about 280 members, it’s still looking for more radio amateurs to fulfill its community projects.  Vlastelich says growth is important, especially among younger folks, if Amateur Radio is to survive. Vlastelich adds that “if it doesn’t grow, the FCC will take away our privileges.”

Protas and Vlastelich are pinning their hopes on younger hams, such as twelve-year-old Jackson Fuller, to keep the Amateur Radio Service alive.  Although the young operator enjoys the challenge of Amateur Radio, he is concerned that his friends totally ignore the hobby:

“Twelve-year-old Jackson Fuller officially got his amateur radio license about a year ago. He’s the only youth he currently knows practicing this old-school pastime.”

“I see mostly seniors using it,” Fuller said. “I kind of like it that it’s a unique thing for my age.”

“Attempts to lure his schoolmates into trying it have failed miserably, he said.”

“Believe me, I’ve tried,” Fuller said. “They rather play videogames or sports.”

“He finds this unfortunate, for he has developed a sincere interest in the hobby.”

“I don’t want it to die,” Fuller said.

“According to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), Fuller’s fears don’t look to be coming true anytime soon.”

“At the end of 2014, the total number of radio amateurs in the FCC’s Universal Licensing System database reached an all-time high of 726,275…”

Hawaii Island radio amateurs celebrated the 2017 ARRL Field Day event with portable stations set up at the Eden Roc park and community pavilion.  Hawaii hams joined more than 35,000 licensed radio amateurs this past Saturday and Sunday (24-25 June 2017) in one of the largest emergency communications exercises in the United States.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

You can find more Amateur Radio news at these websites:

http://www.HawaiiARRL.info.

https://oahuarrlnews.wordpress.com.

https://bigislandarrlnews.com (this site).

http://www.kh6jrm.info (breaking news for radio amateurs).

https://kh6jrm.blogspot.com (Simple Ham Radio Antennas).

http://www.arrl.org.

http://www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news (weekly podcast issued each Friday afternoon).

Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur Radio news items to kh6jrm@arrl.net at least two weeks prior to your event so I can notify our local prints and broadcast media in a timely manner.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Cooridinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

Retired News director of Pacific Radio Group Radio Stations on Hawaii-the Big Island. I have more than 40 years of broadcast experience, including positons at KTUH-FM (UH-Manoa), KPOI-FM (Honolulu). KHLO-AM (Hilo), KKBG-FM (KBIG-FM)(Hilo/Kona), KAPA-FM (Hilo-Kona). Native-FM (Hilo-Kona), and ESPN Hawaii (Hilo-Kona). Former University of Hawaii-Hilo librarian. Retired Air Force Officer. Amateur (Ham) Radio operator since 1977 (currently holds the Amateur Extra Class License from the FCC-KH6JRM).... Can read, write, and speak Russian. Retired on 30 September 2011, but still maintains a Hawaii Island News Blog.

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Amateur/Ham Radio, ARES, ARRL, Big Island ARRL News, Big Island of Hawaii ARRL info, Contests, Hawaii Island Amateur Radio Clubs
Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 157 other subscribers

  • Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2272 for Friday May 14, 2021 May 14, 2021
    - INDIAN HAMS ASSIST WITH SUPPLIES TO COVID PATIENTS - BRAZILIAN AMATEURS SEEK EQUIPMENT TAX EXEMPTION - DEBRIS FROM CHINESE ROCKET SCATTERS IN INDIAN OCEAN - PARKER PROBE EXPLORES SUN'S IMPACT ON VENUS' IONOSPHERE - NEW ZEALAND AMATEURS APPROVED FOR 60M OPERATION - RSGB ADDS RESOURCES FOR RADIATION MEASUREMENTS, OPERATOR EXAMS - 100 WATTS AND […]
    Kevin Trotman
  • Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2271 for Friday May 7, 2021 May 7, 2021
    - FRIEDRICHSHAFEN TRADE SHOW TO BE VIRTUAL - MICROWAVE ATTACKS REPORTED IN WASHINGTON, D.C. - SPECIAL EVENT RECALLS DOOMED US SUBMARINE - WIA PRESSES ACMA for GREATER SPECTRUM ACCESS - 'FENCE-TENNA' PROJECT GETS GOOD RECEPTION - NEW FORMAT UNVEILED FOR YOTA ONLINE - 'RADIO WATCH' STIRS INTEREST AT EARTH DAY EVENT - 'SHORTWAVE RADIOGRAM' MARKS […]
    Kevin Trotman
  • Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2270 for Friday April 30, 2021 April 30, 2021
    - WRTC POSTPONED UNTIL 2023 - SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR YOUNGEST CONTESTERS - LAUNCH PLANNED FOR SATELLITE MADE OF WOOD - YOUNG RADIO FRIENDS SHARE EVERYTHING, INCLUDING AN HONOR - SMARTPHONES ANSWER THE CALL OF SOLAR STORMS - NETS OF NOTE: HAMS CHECK IN TO SHARE SOME 'CABIN FEVER' - NEWSLINE IN SEARCH OF 2021 YOUNG […]
    Kevin Trotman
  • Radio Frequency Interference Seminar Set for May 19 via Zoom May 14, 2021
    ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, hold a Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) seminar via Zoom on Wednesday, May 19, at 2000 UTC. His 30-minute slide presentation offers an overview of politics, personalities, and technical issues involved in electromagnetic interference (EMI) control as well as causes and cures. A question-and-answer session will follow the slide presentation. […]
  • Wooden Satellite to Launch by Year’s End May 14, 2021
    The WISA Woodsat project, being sponsored by plywood supplier WISA in an unconventional PR initiative, is poised to place a wooden satellite into orbit by the end of the year. The idea is to test the suitability of treated wood as a low-cost and widely available material for space applications. The IARU posting for Woodsat […]
  • The K7RA Solar Update May 14, 2021
    Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Sunspot activity returned last Friday, May 7, and has held steady since. Average daily sunspot numbers rose from 11.9 to 21.1, and average daily solar flux was up 2.1 points to 74.3 for the reporting week ending May 12.Geomagnetic activity was quiet until Wednesday, May 12, when the planetary A […]
Latest Amateur Radio Posts
Blog Stats
  • 21,309 hits
Post Archives
%%footer%%