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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

They need to recognize in the media ham radio operators for their work in disasters: hurricanes, floods, fires.

2021-09-14 at 00:30 GMT+0000 UTC


Governments should not forget the basics of communications – the focus now is on cellular and Internet regulation. Don’t forget basic services such as radio.

Associations need to keep people engaged and be dynamic – be able to adapt to changing times.

2021-09-10 at 02:33 GMT+0000 UTC


When there is sufficient evidence to take action against illegal and/or operators operating well past the regulations, do not wait years to take action.

2021-09-02 at 21:39 GMT+0000 UTC


Stop dumbing down ham radio. We have “paper” extra class operators who have very little practical BASIC electronic knowledge. The highest grade of licensee (what ever you want to call it, currently Extra) should at least have the ability to work a simple OHM’s law problem, design and build a 1/2 wave dipole, troubleshoot a basic DC circuit problem, demonstrate basic soldering skills, install basic connectors and be able to read/understand/apply the Operators Manual for his radio. Most “paper extras” I know simply memorized the answers to the questions. I see really simple, stupid questions being asked on groups that waste everyone’s bandwidth. Are they lazy or uneducated. Example: Extra class asked if someone could read the color code

2021-09-02 at 03:06 GMT+0000 UTC


Assist in HOA for hams to be able to install a practical antenna.

2021-09-01 at 05:23 GMT+0000 UTC


To the FCC: Please understand that the importance of ham radio is not just a source of emergency communicators. We are actively driving the state-of-the-art as many of us are electronics and engineering professionals working on the “next” great technology.

To the ARRL: Quit being a magazine and rather represent us to our government representatives. There is much to do, but it seems like the competition for our frequencies is stronger than ever.

2021-08-30 at 00:19 GMT+0000 UTC


Enforce existing rules and don’t add more.

2021-08-29 at 23:48 GMT+0000 UTC


FCC / US Congress: the Amateur Radio Service is a resource uniquely free of dependence on infrastructure, yet a condo or other private association can outlaw it completely. This is a power to overrule government at all levels. PRB-1 needs to be extended to private land usage rules, at least requiring a method of compromise.

2021-08-29 at 17:32 GMT+0000 UTC


Remove as many restrictions as possible, eliminate all HOA restrictions.

2021-08-27 at 23:05 GMT+0000 UTC


I believe more rule enforcement is necessary. Hams are found operating outside of the ham bands. I believe the work of what use to be called Official Observers needs to be share with the amateur radio public. We would like to know if their work is effective. I read ARRL documents frequently but do not hear of any of the OO’s successes.

2021-08-22 at 21:03 GMT+0000 UTC


Spend a little more time in making the instruction booklet for your equipment. Explanations need to be complete and not look like a rough translation from another language.

2021-09-14 at 00:30 GMT+0000 UTC


Do we really need $8000 HF radios? There needs to be more radios in the $500-$2000 range and just because a radio is $500 it doesn’t need to be “entry level.”

There are too many digital modes for VHF/UHF. Get together and come up with a standard digital voice mode that all manufacturers can buy in to. All radios should be programmable via the same software and a USB or Ethernet cable. All mobile radios should be Bluetooth capable, including PTT.

2021-09-10 at 02:33 GMT+0000 UTC


Stop with the crappy throw away gear and make more sturdy equipment. Adding SSB/CW operations to VHF/UHF gear would be a bonus.

2021-09-02 at 21:39 GMT+0000 UTC


Continue offering a broad line of equipment that appeals to new/inexperienced operators and to the most advanced. You’re doing a pretty good job in that area. Stop putting 3:1 tuners in multi-thousand dollar transceivers….do it right. Elecraft has figured it out. Documentation needs to be more accurately translated and better organized. I helped a new ham in one of the groups with a configuration problem in his transceiver. He had spent a lot of time going through the manual “trying to help himself” but was unsuccessful. I referred him to 3 different areas in the manual which answered his question. Unacceptable manual organization.

2021-09-02 at 03:06 GMT+0000 UTC


Would like to see more user friendly radios, easy to use with better written user manuals

2021-09-01 at 05:23 GMT+0000 UTC


make more ALL BAND radio’s!

2021-08-30 at 17:03 GMT+0000 UTC


Embrace open systems. Forget your proprietary systems and work to create interoperability in the digital realm. Things like M17 will become a viable threat to your businesses if you don’t embrace it. Open source can and will replace proprietary solutions.

2021-08-30 at 00:19 GMT+0000 UTC


Quality control is an expense, but it’s one that attracts customers. I had one new radio, a hamfest doorprize, that was dead at first try, and the manufacturer included in the manual that this meant a bad power switch, with instructions for returning the radio. Nobody should sell a $120 radio with a known defect that causes their customer to do their QC testing. This was the third defective radio I acquired from them, and I warn all the new Techs at our exam sessions to avoid that brand.

