Cool Link – Battling the “Why not use cellphones/internet?” Relevancy Debate

I have a constant struggle with how to explain ham radio to those who don’t know about it but are interested, and to those who argue that it’s not relevent, so I took to reddit to scrounge for better ideas than finding myself talking someone’s ear off about EME and contesting and WSPR and 1,500 watts and licensing and so on and so on and so on. Check it out below:

Battling the "Why not use cellphones/internet?" Relevancy Debate from amateurradio

Cool Link: Amateur Radio As Fast As Possible

You being here probably means you already know what ham radio is. However, I know for a fact you have friends, or acquaintances, or people you know, or brushed shoulders with but just happened to have their Facebook and Twitter info…so send them this:

It’s exactly what ham radio has been waiting for — PR outside of our own circles. In just a few hours it’s gotten over 8,000 views and growing – unprecedented for even the best ham radio channels like K7AGE and the ARRL themselves.

It’s already drawing a group of interested people to the reddit thread it was shared on.

And in fact it was the /r/AmateurRadio subreddit where the original scripter sought ideas! Awesome!!

Share that video! Make more hams!

Cool Link 1: Young Lady North Texas Net Blog

I listen to the Everything Ham Radio podcast, and the latest episode, titled “a YL’s view of Amateur Radio,” Curtis, with Allison Hollier, KG5BHY talked about her The Young Lady North Texas Net Blog.

It’s a really detailed and expansive blog authored and curated by Allison. It provides a woman’s view on the hobby – something amateur radio definitely needs more of. Most of it’s technical, with some history and discussion interspersed, but it’s a really good read overall! She writes each blog in coordination with the weekly topic on the North Texas YL net – every Monday at 8pm central on their local 440 repeater (442.325 (127.3 tone) in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. More info here:

Check out her blog at