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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

I was disappointed by the FCC fees and hope to help retract that decision. I hope we can find and fund better on-air policing as there are a few individuals that should not be allowed to operate any radio transmitter. I am grateful to the ARRL for all their technical assistance and guidance.

2021-05-12 at 07:42 GMT+0000 UTC


Force HOA’s to allow reasonable antennas

2021-05-12 at 02:03 GMT+0000 UTC


I’d like to see more enforcement actions. Stop allowing the “this is my frequency” folks and the guys who flagrantly violate the rules.

2021-05-11 at 21:15 GMT+0000 UTC


Spend some money to ensure compliance to the field. Cutting the hands of FCC is not the answer. ARRL is doing all it can and using all it has to fight for the hobby. Government needs to realize that Ham Radio is necessary!

2021-05-11 at 13:08 GMT+0000 UTC


Get rid of the $35 fee, and expand amateur radio to attract youths.

2021-05-11 at 00:47 GMT+0000 UTC


CCR’s are way too restrictive. Placing limits on them will help amateur radio and hurt no one.

2021-05-11 at 00:43 GMT+0000 UTC


I completely support the current system with all of it’s rules and regulations, but there are a few things I would change if I could.

1. I would average prices of the radios themselves to make them more affordable.
2. I would create a federal site for dealing with repeaters/antennas for repeaters to be registered on, and would have information about antennas.

I want to thank the FCC for doing such a great job with the United States Amateur Radio regulations.

2021-05-10 at 23:48 GMT+0000 UTC


Clean up the bands

2021-05-10 at 23:31 GMT+0000 UTC


The ARRL’s “On the Air” magazine is a great idea – lucid explanations without too much jargon, encourages

2021-05-10 at 23:29 GMT+0000 UTC


Please encourage our stakeholders to reconsider when harvesting spectrum used by amateurs for commercial or other uses. Spectrum is important to the life and future of the art and science of this terrific hobby. Expand awareness where possible in our schools to encourage young people to explore radio as a science, which can lead to education in the sciences. A few will go on to replace the aging population of amateurs and take the mantle of leadership to keep it strong, vibrant, and to under gird the national resource of emergency communicators needed in case of natural disasters in regions of our continent. Thank you for supporting us, and I’m grateful the hobby stayed strong for me to get in at this late in my life. It is delightful.

2021-05-10 at 20:14 GMT+0000 UTC


Thank you for advancing our communication technology! Your products changed the world, please consider adding an online museum of all of your products, even if they were stinkers, it’s important history. Build openly, your firmware is often sub-par, allow the users to modify it. Help/donate to open digital codecs, they need all the work we can give them since they are the future of all radio. Please (pretty please) don’t make disposable gear–make it a priority to assist and make available replacement parts and IC’s. Put your very best efforts towards your manuals and advanced manuals. Create operating instructional videos and advanced operation videos for your equipment, the Internet can handle it now.

2021-05-12 at 07:42 GMT+0000 UTC


220 radios

2021-05-12 at 02:03 GMT+0000 UTC


Provide more software-upgradable radios to extend the life of radios. With so much SDR available much could be done to provide new features more frequently.

2021-05-11 at 21:15 GMT+0000 UTC


Base output power should be 200 watts. Increase the sensitivity and performance of receivers.

2021-05-11 at 13:08 GMT+0000 UTC


Better Tx noise performance as this limits ability of others to operate

2021-05-11 at 07:31 GMT+0000 UTC


Sell parts online to make it user repairable, user repairability should be a right and not taken away from the company.

2021-05-11 at 00:47 GMT+0000 UTC


More and bigger screens and fewer buttons.

2021-05-11 at 00:43 GMT+0000 UTC


My message to manufacturers. BAOFENG- I have a something like a UV5R and it’s not my best radio… I don’t think I would recommend Baofeng to a friend because they are not that high quality and folks on YouTube say that their Baofeng died before they were supposed to. YAESU- I have your FT-60 and I love it. I use it 9-10x more than the UV5R, I actually don’t use the UV5R anymore. I am a technician so I can’t make use of the HF bands, so I like VHF/UHF radios. I This is my kind of radio manufacturer… very high quality. ICOM- I have never owned any of your products but I hear they are great. Maybe you could bring the price down a little for young folks like me that don’t have that kind of money. I know how much work goes into those radios.

2021-05-10 at 23:48 GMT+0000 UTC


Company people need to be out promoting the hobby. Bob Heil and the folks at Bridgecom are good examples of being enthusiastic and energetic evangelists for the hobby.

