[aprssig] College tuitions

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Wed Apr 9 13:40:03 EDT 2008

> Anyway, on the ham side..  Please encourage your ham kids to get 
> involved with a campus club if there is one.  Here at K9IU, we (like 
> many other .edu clubs) are having a tough time with recruiting, and most 
> of our active club membership consists of staff and faculty like 
> myself.  Internet and cell phones have definitely bit into the hobby for 
> this specific demographic.

This is why we need to focus on experimentation and digital stuff.  Go 
after the Linux geeks, for starters.  They've got the technical 
inclination already, but many of them write off ham radio as the hobby 
of a bunch of ragchewing geezers.

If they follow sites like Slashdot, they know all about the FCC auctions 
and how much companies are willing to spend for prime spectrum.  Show 
them that an easy-to-obtain license gives them the ability to use large 
swaths of spectrum with few restrictions.  Ham radio and the open source 
movement are philosophically very compatible, but ham radio suffers from 
a major image problem.


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