Re: 44 addresses / JNOS 56K / Gateway Security ?
"Tyrell Jentink, KD7KUJ" <tyrell@...>
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A few years ago, there was a crash at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, NV, injured dozens, killed a few. I wasn't there... I was 10 miles away at the time; Yet, the cell network was down, and I couldn't make calls or send texts. My amateur radio saved the day, not only getting me directions to where I needed to go, but also kept me updated faster, and with more accurate information than the news was providing.
I was the president of the student amateur radio club at the University of Nevada. That story excited kids at conventions, but it didn't even attract new hams from the Red Cross club (Although, we did get 2 people from the Doomsday Prepper club... But I think they were interested before I talked to them). The IEEE kids looked at us like we were some relic of the past, and they looked at our shack like it was a museum. I heard a resounding "I don't wanna take ANOTHER test, just to get to play with technology that my cell phone laughs at, just in the off chance that we have another city wide emergency like the plane crash."
We shouldn't have to emulate the commercial world... But EmComm isn't attracting the kids. The promise of talking to Australia got me to get my license when I was young... But I still haven't done it, because 15 years later, I still can't afford an HF radio. There are a lot of half-baked promises built into this hobby... Things that sound like they should attract new people, but when faced with the reality of time and money prioritization, just don't pan out with the majority of young people.
We need creativity. We need something that has a coolness factor that can't be beat by the commercial world. In the '80s and '90s, packet seemed to meet that description... But we haven't done anything revolutionary since the iPhone.
On Feb 27, 2015 7:09 AM, "ve7dhm@... [UniversalDigitalRadio]" <UniversalDigitalRadio@...> wrote: