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Messages from our participants to authorities, manufacturers and other hams

At the end of Part VI of the Census, participants are given the chance to write three messages to:

  1. Federal authorities and national associations
  2. Gear manufacturers
  3. Other amateur radio operators.

Below is a very small sample of the latest ones. You'll see all the others when you finish filling in the six parts of the Census. And of course, you will get to post your own messages!

To authorities and associations

To gear manufacturers

To fellow hams

Please stop selling our bands for commercial usage.

2021-06-07 at 22:02 GMT+0000 UTC


Please continue to recognize that this hobby is one in which people are deeply passionate. For many, it is the hobby of their lifetime. For some, it is the only creative/technical/social outlet they have. Please do work to keep the heart of amateur radio beating. The passion and love for this hobby needs to be protected as much as the frequencies. What helps keep the passion going? Protecting the frequencies, eliminating interference caused by consumer/non-ham gadgets and loudly stating that this radio service is important to the nation. Idea: include a note about how important amateur radio is to the nation when you publish the next news release about the latest fine issued to someone for malicious interference.

2021-06-07 at 13:42 GMT+0000 UTC


Charging for licensing when the system is automated and there is no FCC involvement in testing, entering, and now no mailing seems to be just a means to make money on part of Congress

2021-06-06 at 19:52 GMT+0000 UTC


ARRL should provide digital only versions of their publications at a lower cost than printed publications.

2021-05-29 at 18:54 GMT+0000 UTC


stop auctioning off our valuable spectrum to private industry.
Eliminate overly restrictive HOA regulations regarding antenna installations.
Enforce regulations restricting electrical noise that interferes with amateur radio reception.

2021-05-29 at 01:29 GMT+0000 UTC


We’re on your side… you should be on ours.

2021-05-27 at 22:48 GMT+0000 UTC


ARRL should make joining more attractive. I.E. less expensive for initial membership, offer sign-up incentives.

FCC has hurt us by reinstatement of fees.

2021-05-26 at 22:36 GMT+0000 UTC


Amateur radio provides opportunities for engaging in applied STEM activities. I came out of retirement to teach physics and engineering at the University level. I found students unprepared to apply what they learned. Which in turn made it more difficult to maintain interest. In addition to education, this is a real resource in international relations.

2021-05-26 at 16:25 GMT+0000 UTC


Please make interoperability between ham radio and local/county/state organizations more visible. This is an invaluable resource available from volunteers.

2021-05-25 at 20:01 GMT+0000 UTC


keep radio spectrum , still bitter about 1.25 meters

2021-05-23 at 17:42 GMT+0000 UTC


Keep up the good work!

2021-06-07 at 22:02 GMT+0000 UTC


It feels to me that mid- to top-line radios are being manufactured only to be replaced by the next “latest/greatest” a couple of years later. Please commit to a really solid rig, promise to support it, update it with firmware and new features and make it last. Hams want to buy-in for the long haul.

2021-06-07 at 13:42 GMT+0000 UTC


Need more on line (you tube?) how to use videos both on equipment and software.

2021-06-06 at 19:52 GMT+0000 UTC


More kit radios like in the Heathkit days.

2021-05-29 at 18:54 GMT+0000 UTC


Bring back inexpensive kits for the radio amateur.
Make the new rigs repairable by the operator with documentation plainly readable in plain English, including schematics. If we can’t fix it, do we really own it?
If you’re going to say it comes with “free programming software,” it actually has to work. (I’m looking at you, Yaesu)

2021-05-29 at 01:29 GMT+0000 UTC


Thanks for supporting us. Today’s gear is top notch and getting better all the time.

2021-05-27 at 22:48 GMT+0000 UTC


Repair parts become unavailable way too soon. Should make it easier for third party repair shops.

2021-05-26 at 22:36 GMT+0000 UTC


Embrace new tech. There is no reason why all hf rigs shouldn’t be sdr. While some may say $1,000 is not much for a new hf rig. To a new ham that’s a lot in more than a few cases. Let’s not ruin newbies by not offering a good rig at an introductory price.

2021-05-26 at 16:57 GMT+0000 UTC


There is a real need for high quality and low cost equipment for entry level to as many folks as want to become involved in amateur radio. Kits were a great resource in the past. I realize not everyone wants to build. However, in the gaming world building computers to provide advantages was popular. If manufacturers were to promote more types of “RadioSports” perhaps everyone would benefit. Your future engineers could come from the ranks of amateur radio; therefore there technical skills are important to you.

