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Re: [CQ-Contest] ....youth in contesting

To: "'Charles Harpole'" <hs0zcw@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] ....youth in contesting
From: "Doug Renwick" <ve5ra@sasktel.net>
Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2016 21:48:00 -0600
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Exactly. Times have changed and the thrill is gone. Technology has changed
ham radio. I don't need to talk to anyone on ham radio ... I just go on the
internet and get all the information I want. The challenge has practically
gone. I don't have to use many human skills any longer. Technology has taken
its place along with the 'dumbing down' approach. Time to ditch ham radio
and move to an activity that embraces more human skills.


I wasn't born in Saskatchewan, but I got here as soon as I could.

-----Original Message-----

Let it go.   The conditions that made ham radio exciting, ground breaking,
and FUN are over.  There is no allure of the unknown and no excitement of
talking with real people of the world.  Those were and are my reasons for
loving ham radio, but most people do not like encountering the unknown
anymore, and I can not get a rag chew going because the bands are devoid of
hams (except during my beloved but dehumanizing contests).  From a remote
farm in Kentucky, my chance to hear about how a sheep rancher worked in ZL
or what food a UA liked was exciting and satisfying.

Now, that world and mind-set are gone from today's youth.  So, let ham
radio go;  it is difficult to say the new generation even deserves the
adventure and fun.  Let them dull themselves into video games.  It is a new
and different world.  Very sadly, I say, let it go.


P.S., the youth of HS and of VU, I saw myself, were bursting with interest
in ham radio.

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