There are some good amateur radio content providers on YouTube, but they're few and far between. You have to really carefully filter what you see. Most ham radio videos on YT have very poor production values, such as shaky out-of-focus camera work, bad narration (too many "umms...") and poor knowledge of the subject matter.It's just like almost all the other ham radio YouTube channels.
He leaves out a lot of things and gets a lot of things wrong.
If you rely on YouTube stars to teach you ham radio you will end up a stupid lid.
To be honest, I do attribute HRCC as the reason I decided to go for my HAM license. However, I started studying, and realized there isn't much good information on youtube. I studied myself with the ARRL books, and added the local radio's curriculum and punched T+G at once. I would say I'm on the younger side of HAM, eating up all the knowledge the local elmers offer.In many ways, HRCC and the other YouTubers are trying to appeal to younger hams, and that’s ok.
Ham radio could use some new hipsters, rather than all the replacement hips it has had for decades.
I agree, I see BridgeCom really really pushing their 878 HTs. I find the Youtube content is good for seeing the size of units, displays, menu structure, and mostly the programming methods (but you do learn more when its in hand). Beyond that, the "opinion" of the reviewers is just that, and opinion. You still have to make your own decision and compare to the competitors and your set maximum price.Liking YouTube videos and subscribing to YouTube channels plays into the algorithms that determine whether or not those videos or channels show up in search results. The beast kinda feeds on itself. The more likes or subscribes a YouTuber gets, the more likely their videos will be "found" by the system, so the more views they get, etcetera, etcetera. And, YouTube monetization is based on views, likes, and subscribes.
Since there are many YouTubers whose primary source of income is YouTube, I don't begrudge those who ask me to like and subscribe. That's how they make money.
But, I am skeptical of product "reviews" when the content creator doesn't say if they bought the product with their own money or if some manufacturer or retailer sent them the product for review. It's like KJ4YZI's (HamRadioConcepts) recent videos about the Icom IC-705. That radio isn't available from dealers yet, so how did Eric get one to review? I haven't watched all of the review videos all the way through, but I'll jump to the conclusion that as a result of his relationships with Icom and Gigaparts, he got a pre-release radio to review. Does that make his review any less honest? I don't know. I think Eric is fairly honest in his reviews. Would I be more comfortable with his reviews if he said up front that Icom or Gigaparts sent him the radio? Yes.
Yes, it is good that a younger generation of hams is producing online content that appeals to a younger generation of hams. I'm an "old fart" with almost 30 years in amateur radio, but I think I realize that we need KI6NAZ, KJ4YZI, and others appealing to the younger audience. I just hope that these young whippersnappers realize that even though there are probably topics that they understand better than I do, there are still a few things us old farts could teach them.
I used to enjoy "Hoshnasi" more when he did actual "stuff", rather than just showcasing products. I'm not sure what this "Brian Bushwood" connection is, though. (I had to google his name). What is the deal with him? What is the connection between the two?I did find out that HRCC is affiliated with Brian Brushwood and all his entertainment stuff, so take that as you will.
I'm only aware of a connection since Brian had Josh as a guest on his Youtube channel "The Modern Rogue". Great channel, I think - very entertaining. And they're in Austin, so that's an extra bonus for a native.I used to enjoy "Hoshnasi" more when he did actual "stuff", rather than just showcasing products. I'm not sure what this "Brian Bushwood" connection is, though. (I had to google his name). What is the deal with him? What is the connection between the two?