Six and a half years ago, I was a newly licensed 13 year old Amateur Radio operator. I had found something for me to enjoy doing in my free time alongside Boy Scouts.
Now at the age of 20, I feel like my passion for the hobby has burned away.
I used my callsign for the first time in a while in a QSO with Matthew, NR0Q and Pete, NS0D on echolink in the early morning hours of Dec. 30. The conversation got me thinking.
I attend college at a NCAA Division II school in Northwest Missouri. The town has a little over 12,000 people living there. Through my two years of experience, there is virtually no amateur radio presence.
I have taken my handheld radio up with me, and have never made one contact. As much as I hate to say it, it isn’t worth taking my mobile rig with me to set up in a small dorm room if I’m never going to talk with anyone.
When I am home from school, it is usually for a weekend unless it is a holiday break. My first thought is to enjoy time with family, so I never really bother to turn on the radio. When I do, it is by a time where everyone else is away from UHF and VHF.
My presence on the air is virtually gone. There is really nobody to blame, not even myself. I have developed a passion for telling stories as a sports journalist within my college’s media program.
This past fall, I spent every Friday night on the sidelines covering High School Football. Every Saturday was spent enjoying my college’s football team, which I also covered every now and then. This winter, I plan on covering a LOT of basketball too.
Outside of the coverage, I spend parts of five other days planning, producing, and critiquing content of publications. Any other time is spent in class, studying, or relaxing with friends.
From time to time I find myself listening to repeaters on https://www.radioreference.com/. Other times I listen to http://www.websdr.org/. And to be honest, I come out of experience thinking one thing: I miss Amateur Radio.
My goal for 2017 is to increase my presence on echolink. The Kansas City Area is continuously evolving its presence on echo link. There are repeaters from all around the metro in the community, one having a net at least two or three times a week.
There are many things I could be doing other than Amateur Radio, but somehow I want to find a way to bring it back into my life.
You’ll see me becoming more active in the twitter sphere again as @KD0LOS.
I plan to use twitter to recreate amateur radio connections I have lost. It is up to me to follow up through what I have said, and I challenge you to do the same.