April 2018

April 2018

DEC Bulletin

When amateur radio operators are asked to define the amateur radio service most of the time they will not respond by telling what the amateur radio service is today or what it can be. Instead they respond with what the amateur radio service was back in the “good ole days.” Through experimentation and development breakthroughs by amateur radio operators the amateur radio service has been on the cutting edge of technology for years. But, for some reason we are putting so much emphasis on outdated technology and as a result technology is passing us by.

Don’t misunderstand me. That outdated technology has an important place in the history of the amateur radio service. But technology has come a long way since those “good ole days.” “When all else fails” so will our outdated technology. It will fail because we are ignoring the fact that to offer a viable service to our communities we must adapt to the present technology. It will fail because the newer technologies are becoming the major systems of communication today. We must keep progressing with time otherwise amateur radio will die from lack of interest.

Let me say “Thank You” to those who brought the amateur radio service to the level of technology that it is today. But it’s time to hand the baton over and let the younger generation take the lead and start experimenting with and developing the new amateur radio service. The old technologies will die out so that the new technologies can take the lead. We cannot stop progress. If we don’t update our services to the communities we will be left eating a cloud of dust, and there will be no services to offer to the communities.

Questions and comments are welcome and encouraged. Send an email to the address shown below.

Lew Maxwell, KB5HPT 
DEC, District 6 – Far West Texas
Email: kb5hpt@arrl.net