2021-08-29 at 17:32 GMT+0000 UTC


Think long term. Quality is critical.

2021-08-27 at 23:05 GMT+0000 UTC


I believe manufacturers do a great job satisfying amateur radio operators expectations.

2021-08-22 at 21:03 GMT+0000 UTC


Recognize new operators and give them tips. Be patient and helpful.

2021-09-14 at 00:30 GMT+0000 UTC


Quit yer bitchin’. We’re all in this hobby together. Stop thinking what you do is “the best” and what others are in to is sub-standard. Get OFF of social media and get on the air… social media causes the death of anything it touches. It just causes people to fight and hate… get on the air and let’s communicate!

2021-09-10 at 02:33 GMT+0000 UTC


Promote the hobby and do not let new hams fall through the cracks!

2021-09-02 at 21:39 GMT+0000 UTC


1) If you have experience and knowledge share it WITHOUT an attitude. 2) Read your manual! Lots of us out here are willing to spend our time helping you with a problem, unless we figure out that you’re too lazy to read the manual and at LEAST TRY on your own. And guys, if someone tries to help himself and still doesn’t get it, don’t cop an attitude with him. He may be the best on air operator on the planet. That’s beauty of ham radio, the diversity of skills. I can troubleshoot a vintage rig but I’d never win a contest! Hi! Thanks for listening!

2021-09-02 at 03:06 GMT+0000 UTC


Keep the hobby going, tell your friends about what ham radio is all about.

2021-09-01 at 05:23 GMT+0000 UTC


Remember the Amateur’s Code. Less individualism and survivalism, more community focus.

2021-08-31 at 22:58 GMT+0000 UTC


Keep up the good work. Keep Amateur radio a clean, respectable and honorable hobby!

2021-08-30 at 17:03 GMT+0000 UTC


Be kind to one another. Learn from one another. And teach each other.

2021-08-30 at 00:19 GMT+0000 UTC


Let the non-hams know we’re here as a resource, not an obsolete technological annoyance. Arrange to be a help to STEM educators. Offer communications support to local events. Work with emergency responders to train CERT volunteers. Be ready with your “elevator talk” on what technologies everyone takes for granted were developed through ham radio. If we’re not visible, people think we’re dead.

2021-08-29 at 17:32 GMT+0000 UTC


For the 90%-keep up the good work. For the 10%-be nicer, more civil and keep everything at a g rating.

2021-08-27 at 23:05 GMT+0000 UTC


To authorities and associations

They need to recognize in the media ham radio operators for their work in disasters: hurricanes, floods, fires.

2021-09-14 at 00:30 GMT+0000 UTC


Governments should not forget the basics of communications – the focus now is on cellular and Internet regulation. Don’t forget basic services such as radio.

Associations need to keep people engaged and be dynamic – be able to adapt to changing times.

2021-09-10 at 02:33 GMT+0000 UTC


When there is sufficient evidence to take action against illegal and/or operators operating well past the regulations, do not wait years to take action.

2021-09-02 at 21:39 GMT+0000 UTC


Stop dumbing down ham radio. We have “paper” extra class operators who have very little practical BASIC electronic knowledge. The highest grade of licensee (what ever you want to call it, currently Extra) should at least have the ability to work a simple OHM’s law problem, design and build a 1/2 wave dipole, troubleshoot a basic DC circuit problem, demonstrate basic soldering skills, install basic connectors and be able to read/understand/apply the Operators Manual for his radio. Most “paper extras” I know simply memorized the answers to the questions. I see really simple, stupid questions being asked on groups that waste everyone’s bandwidth. Are they lazy or uneducated. Example: Extra class asked if someone could read the color code

2021-09-02 at 03:06 GMT+0000 UTC


Assist in HOA for hams to be able to install a practical antenna.

2021-09-01 at 05:23 GMT+0000 UTC


To the FCC: Please understand that the importance of ham radio is not just a source of emergency communicators. We are actively driving the state-of-the-art as many of us are electronics and engineering professionals working on the “next” great technology.

To the ARRL: Quit being a magazine and rather represent us to our government representatives. There is much to do, but it seems like the competition for our frequencies is stronger than ever.

2021-08-30 at 00:19 GMT+0000 UTC


Enforce existing rules and don’t add more.

2021-08-29 at 23:48 GMT+0000 UTC


FCC / US Congress: the Amateur Radio Service is a resource uniquely free of dependence on infrastructure, yet a condo or other private association can outlaw it completely. This is a power to overrule government at all levels. PRB-1 needs to be extended to private land usage rules, at least requiring a method of compromise.

2021-08-29 at 17:32 GMT+0000 UTC


Remove as many restrictions as possible, eliminate all HOA restrictions.

2021-08-27 at 23:05 GMT+0000 UTC


I believe more rule enforcement is necessary. Hams are found operating outside of the ham bands. I believe the work of what use to be called Official Observers needs to be share with the amateur radio public. We would like to know if their work is effective. I read ARRL documents frequently but do not hear of any of the OO’s successes.

