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BE Informed No. 2.13      

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The Hunt


Stereotype W

John B. Johnston W3BE

Q. Our amateur service community organizers seem to be fixated upon what will attract the majority of young people into amateur radio, and what our mutual expectations should be. They seem determined to attract new generations to amateur radio and make sure we promote amateur radio as meeting their needs, rather than promoting the historical view of what amateur radio has to offer. So what will be the next generation?

A. Next in line is Stereotype W.

Q. What is a ham stereotype?

A. Stereotyping of ham generations began with a most revealing report wherein it says our amateur service community “is no longer saddled with the stereotype of a ham radio operator being a grumpy, older guy in his basement with a big tower and antenna in his backyard talking to other parts of the world.

   Now it is a lot of people — mainly in the 25-40 demographic — who are very intrigued by learning electronics as a skill set and they're turning to ham radio to learn basic fundamental electronics. They earn a Technician license and get a $100 handheld radio that allows them to communicate with people in their general, local area.  It's a way for them to serve their community in times of need - not just during disasters, but during public events like races, parades, things like that.”

   So, with the grumpy old Stereotype Z no longer saddling ham radio, and with Stereotype Y not far behind, it is Stereotype X mounting up and going hunting for Stereotype W.

Q. What will they be hunting for?

A. Stereotype W will be comprised, obviously, of young people in the under 25 demographics.

Q. What are the present stereotypes?

A. Extrapolating from the report, our U. S. amateur service community is comprised of three major stereotypes:

   Stereotype X: Modern Ham with less than 25-year tenure. They are amazed to find that ham radio is just a matter of memorizing answers from a book and scanning ads for imported radios. Irked at learning new HTs are now $24. Long range objective: Get a working battery for the HT tomorrow or maybe next month; possibly even a mag-mount next year. 

   Stereotype Y: Pre-retirement with 25- to 40-year tenure – mainly in the 41-65 demographic. Looking forward to hamming all day, lunching with other retired hams, Caribbean cruising, finally getting that cranky club repeater working right, and going south for the cold months. Objective: Positioning to get a good call sign now held by a certain aging Stereotype Z.

   Stereotype Z: Over-the-hill geezers mainly in the 66+ demographic. Have caches of old radios and war surplus in their man-caves. Only emerge between DXpeditions and for lunching with other Stereotype Zs. Have blown their 401Ks on linear amplifiers and those big towers & antennas. Still irate over incentive licensing and no-code. Hoarding all of the good call signs: “That Stereotype Y SOB will have to pry this 1-by-2 from my cold, cold hands.”

   W3BE-O-GRAM: Inside every Stereotype Z geezer there is a Stereotype X youngster wondering, “What the heck happened?”

Q. I want to join the Hunt for Stereotype W. What should I do?

A. You should interact with lots of young people in their activities. Tell them that amateur radio is here to help them meet their needs.

Q. I tried interacting with a young lady from the one family in this neighborhood who still speaks to me. I told her that ham radio is here to help her meet her needs. Our neighbors shun us because they are irate over my rusting tower.

A. You are now a Stereotype W Hunter. So what happened?

Q. She was busy texting. She wanted a minimum of $15 per hour to listen to me talk. We settled on five bucks for 15 minutes of listening to me. But she kept on texting while I talked. Was that appropriate?

A. That must be the going rate. You have learned about how valuable time is to the Stereotype W generation and how they intercommunicate via smartphones.

Q. I asked about her needs. She wants to have her friends over for a tower-climbing rock band concert.

A. Bully! What else did you learn?

Q. She fixed my smartphone and showed me how to download some really neat apps. That’s all I could learn before the cops arrived. One of my neighbors called them. I am now under a restraining order.

A. That is unfortunate, but your experience should be a warning to other Stereotype W Hunters. So, how do you assess the needs of Stereotype W?

Q. Based upon that encounter, the pressing need of Stereotype W is for more ham apps like Doctor DX. Apps that replace the large collection of apparatus in the basement and monster towers that outrage neighbors. They need ham apps for each band/mode. There should be ham apps to emulate the traditional experience of HF phone contesting: unstable band conditions, heavy QRM, line noise, atmospheric static, king-of the-hill egos, and all of the other neat stuff that makes exchanging call signs & 5-9 reports so enjoyable for hours on end.

A. Where are all the Doctors DX when we need them. 

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October 26, 2017

Supersedes all previous editions