2021-05-26 at 16:25 GMT+0000 UTC


Please refocus on mid priced equipment again. Not entry level and luxury models.

2021-05-25 at 20:01 GMT+0000 UTC


Be patient with new operators. Don’t judge the younger HAM’s. Be welcoming on the air instead of “a grumpy old man” We need more younger operators if the hobby is to survive.

2021-06-07 at 22:02 GMT+0000 UTC


Be nicer on the air and at in-person events and don’t give a spotlight to those who aren’t.

2021-06-07 at 13:42 GMT+0000 UTC


Be more inclusive to younger hams and stop being arrogant “know it alls” towards newcomers to the hobby.

2021-05-29 at 18:54 GMT+0000 UTC


Quit buying disposable radios, you know the ones I mean.
Try building something, you may find it’s very rewarding.

2021-05-29 at 01:29 GMT+0000 UTC


Find an area of the hobby you enjoy, then get really good at it. When that becomes old (and it probably will), find another and get really good at that. Rinse and repeat. If you do this, ham radio will never get old. It will be a lifelong journey.

2021-05-27 at 22:48 GMT+0000 UTC


Be more positive when talking ham radio to non hams or inactive hams.

2021-05-26 at 22:36 GMT+0000 UTC


Not all are going to be able to recruit new and or younger members. However, set up in a park or volunteer for a scout campout. Then just set your gear up and start operating. Don’t say come over here and I’ll show you what I’m doing. Tell them oh don’t worry about it. Not long after that they’ll hear you making contacts and then they will start asking you questions. Set the hook. Tell them in simple terms what you are doing. They’ll keep asking questions. Ask them do they want to talk on the radio? It works. just don’t talk down to them.

2021-05-26 at 16:57 GMT+0000 UTC


Amateur radio provides opportunities to meet new people and learn new skills. The variety of activities is large and all are good. If we are to grow the interest and value of the hobby, we need to be sure folks are aware of this wide variety. It is especially important to promote all of these activities even though we may not engage in(or even like) some of the operating modes and activities; someone does and that’s OK. A prospective ham might enjoy them as well. I am proud to be a part of this diverse group of individuals. Oh, and most of all it is a hobby and we should all have fun regardless of the mode or activity. 73

2021-05-26 at 16:25 GMT+0000 UTC


Encourage those around you to become interested in this hobby.

2021-05-25 at 20:01 GMT+0000 UTC


73 to all BCNU

2021-05-24 at 11:17 GMT+0000 UTC


To authorities and associations

Please stop selling our bands for commercial usage.

2021-06-07 at 22:02 GMT+0000 UTC


Please continue to recognize that this hobby is one in which people are deeply passionate. For many, it is the hobby of their lifetime. For some, it is the only creative/technical/social outlet they have. Please do work to keep the heart of amateur radio beating. The passion and love for this hobby needs to be protected as much as the frequencies. What helps keep the passion going? Protecting the frequencies, eliminating interference caused by consumer/non-ham gadgets and loudly stating that this radio service is important to the nation. Idea: include a note about how important amateur radio is to the nation when you publish the next news release about the latest fine issued to someone for malicious interference.

2021-06-07 at 13:42 GMT+0000 UTC


Charging for licensing when the system is automated and there is no FCC involvement in testing, entering, and now no mailing seems to be just a means to make money on part of Congress

2021-06-06 at 19:52 GMT+0000 UTC


ARRL should provide digital only versions of their publications at a lower cost than printed publications.

2021-05-29 at 18:54 GMT+0000 UTC


stop auctioning off our valuable spectrum to private industry.
Eliminate overly restrictive HOA regulations regarding antenna installations.
Enforce regulations restricting electrical noise that interferes with amateur radio reception.

2021-05-29 at 01:29 GMT+0000 UTC


We’re on your side… you should be on ours.

2021-05-27 at 22:48 GMT+0000 UTC


ARRL should make joining more attractive. I.E. less expensive for initial membership, offer sign-up incentives.

FCC has hurt us by reinstatement of fees.

2021-05-26 at 22:36 GMT+0000 UTC


Amateur radio provides opportunities for engaging in applied STEM activities. I came out of retirement to teach physics and engineering at the University level. I found students unprepared to apply what they learned. Which in turn made it more difficult to maintain interest. In addition to education, this is a real resource in international relations.

2021-05-26 at 16:25 GMT+0000 UTC


Please make interoperability between ham radio and local/county/state organizations more visible. This is an invaluable resource available from volunteers.