2021-08-22 at 21:03 GMT+0000 UTC


To gear manufacturers

Spend a little more time in making the instruction booklet for your equipment. Explanations need to be complete and not look like a rough translation from another language.

2021-09-14 at 00:30 GMT+0000 UTC


Do we really need $8000 HF radios? There needs to be more radios in the $500-$2000 range and just because a radio is $500 it doesn’t need to be “entry level.”

There are too many digital modes for VHF/UHF. Get together and come up with a standard digital voice mode that all manufacturers can buy in to. All radios should be programmable via the same software and a USB or Ethernet cable. All mobile radios should be Bluetooth capable, including PTT.

2021-09-10 at 02:33 GMT+0000 UTC


Stop with the crappy throw away gear and make more sturdy equipment. Adding SSB/CW operations to VHF/UHF gear would be a bonus.

2021-09-02 at 21:39 GMT+0000 UTC


Continue offering a broad line of equipment that appeals to new/inexperienced operators and to the most advanced. You’re doing a pretty good job in that area. Stop putting 3:1 tuners in multi-thousand dollar transceivers….do it right. Elecraft has figured it out. Documentation needs to be more accurately translated and better organized. I helped a new ham in one of the groups with a configuration problem in his transceiver. He had spent a lot of time going through the manual “trying to help himself” but was unsuccessful. I referred him to 3 different areas in the manual which answered his question. Unacceptable manual organization.

2021-09-02 at 03:06 GMT+0000 UTC


Would like to see more user friendly radios, easy to use with better written user manuals

2021-09-01 at 05:23 GMT+0000 UTC


make more ALL BAND radio’s!

2021-08-30 at 17:03 GMT+0000 UTC


Embrace open systems. Forget your proprietary systems and work to create interoperability in the digital realm. Things like M17 will become a viable threat to your businesses if you don’t embrace it. Open source can and will replace proprietary solutions.

2021-08-30 at 00:19 GMT+0000 UTC


Quality control is an expense, but it’s one that attracts customers. I had one new radio, a hamfest doorprize, that was dead at first try, and the manufacturer included in the manual that this meant a bad power switch, with instructions for returning the radio. Nobody should sell a $120 radio with a known defect that causes their customer to do their QC testing. This was the third defective radio I acquired from them, and I warn all the new Techs at our exam sessions to avoid that brand.

2021-08-29 at 17:32 GMT+0000 UTC


Think long term. Quality is critical.

2021-08-27 at 23:05 GMT+0000 UTC


I believe manufacturers do a great job satisfying amateur radio operators expectations.

2021-08-22 at 21:03 GMT+0000 UTC


To fellow hams

Recognize new operators and give them tips. Be patient and helpful.

2021-09-14 at 00:30 GMT+0000 UTC


Quit yer bitchin’. We’re all in this hobby together. Stop thinking what you do is “the best” and what others are in to is sub-standard. Get OFF of social media and get on the air… social media causes the death of anything it touches. It just causes people to fight and hate… get on the air and let’s communicate!

2021-09-10 at 02:33 GMT+0000 UTC


Promote the hobby and do not let new hams fall through the cracks!

2021-09-02 at 21:39 GMT+0000 UTC


1) If you have experience and knowledge share it WITHOUT an attitude. 2) Read your manual! Lots of us out here are willing to spend our time helping you with a problem, unless we figure out that you’re too lazy to read the manual and at LEAST TRY on your own. And guys, if someone tries to help himself and still doesn’t get it, don’t cop an attitude with him. He may be the best on air operator on the planet. That’s beauty of ham radio, the diversity of skills. I can troubleshoot a vintage rig but I’d never win a contest! Hi! Thanks for listening!

2021-09-02 at 03:06 GMT+0000 UTC


Keep the hobby going, tell your friends about what ham radio is all about.

2021-09-01 at 05:23 GMT+0000 UTC


Remember the Amateur’s Code. Less individualism and survivalism, more community focus.

2021-08-31 at 22:58 GMT+0000 UTC


Keep up the good work. Keep Amateur radio a clean, respectable and honorable hobby!

2021-08-30 at 17:03 GMT+0000 UTC


Be kind to one another. Learn from one another. And teach each other.

2021-08-30 at 00:19 GMT+0000 UTC


Let the non-hams know we’re here as a resource, not an obsolete technological annoyance. Arrange to be a help to STEM educators. Offer communications support to local events. Work with emergency responders to train CERT volunteers. Be ready with your “elevator talk” on what technologies everyone takes for granted were developed through ham radio. If we’re not visible, people think we’re dead.

2021-08-29 at 17:32 GMT+0000 UTC


For the 90%-keep up the good work. For the 10%-be nicer, more civil and keep everything at a g rating.

2021-08-27 at 23:05 GMT+0000 UTC


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