Ars Technica has posted yet another silly article, “Dead media walking? ‘Obsolete’ communications systems live on,” declaring amateur radio to be an outdated technology. Fortunately, many hams, like myself, have commented on the article to set the record straight. One comment that I liked was from someone using the name cream wobbly:
I like the way you completely gloss over the rise of Internet-like technologies over the amateur radio bands, packet radio being at the inception of this; and any other developments that have arisen from amateur radio, such as SDR, the basis of the Joint Tactical Radio System. Others have commented on the disaster preparedness of radio amateurs, too. If this were /. you’d’ve been instructed to hand in your geek card, Mr. Lasar. Sheesh.
I’d encourage everyone who reads this to head on over there and add a comment of your own.