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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

ARRL – more emphasis on bringing young people into the fold.

2021-07-23 at 18:39 GMT+0000 UTC


Digital modes should be regulated by bandwidth, not by baud rate.

2021-07-21 at 19:34 GMT+0000 UTC


Reach out to the young people and get them involved. Tear them away from social media and video games and get them active in the community.

2021-07-21 at 03:34 GMT+0000 UTC


we have all kinds of regulations in CFR97, but there is very little policing. Need to have more/better enforcement. Associations need to work more to get youth in radio – Scouts, schools, etc.

2021-07-12 at 23:38 GMT+0000 UTC


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


HF transceivers should have two antenna ports. SCS: your PACTOR modems are too expensive.

2021-07-21 at 19:34 GMT+0000 UTC


More durable gear, please.

2021-07-21 at 03:34 GMT+0000 UTC


Ham radio is an old folks hobby. We are on fixed income. We’d like to see some more inexpensive, no-frills alternatives. Also, with trying to get youth into radio, we need the same radios. Parents don’t want to see the kids bringing home catalogues of $5000 radios.

2021-07-12 at 23:38 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


Follow the DX Code and listen, listen, listen!!

2021-07-23 at 18:39 GMT+0000 UTC


Share the load, don’t leave the work for the very few doing it now.

2021-07-21 at 19:34 GMT+0000 UTC


Keep it up.

2021-07-21 at 03:34 GMT+0000 UTC


brush up on your technical skills and CW

2021-07-20 at 21:08 GMT+0000 UTC


Live and let live. If you like digital modes, do them. If you don’t like them, don’t use them. But don’t cut down the guys who do like it. Same with CW, satellite, remote operation, etc. There are many, many facets of this hobby. Do what you enjoy and let others enjoy theirs. And mentor the newbies. Yes, they have questions (so did you when you were first licensed)/

2021-07-12 at 23:38 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


To authorities and associations

ARRL – more emphasis on bringing young people into the fold.

2021-07-23 at 18:39 GMT+0000 UTC


Digital modes should be regulated by bandwidth, not by baud rate.

2021-07-21 at 19:34 GMT+0000 UTC


Reach out to the young people and get them involved. Tear them away from social media and video games and get them active in the community.

2021-07-21 at 03:34 GMT+0000 UTC


we have all kinds of regulations in CFR97, but there is very little policing. Need to have more/better enforcement. Associations need to work more to get youth in radio – Scouts, schools, etc.

2021-07-12 at 23:38 GMT+0000 UTC


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


To gear manufacturers

HF transceivers should have two antenna ports. SCS: your PACTOR modems are too expensive.

2021-07-21 at 19:34 GMT+0000 UTC


More durable gear, please.

2021-07-21 at 03:34 GMT+0000 UTC


Ham radio is an old folks hobby. We are on fixed income. We’d like to see some more inexpensive, no-frills alternatives. Also, with trying to get youth into radio, we need the same radios. Parents don’t want to see the kids bringing home catalogues of $5000 radios.

2021-07-12 at 23:38 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


To fellow hams

Follow the DX Code and listen, listen, listen!!

2021-07-23 at 18:39 GMT+0000 UTC


Share the load, don’t leave the work for the very few doing it now.

2021-07-21 at 19:34 GMT+0000 UTC


Keep it up.

2021-07-21 at 03:34 GMT+0000 UTC


brush up on your technical skills and CW

2021-07-20 at 21:08 GMT+0000 UTC


Live and let live. If you like digital modes, do them. If you don’t like them, don’t use them. But don’t cut down the guys who do like it. Same with CW, satellite, remote operation, etc. There are many, many facets of this hobby. Do what you enjoy and let others enjoy theirs. And mentor the newbies. Yes, they have questions (so did you when you were first licensed)/

2021-07-12 at 23:38 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


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