1. Piercing the mystery - Taking a handful of parts and building a working device. It gave me self confidence and totally changed how I look at electronics.
2. Mastery of a niche - I joined a club and found that in certain areas that I gained instant respect as a teenager from guys in their seventies. Where else could a teenager do that? Likewise these elders taught me lots of stuff.
3. Leading a team - When I went off to college and put together a team to compete in a multi-operator multi-transmitter weekend contest. It was my first time assembling a team and doing something complex. Lots of obstacles to overcome. It is also where I learned to just do something and ask permission later! That rather bad habit both helped and hurt my future career;<).
4. Being part of a fraternity with it's own language of terms. I would soon find that every profession would have its own rituals and language - including startups.
When I started communicating locally, my thrill was squashed by uninterested complaining old men who thought my equipment was not expensive enough.
But radio theory and engineering, that's great stuff worth learning.
The amateurradio subreddit seems like a pretty cool place to find like-minded people. Seems like cheating but you can get on there and ask people far away if they can hear you on certain frequencies, etc.
The emergency preparedness element seems cool too but that's naturally populated by some personalities too. I guess that's humanity for ya.
Sounds like web development today.
Electromagnetism is indeed fascinating.
that said .. I've found just as many if not more of the opposite - welcoming people who are genuinely happy others are joining "the club" and taking part in a shared interest.
The old man image is going to be hard for the hobby to shake off whilst this remains true.
If you are in Seattle, it happens every month (I know it still goes on as I’m occasionally one of the examiners).
I don’t find that to be a positive trend, but I don’t see any easy escape.
Ever been to a Hamfest? Made the mistake of taking my wife once. How about being crushed between a table and scooter by someone who smells like they haven’t bathed in weeks.
I do RF/Microwave design for a living. Ham radio has mostly lost its luster.
And it's "Ham," not "HAM."
I’d encourage anyone interested to take a practice exam for a technician license. I was shocked at how much I picked up over the years via osmosis and got pretty close to passing the first practice test I took.
It’s a blog post about ham radio, not a cringy thesis paper.
>Next, as we seek those truths, let’s examine what an axiom is. An axiom is short hand for a kernel of truth. A poster sign. It is a spoken reduction of events and their goals that are self evident. Personal mastery and their axioms feed on one another. And the axioms contain vocabularies which allow us to understand skill and culture.
It’s far too academic and elevated for the medium (buh-boosh), and frankly it even borders on pretentious