A few days ago, an open letter to the Ham Radio operator community was posted by a recently re-inspired HAM…er. In this letter, KJ7NZL presents a few ideas to save the future of the hobby as it loses the little popularity it has. One being that operators should start using radio networks for ANYTHING other than the preparation of an Apocalypse. Probably a very legitimate grievance to have, however, it does beg the question: Why does it work so well for them and the operators that used it for other things before them?
The more I think about it, those operators probably had/have it better than we do with the internet. I’m sure HAM radio was a blast to use – the movies always make it seem pretty fun. But, as far as utility goes, the exchange of information, HAM radio was a well oiled machine for facilitating connections. There’s always some sort of golden caveat that gets washed over and carried away by the ever exponentially growing wave of technology.
Okay, now you think about it: There were probably a few people having too good of a time on the radio (trolls).
If someone did or said something crazy, it wasn’t stuck there for too many other people to encounter. And if there was information that needed to be disseminated or procured, the network and system implemented worked efficiently. People got in touch with whom they needed.
KJ7NZL’s other suggestions dealt with mixing the technologies of radio wave and more commonly used networks, (yes, like the internet) to make the discussion more accessible and easier to explore the technology itself. Would some of you agree that something like that is already being done with an app called Clubhouse?
I know. I know. It’s not as glamorous as building a rig by modding a bunch of old hardware (I would have loved to had made a Hackintosh iPhone). There is something similar here, though. Information is received by those that seek it. Those that receive can keep track of users that they learn from consistently. Trolls pop up and are whack with ridicule before being sent back from which they came. Communities are established. New information is brought in and circulated. Some people don’t get along. But, it all works.
Does it have something to do with sound? Or, better yet the sound of the human voice? Perhaps its the real-time connection. If all goes as planned, you’ll find out for yourself soon enough.