2021-05-10 at 23:31 GMT+0000 UTC


Keep encouraging the maker communities through open APIs, published standards and repairability – we are some of your most ardent fans.

2021-05-10 at 23:29 GMT+0000 UTC


Get on the air! Be nice. When you hear a bunch of grumpy hams, join in and be positive. Work a newbie like it was rare DX and make them feel GREAT after you sign with them. Do 52! Push yourself and work a mode that makes you think. Realize how amazing the wonder of radio is.

2021-05-12 at 07:42 GMT+0000 UTC


Get on the air , use the repeaters be prepared

2021-05-12 at 02:03 GMT+0000 UTC


Remember that it’s only a hobby. Stop getting angry with each other.

2021-05-11 at 21:15 GMT+0000 UTC


We need more openness and friendly discussion on the air. In addition to sometimes open hostility, their is far to much “back in my day we did things the right way” type talk that makes people feel unwelcome. There’s also too many ignorant political discussions on the air, which is a surefire way to turn off anyone listening. We get enough of that stuff in everyday life, we don’t need to perpetuate it in our spare time on the air as well.

2021-05-11 at 18:37 GMT+0000 UTC


Stay the course …. things will improve and continue to promote our hobby via school demo’s and ISS contacts in schools!!

2021-05-11 at 13:08 GMT+0000 UTC


Get on the air more, scout youths to join the amateur radio community.

2021-05-11 at 00:47 GMT+0000 UTC


Gratitude is a wonderful thing. I’m grateful to be a part of the greatest hobby in the universe.

2021-05-11 at 00:43 GMT+0000 UTC


Fellow amateur radio operators- I hope everyone else is enjoying this hobby as much as I am. I am greatly appreciative to all of y’all who volunteer as Storm Spotters or to help with emcomm. I am only a technician class operator, so I can’t have fun with the HF bands yet. I am studying for my general and I can’t wait to hit the air on those bands. I think this is a great hobby for youth/young people. I am only 13 and I immensely enjoy it.

73, KI5NLT

2021-05-10 at 23:48 GMT+0000 UTC


Have fun! Too many cranky old folks on the bands. Too many that act like it is their own little private sandbox

2021-05-10 at 23:31 GMT+0000 UTC


Be excellent to each other!

2021-05-10 at 23:29 GMT+0000 UTC


To authorities and associations

I was disappointed by the FCC fees and hope to help retract that decision. I hope we can find and fund better on-air policing as there are a few individuals that should not be allowed to operate any radio transmitter. I am grateful to the ARRL for all their technical assistance and guidance.

2021-05-12 at 07:42 GMT+0000 UTC


Force HOA’s to allow reasonable antennas

2021-05-12 at 02:03 GMT+0000 UTC


I’d like to see more enforcement actions. Stop allowing the “this is my frequency” folks and the guys who flagrantly violate the rules.

2021-05-11 at 21:15 GMT+0000 UTC


Spend some money to ensure compliance to the field. Cutting the hands of FCC is not the answer. ARRL is doing all it can and using all it has to fight for the hobby. Government needs to realize that Ham Radio is necessary!

2021-05-11 at 13:08 GMT+0000 UTC


Get rid of the $35 fee, and expand amateur radio to attract youths.

2021-05-11 at 00:47 GMT+0000 UTC


CCR’s are way too restrictive. Placing limits on them will help amateur radio and hurt no one.

2021-05-11 at 00:43 GMT+0000 UTC


I completely support the current system with all of it’s rules and regulations, but there are a few things I would change if I could.

1. I would average prices of the radios themselves to make them more affordable.
2. I would create a federal site for dealing with repeaters/antennas for repeaters to be registered on, and would have information about antennas.

I want to thank the FCC for doing such a great job with the United States Amateur Radio regulations.

2021-05-10 at 23:48 GMT+0000 UTC


Clean up the bands

2021-05-10 at 23:31 GMT+0000 UTC


The ARRL’s “On the Air” magazine is a great idea – lucid explanations without too much jargon, encourages

2021-05-10 at 23:29 GMT+0000 UTC


Please encourage our stakeholders to reconsider when harvesting spectrum used by amateurs for commercial or other uses. Spectrum is important to the life and future of the art and science of this terrific hobby. Expand awareness where possible in our schools to encourage young people to explore radio as a science, which can lead to education in the sciences. A few will go on to replace the aging population of amateurs and take the mantle of leadership to keep it strong, vibrant, and to under gird the national resource of emergency communicators needed in case of natural disasters in regions of our continent. Thank you for supporting us, and I’m grateful the hobby stayed strong for me to get in at this late in my life. It is delightful.

