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Old 08-17-2014, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, Placerville
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It's a dying hobby, it's not growing. Been to a hamfest lately? Noticed that there are fewer of them?
In 2005 there were about 663,000 hams. By the end of 2011 that number increased to over 700,000. That is hardly a sign of a dying hobby.

The number of hams declined due to the popularity of the internet in the late 90s in much the same way that it distracted a lot of people from other hobbies during that time. Now that internet sucks due to big business taking over every corner of the internet, people are looking into other hobbies where there aren't distracting advertisements and people constantly pushing their political opinions on others.
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Old 08-18-2014, 06:59 AM
 
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Not really in favor of this, but I see the benefits.

1. Auctioning off the spectrum raises money for the government.
Confiscating spectrum space and then selling it.

Why not just confiscate your house and sell it too?

Just because you can take something and sell it doesn't mean you should do so!

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2. More spectrum available enables new digital services to develop.
New digital services have so much of the spectrum already, can't people learn to share?

There is a place for everything - a place for broadcasting, a place for cell phones, a place for Wi-Fi, a place for CB radio, a place for military communication, and a place for amateur radio.

Share!
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Old 08-20-2014, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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SHARE is a foreign concept to the would be and actual monopolists dominating our economy and culture.
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Old 11-16-2016, 07:38 AM
 
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Default The origins of your smart phone

And just where do you think SMS text messaging, Video Chat, and other technical wizardry came from in the first place? From engineers who often are also HAM radio license holders using this spectrum to test out new ideas. In fact, that is written into the law pertaining to the need for amateur radio.

As for the 1.2 GHz band, I use it for up-linking to low earth orbiting satellites.

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