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?