Participation in most hobbies brings a person to decision points, where they have a chance to select any of several subsets of the hobby.
Sometimes the subsets are either completely mutually-exclusive, or are part mutually-exclusive particularly while in the act of participation.
In the case of Amateur Radio we come up to opportunities to operate different modes, power, QSO targets, era of gear, operating style, operating location and so on.
No intent here to try for a comprehensive list, but some samples are:
- QRP (low power), Standard 100w nominal power or QRO (Amplified High Power)
- CW, SSB, AM, Digital or FM Modes
- Standard recent transceiver, Vintage Boat Anchor Operations, or perhaps Computer Driven SDR (Software Defined Radio)
- Casual Rag-chewing, Net Operations, Contesting, County-Hunting, State Collecting, or DX Hunting
- All Factory Gear, Kit-Built or Fully Homebrewed
- Stock Gear or Highly Modified Gear
- Even sub-subgroups like under Digital – PSK, RTTY, Hellschreiber, MFSK, ALE, Olivia and more
Perhaps picking among the options is just part of of being involved, with having an understanding & respect of other in-hobby choices being more important.
Many people move between sets of selected options, changing to what interests them as time goes on. You hear of people returning to earlier pursuits in later life as well.
So What is Your Angle in Amateur Radio?