As we become more dependent on advanced technology, we begin to sometimes value the reliability of low tech. When digital mp3 files vanish into the cloud, you think about those old reliable vinyl LPs in the box. When the internet or a wireless network goes down, the modern wired-up citizen of planet Earth is suddenly on some asteroid of media isolation — hence the value of go old low tech analog, amateur radio. In the internet generation ham radio has also grown and the different ways of being connected do not compete they enhance each other. In fact, ham radio is more popular than at any time in U.S. history, according to a recent report from the American Radio Relay League.
John Pritchett, otherwise known as ham radio operator of W6JWK, is a ham enthusiast and talks about why its a trend that will not die.