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Radio Amateurs-a threatened species?

Big Island ARRL news, 08 October 2017, 2330 UTC, Post #335.


Author:  IARU Region 1.

Accessed on 08 October 2017, 2330 UTC.

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A workshop on The Future of Amateur Radio held at the 2017 IARU Region 1 General Conference in Landshut has concluded that most member amateur radio societies will experience a “freefall” in membership and  fail to attract new blood to the amateur radio community.

Among the suggestions for arresting the decline in amateur radio numbers and reinvigorating an interest in the scientific and technical  aspects of amateur radio among potential licensees were these ideas:

• Competition
• Social
• Belonging to an elite group
• A welcomed part of the local club
• Recognition
• Learning and discovery – particularly latest technology
• Quick results/success
• Space is fun + ballooning
• Discover that kits are fun and easy
• Use amateur radio to teach

Upcoming events for Hawaii radio amateurs:

2017 Simulated Emergency Test.  All Hawaii Island radio amateurs are encouraged to participate in the 2017 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on Saturday, 21 October 2017, from 0800 to 1300 HST. The scenario will be a Great Aleutian Tsunami, which will have a disastrous effect on all Hawaii Islands.  Hawaii radio amateurs will work closely with Hawaii County Civil Defense and the Hawaii Chapter of The American Red Cross.  For more information, contact

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Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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