I have been active in Amateur Radio on and off for over 43 years. Things have changed quite a bit since I started. I remember the days before the Internet where I would listen for hours to other ham radio operators talking about their projects, describing various circuits and enjoying other ham’s conversations.
I was always learning something and getting involved with interesting conversations. Today it’s different. You don’t have as much on the technical side. Some conversations make me cringe, either too political or religious, or just plain bad behavior. There are always weekend contest which interfere with my enjoyment of the hobby. I am not very interested in participating in contests and have found that contesters are getting more rude through the years with no concern other than making a contest contact.
The digital modes seem like the are now driven by total automation. I used to enjoy the low powered modes that kept the bandwidth small. It seems like FT8 has taken over most of the digital modes now. In my opinion, FT8 is a joke with people running higher and higher power to make contacts; where is the fun in that?
I still enjoy a CW conversation now and then, but when your noise level is at S9 due to all the lousy electronics in your neighborhood, and the band conditions are terrible, it’s a bit turn off.
So it’s time to shift hobbies and if anyone knows me, they know I have plenty. I’ll be sharing some astronomy projects as well as my learning process regarding astro imaging. I’ve done CCD imaging back in the mid 90’s with a Cookbook Camera. But, the current technology is amazing.
73, for now.