2021-05-25 at 20:01 GMT+0000 UTC


keep radio spectrum , still bitter about 1.25 meters

2021-05-23 at 17:42 GMT+0000 UTC


To gear manufacturers

Keep up the good work!

2021-06-07 at 22:02 GMT+0000 UTC


It feels to me that mid- to top-line radios are being manufactured only to be replaced by the next “latest/greatest” a couple of years later. Please commit to a really solid rig, promise to support it, update it with firmware and new features and make it last. Hams want to buy-in for the long haul.

2021-06-07 at 13:42 GMT+0000 UTC


Need more on line (you tube?) how to use videos both on equipment and software.

2021-06-06 at 19:52 GMT+0000 UTC


More kit radios like in the Heathkit days.

2021-05-29 at 18:54 GMT+0000 UTC


Bring back inexpensive kits for the radio amateur.
Make the new rigs repairable by the operator with documentation plainly readable in plain English, including schematics. If we can’t fix it, do we really own it?
If you’re going to say it comes with “free programming software,” it actually has to work. (I’m looking at you, Yaesu)

2021-05-29 at 01:29 GMT+0000 UTC


Thanks for supporting us. Today’s gear is top notch and getting better all the time.

2021-05-27 at 22:48 GMT+0000 UTC


Repair parts become unavailable way too soon. Should make it easier for third party repair shops.

2021-05-26 at 22:36 GMT+0000 UTC


Embrace new tech. There is no reason why all hf rigs shouldn’t be sdr. While some may say $1,000 is not much for a new hf rig. To a new ham that’s a lot in more than a few cases. Let’s not ruin newbies by not offering a good rig at an introductory price.

2021-05-26 at 16:57 GMT+0000 UTC


There is a real need for high quality and low cost equipment for entry level to as many folks as want to become involved in amateur radio. Kits were a great resource in the past. I realize not everyone wants to build. However, in the gaming world building computers to provide advantages was popular. If manufacturers were to promote more types of “RadioSports” perhaps everyone would benefit. Your future engineers could come from the ranks of amateur radio; therefore there technical skills are important to you.

2021-05-26 at 16:25 GMT+0000 UTC


Please refocus on mid priced equipment again. Not entry level and luxury models.

2021-05-25 at 20:01 GMT+0000 UTC


To fellow hams

Be patient with new operators. Don’t judge the younger HAM’s. Be welcoming on the air instead of “a grumpy old man” We need more younger operators if the hobby is to survive.

2021-06-07 at 22:02 GMT+0000 UTC


Be nicer on the air and at in-person events and don’t give a spotlight to those who aren’t.

2021-06-07 at 13:42 GMT+0000 UTC


Be more inclusive to younger hams and stop being arrogant “know it alls” towards newcomers to the hobby.

2021-05-29 at 18:54 GMT+0000 UTC


Quit buying disposable radios, you know the ones I mean.
Try building something, you may find it’s very rewarding.

2021-05-29 at 01:29 GMT+0000 UTC


Find an area of the hobby you enjoy, then get really good at it. When that becomes old (and it probably will), find another and get really good at that. Rinse and repeat. If you do this, ham radio will never get old. It will be a lifelong journey.

2021-05-27 at 22:48 GMT+0000 UTC


Be more positive when talking ham radio to non hams or inactive hams.

2021-05-26 at 22:36 GMT+0000 UTC


Not all are going to be able to recruit new and or younger members. However, set up in a park or volunteer for a scout campout. Then just set your gear up and start operating. Don’t say come over here and I’ll show you what I’m doing. Tell them oh don’t worry about it. Not long after that they’ll hear you making contacts and then they will start asking you questions. Set the hook. Tell them in simple terms what you are doing. They’ll keep asking questions. Ask them do they want to talk on the radio? It works. just don’t talk down to them.

2021-05-26 at 16:57 GMT+0000 UTC


Amateur radio provides opportunities to meet new people and learn new skills. The variety of activities is large and all are good. If we are to grow the interest and value of the hobby, we need to be sure folks are aware of this wide variety. It is especially important to promote all of these activities even though we may not engage in(or even like) some of the operating modes and activities; someone does and that’s OK. A prospective ham might enjoy them as well. I am proud to be a part of this diverse group of individuals. Oh, and most of all it is a hobby and we should all have fun regardless of the mode or activity. 73

2021-05-26 at 16:25 GMT+0000 UTC


Encourage those around you to become interested in this hobby.

2021-05-25 at 20:01 GMT+0000 UTC


73 to all BCNU

2021-05-24 at 11:17 GMT+0000 UTC


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