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 Changed

  • Anonymity - 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 I have a some strategies to combat that. Hopefully this change does not render the survey ineffective.
  • Likert Scales Explained - In the past I've tried to explain the 1 through 5 Likert scaling best I could. This year I will be given specific examples of what each level (2, 3, and 4) also mean. Hopefully this results in better quality data and less confusion.
  • Minor Question Revisions - This is general clear up, removed some questions, added some for 2020, reworded some, etc.
  • Pateron / Project Funding - I had opened up a Patreon account to see if this initiative was something people were passionate enough about to make a donation. I have found that we're not there yet, and that's okay. This is not, nor never will be about making money, but if this was a entity or cause people wanted to donate to help support, I wanted to make that an option.

What Has Not Changed

  • Venue - I had hoped to be able to afford a more robust survey platform, but alas that is not the case. I will again be using Google Survey which is sufficient enough for my use.
  • Mission - The mission of the survey is the same, this is a non-scientific survey with the goal of spreading awareness in the community, sparking conversation and to be fun.

With all that said, I couldn't be more excited about the survey this year (my amnesia is in full effect). I'm looking forward to working with members of the ham radio community as well as read the opinions of all of you, many of whom I call friends. Hopefully, this will be a year devoid of death threats, but I doubt it.

Be sure to subscribe to the blog and be on the lookout mid-March for what is hopefully the best survey to date!

Dustin N8RMA

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