I'm not ready to accept that as fact. There's a large subculture out there... they call themselves "makers" that are ideal candidates for ham licenses. Don't try to get them to a CERT meeting, or on HF SSB. They're doing digital stuff. An ability to incorporate RF at levels beyond what Part 15 allows is a tremendous asset to these people, they just don't know it yet. There are some efforts to get them involved, but it's been far and few between.When the Baby Boomers pass on you will see the decline.
No kid will sit in front of a radio when they have an iPhone or a Xbox they can play with;without Communication.
Sad but fact
God forbid you have a 102 inch CB whip on your bumper when you arrive at the Ham meeting.George, nice to meet you today, I had the same treatment when I mentioned CB at a 'ham' meeting. LOL.
73s DE VE5JL.
It would have to be an old old old old timer to answer that question. I doubt it was ever put to practical use. I think the spectrum was subsequently reallocated for vehicular collision avoidance radar which has been a subject of research for many decades.Interesting. I wasn't aware of that. Any idea what the intended purpose was?
Does this count?I bet that not one ham in twenty knows anything about their world above 440 MHz.
Plenty of blank stares, I am sure will be there if the average amateur is asked, for instance;
"What frequency bands are the 9cm ? 1.2cm ? 2mm?" *
With the apathy of the vast majority to these bands is it any wonder they are easy pickings by other interests ?
Like taking candy from a baby
* 3.4-3.475, 24.0-24.25 and 134-142 GHz
LOL - All true!...repeaters are doomed.
...traffic nets are doomed.
...SSB DXing and contesting and ragchewing is doomed.
...ARES/RACES/SATERN/Skywarn are doomed.
The prepper aspect of amateur radio will flourish.
This is where I'm seeing the most growth.The prepper aspect of amateur radio will flourish.
The exact opposite happend to me. They thought the scanner was cool. This was about 1980 in Texas before I got licensed.I was at a local Ham meeting a number years ago. I was just taking in requirements to get my ham "ticket", but as soon as they saw the scanner on my belt, I became aware of suddenly being as welcome as a rat in a high end restaurant! ...
Does this count?
I fired up 10.525 GHz this past few days.
I have a problem with a racoon doing nasty things in my swimming pool and while I await a humane trap from Amazon, my industrial grade stereo doppler intrusion alarm is providing 24/7 surveillance over the pool and cat door. It caught him once already and I was within a few inches of whacking him with a broom but he escaped. I intend to relocate him to a new grid square.