2021-05-10 at 20:14 GMT+0000 UTC


To gear manufacturers

Thank you for advancing our communication technology! Your products changed the world, please consider adding an online museum of all of your products, even if they were stinkers, it’s important history. Build openly, your firmware is often sub-par, allow the users to modify it. Help/donate to open digital codecs, they need all the work we can give them since they are the future of all radio. Please (pretty please) don’t make disposable gear–make it a priority to assist and make available replacement parts and IC’s. Put your very best efforts towards your manuals and advanced manuals. Create operating instructional videos and advanced operation videos for your equipment, the Internet can handle it now.

2021-05-12 at 07:42 GMT+0000 UTC


220 radios

2021-05-12 at 02:03 GMT+0000 UTC


Provide more software-upgradable radios to extend the life of radios. With so much SDR available much could be done to provide new features more frequently.

2021-05-11 at 21:15 GMT+0000 UTC


Base output power should be 200 watts. Increase the sensitivity and performance of receivers.

2021-05-11 at 13:08 GMT+0000 UTC


Better Tx noise performance as this limits ability of others to operate

2021-05-11 at 07:31 GMT+0000 UTC


Sell parts online to make it user repairable, user repairability should be a right and not taken away from the company.

2021-05-11 at 00:47 GMT+0000 UTC


More and bigger screens and fewer buttons.

2021-05-11 at 00:43 GMT+0000 UTC


My message to manufacturers. BAOFENG- I have a something like a UV5R and it’s not my best radio… I don’t think I would recommend Baofeng to a friend because they are not that high quality and folks on YouTube say that their Baofeng died before they were supposed to. YAESU- I have your FT-60 and I love it. I use it 9-10x more than the UV5R, I actually don’t use the UV5R anymore. I am a technician so I can’t make use of the HF bands, so I like VHF/UHF radios. I This is my kind of radio manufacturer… very high quality. ICOM- I have never owned any of your products but I hear they are great. Maybe you could bring the price down a little for young folks like me that don’t have that kind of money. I know how much work goes into those radios.

2021-05-10 at 23:48 GMT+0000 UTC


Company people need to be out promoting the hobby. Bob Heil and the folks at Bridgecom are good examples of being enthusiastic and energetic evangelists for the hobby.

2021-05-10 at 23:31 GMT+0000 UTC


Keep encouraging the maker communities through open APIs, published standards and repairability – we are some of your most ardent fans.

2021-05-10 at 23:29 GMT+0000 UTC


To fellow hams

Get on the air! Be nice. When you hear a bunch of grumpy hams, join in and be positive. Work a newbie like it was rare DX and make them feel GREAT after you sign with them. Do 52! Push yourself and work a mode that makes you think. Realize how amazing the wonder of radio is.

2021-05-12 at 07:42 GMT+0000 UTC


Get on the air , use the repeaters be prepared

2021-05-12 at 02:03 GMT+0000 UTC


Remember that it’s only a hobby. Stop getting angry with each other.

2021-05-11 at 21:15 GMT+0000 UTC


We need more openness and friendly discussion on the air. In addition to sometimes open hostility, their is far to much “back in my day we did things the right way” type talk that makes people feel unwelcome. There’s also too many ignorant political discussions on the air, which is a surefire way to turn off anyone listening. We get enough of that stuff in everyday life, we don’t need to perpetuate it in our spare time on the air as well.

2021-05-11 at 18:37 GMT+0000 UTC


Stay the course …. things will improve and continue to promote our hobby via school demo’s and ISS contacts in schools!!

2021-05-11 at 13:08 GMT+0000 UTC


Get on the air more, scout youths to join the amateur radio community.

2021-05-11 at 00:47 GMT+0000 UTC


Gratitude is a wonderful thing. I’m grateful to be a part of the greatest hobby in the universe.

2021-05-11 at 00:43 GMT+0000 UTC


Fellow amateur radio operators- I hope everyone else is enjoying this hobby as much as I am. I am greatly appreciative to all of y’all who volunteer as Storm Spotters or to help with emcomm. I am only a technician class operator, so I can’t have fun with the HF bands yet. I am studying for my general and I can’t wait to hit the air on those bands. I think this is a great hobby for youth/young people. I am only 13 and I immensely enjoy it.

73, KI5NLT

2021-05-10 at 23:48 GMT+0000 UTC


Have fun! Too many cranky old folks on the bands. Too many that act like it is their own little private sandbox

2021-05-10 at 23:31 GMT+0000 UTC


Be excellent to each other!

2021-05-10 at 23:29 GMT+0000 UTC


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