Welcome to 2020!

Greetings fellow operators! I hope 2020 finds you well and excited for another year in amateur radio!

I wanted to drop a quick note to let everyone know I've already begun work on the 2020 State of the Hobby survey, which will hopefully be released in mid-March. I typically kick the survey off when March begins, but this year I will be traveling during that time. I want to be able to devote the appropriate level of time to the survey so will prep ahead of time and release mid-March. Be sure subscribe (if you have not already) to the blog to get an email notification when it's released.

I wanted to go over a few things for 2020, both what has changed and what has stayed the same.

What Has ChangedAnonymity - This survey can now be taken completely anonymously. You can provide a call if you'd like, but it's not required nor is a Google sign-in. I suspect there will be many attempts at data manipulation (there has been every year I've done this) and working with Google…

2020 State of the Hobby Postponed

I wanted to drop a quick note out to those who follow our communications. Due to the increasing and radical changes in daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 State of the Hobby survey has been postponed. Please subscribe for more details on when the survey will be released. Stay safe out there and God bless.

ICQ Podcast discusses the State of the Hobby

The crew over at the ICQ Podcast talk about the State of the Hobby survey, among other topics. It's certainly a bit odd listening to a panel of well-respected hams discuss the project. Many thanks to them for the feedback and for the flowers. Frank, if you're reading this, I may have to pick your brain for the 2020 survey! :-)

2019 State of the Hobby Results

Radio amateurs have spoken and the results are in!

I truly hope you read and enjoy the report below. It represents approximately 120 hours of blood, sweat and tears each spring, donated out of love for amateur radio and a sense of duty to help in some way. Share these results with your clubs, ham friends and family, and most importantly challenge them (and yourself) to use the information to enact positive change. We all know this hobby isn't one we can do solo - it's in our best interest to improve and grow it each and every year. It doesn't have to be a grand gesture either - to quote the greatest movie ever, Contact, starting the marvelous Jodie Foster, "small moves Ellie, small moves". Do something small within your community or club to positively promote the hobby and create that ripple.

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Everything Ham Radio talks about the SOTH!

If you have not subscribed to this channel, I highly recommend this! Great content from a fellow ham!

Are you a radio amateur outside the US? We're looking for you.

And by we're I mean me.
Each year I attempt to make the State of the Hobby survey a bit more geocentric. While amateur radio is something that can be enjoyed around the global, some of the issues and topics are very regionally specific. The viewpoints and concerns of hams outside of the US are just as important, and can offer fantastic insights if properly collected.
In an effort to increase the global nature of the questions solicited, I'd like to partner with a few hams from around the world for 2020. I'd like this to be a small panel of hams who have specific insights into both questions pertaining to their specific regions and into those questions on the general portion that may not be applicable.
Specifically, I'm looking for representation from the following continents / regions / countries: Europe (e.g. UK, Western Europe, Eastern Europe)Oceania (e.g. Australia / NZ)South AmericaCentral AmericaRussiaAfricaJapanChinaIndia
Ideally, having a background in statistic…

Patreon for the State of the Hobby

During the course of this survey and it's development, some people have mentioned launching a Patreon page as a way to support the initiative. While I administer the survey out of interest and as a service to those who read the results, I've decided to do just that. The survey is currently financially sustainable out of my pocket, however I'd like to grow this each year and with that comes some opportunity to invest in new platforms.

To that end, while Google Survey is the right price (free), it's not without it's limitations. I've received feedback that some of the questions lack clear or functional responses, something due in part to the Google platform. Others have also shown concern over the hosting of this survey on Google itself, and while I don't share in those concerns, it doesn't make them any less valid.

I'm going start a Patreon as an option for those who would like to financially support this initiative. This survey will always remain n…