KE4JCD - Amateur Radio
Amateur Radio is Kaput!
The Amateur Radio hobby is not in decline, it’s pushing up daisies. There is hardly any activity on the lower bands, and the VHF/UHF bands have been a wasteland for years. Many old-timers are gone, and the young people use mobile phones to surf the internet. Even Shortwave Radio is in decline. The Amateur Radio hobby has faded away into history as more people fall in love with the Internet. A hobby that depends on having someone to talk with on the radio, but all that can be heard is static. When the Internet has loads of things to do. That's when we (KE4JCD & KF4BEL) got rid of our antenna's, which were an eye-sore and sold out. It's time to quit promoting obsolete technology and embrace new ones like Zello, Zoom, Jitsi, Social Media, Gaming, Reading eBooks, Online Shopping, Email, etc. Today, we (KE4JCD) enjoy our retirement by reading ebooks; it's where we got the CB Radio nickname of Bookworm Cowboy. We (KE4JCD & KF4BEL) love hunting for deals on Amazon, eBay, etc. I (KE4JCD) play multiplayer games like World of Tanks, World of Warships, World of Warplanes, Grand Theft Auto Online, Avakin Life, Sudoku, Lichess.org, Lidraughts.org, etc. The only sports I (KE4JCD) enjoy is Esports, and we love viewing our favorite Esports game players/teams on Dlive.tv, Twitch.tv, Trovo or Storyfire. I (KE4JCD) listen to fire and police calls on our smartphone with an app, Scanner Radio Pro. We (KE4JCD & KF4BEL) ONLY enjoy classic TV shows or movies from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, the good stuff. If you're ready to join the 21st century and wish to learn more about having fun on the Internet; please visit our other sites at BookwormCowboy.info, RobertHartung.rocks, Chattybob.com, NuttyBob.com, WeirdWorldofWonder.com, BookwormCowboy.rocks or review our Blog on Technology, Hobbies, Getting Active, Cooking, Gardening, Tiny Homes, Off Grid Living, Florida Attractions, Unusual Attractions Around the United States, Odd Places to Stay, Famous Graves, Reinvent Yourself, Nutty Bob's Place, Photo Gallery and Multiplayer Gaming.
CB Radio - The Original Social Media Network
Before Friendster, Myspace, Facebook, Meta Threads or Twitter. CB Radio was the original social media network people used throughout the United States and other parts of the world. People would give smoky reports, traffic and weather advisories, give directions, cut up and men loved to report about the fine-looking beavers; especially if the ladies were driving convertibles and the men jokingly claim to be driving by to check out the lady's seat-covers; LoL! I and Tutti Cowgirl were both hard-core CB Radio enthusiasts for years. Yep, back in the day, you rarely sew a car, truck or home without a CB Radio. We started when we were young and received our first CB Radio for our birthday. When we came home from school or work, we fired up the TV and our CB Radio; to chat the day and night away with our CB Radio friends from around the world! When we started into CB Radio, there were only 23 channels, and you needed an FCC license. The FCC allowed us to use our father's call-sign of KAVJ-1318. When we left home on our 18th birthday, and got a place of our own. Then we had to get our own call-sign of KBMV-3443. Our CB handle was the Bookworm. People jokingly gave us our CB handle because we spent lots of time reading books and loved to talk about what we were reading. In the 70s, they went from 23 to 40 channels. The need for an FCC license ended on April 28, 1983. However, the CB Radio lost much of its appeal because of the development of mobile phones and the internet. Yep, when the Internet came along, we got rid of our antenna's, which were an eye-sore and sold out. Today, you still have a small number who use the CB Radio, and some have tried Amateur Radio. However, Amateur Radio is suffering the same fate because of the development of mobile phones and the internet. In time, both hobbies will fade away into history as more people fall in love with the Internet.
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