A Net Find: Why Ham Radio Endures in a World of Tweets | Epicenter | Wired.com

Noticed this Wired Article – touches on some of the points of why Amateur Radio rocks!

Enjoy!  – 73  Steve K9ZW

 

Why Ham Radio Endures in a World of Tweets

By David Rowan, Wired UK February 7, 2011  |  7:00 am  |  Categories: Future Shock, Letter From the UK, Media

Somehow it makes little sense that amateur “ham” radio continues to thrive in the age of Twitter, Facebook and iPhones. Yet the century-old communications technology — which demands such commitment that you must generally pass an exam to receive a license — currently attracts around 350,000 practitioners in Europe, and a further 700,000 in the United States, some 60 per cent more than 30 years ago.

What is it about a simple microphone, a transmitter-receiver and the seductive freedom of the open radio spectrum that’s turned a low-tech anachronism into an enduring and deeply engaging global hobby?

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