The Death of DX HF Radio 55928....

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Posted By Clive on 8 Jun 2018
“Will sun spot numbers stay lower than normal, well it's looking that way in the middle of 2018. But amateur radio still appears to be hanging in there even if it is more digital than analog modes. As for the Internet, yes it's take up is extreamly high, but that is not much different from what happend with telephones as they deregulated got cheaper and mobile phones augmented land lines. That is the market expanded greatly and even the "old market" remained. Although licensed, I don't operate as such I experiment and like it or not computers and amature radio have been married long enough to have started quite a family of modes some with grand children. So yes the hobby is changing and some such as DX contesters feel the pain of low sun spots others see it as a challenge to get the best of the best out of what we are given. Speaking of which it does not help with the ARRL trying to turn all HF bands into Packtor Internet Access Points, for day boat sailors doing things on the cheap. But with luck the lack of sun spots will kill that idea.”

Posted By Mike G7FEK on 15 Aug 2014
“Hi Abdel, the point if my article is to present the idea that: if there is no propagation, HF ham radio will be in decline. It is not a matter of people taking up the hobby, just that the signals may not go very far on the DX bands if F-layer ionisation is absent. This is a real possibility for the future.”

Posted By Abdel on 29 May 2014
“Ham wl not die, failed my advance exam 3 time, and didnt give in until I passed. I am planning to learn morse keep up the good job, fantastic site Abdel M0NPT”

Posted By Abdel on 29 May 2014
“Ham wl not die, failed my advance exam 3 time, and didnt give in until I passed. I am planning to learn morse keep up the good job, fantastic site Abdel M0NPT”

Posted By Mark Edwards on 12 Feb 2014
“Recent extreme weather events are consistent with symptoms of a Dalton Minimum because a Dalton causes spikes during a long low period. Maunder causes no such spikes and thus no simple indications until years later when we can look back. We might be in the beginning of a Maunder but we won't know in our lifetime. These are comments made by a solar physicist speaking before our club this year. I won't know whether to believe him until I look back years from now. ”

Posted By Erich on 4 Feb 2014
“I dont think that HAM will decline. If I see how many new (and young) OM's learning CW. At all places (Switzerland/Turkey/Thailand) there are very active groups and the have all beginners.”

Posted By Mike, G7FEK on 22 Jun 2013
“Hi Mark, Not sure is is that bad as I dont think internet can really replace radio, as the thrill of RF point to point contact *IS* the hobby, but it is a good idea to enjoy it while we can.”

Posted By Mark on 13 Jun 2013
“Good article. To be honest, Ham radio is in decline anyway. I doubt there wuld be anyone using it in 2023. Internet has taken over it.”