"amateur radio is becoming more and more niche"
Baloney. sheer and utter Baloney.
Statistics released by UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom indicate that the Amateur Radio population in the UK has grown by approximately 10% over the past 5 years. As of the end of August 2017, there were 52,195 Full licensees, 9,739 Intermediate licensees, and 22,649 Foundation licensees.
at over 80,000 signed up licensees and more amateur radio clubs than ever before, the figure is way way ligher than the number of offshore radio fans - who seem to number bareley over 1,000.
Over 80,000 is rather more than a NICHE, and the number has shown steady GROWTH. And thats only among those who bother getting a licence.
People who make such disparanging and nonsensical statements without any regard to the facts (or, I suspect, any researchj whatsoever) are just dreary old pessimists who should go and spread their despondency to the Digital Skying board - y'know, that bunch of ILR and Light Program lovers who enjoy dismissing offshore radio.
(Sorry about that little rant - makes my blood boil! )
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