Only a few years ago, blogs listed ham radio alongside 35 mm film and VHS tape as technologies slated to disappear.
They were wrong.
Nearly 700,000 Americans have ham radio licenses — up 60 percent from 1981, a generation ago. And the number is growing.
Ham radio will never have the sex appeal of the iPhone, but it does have a certain nerd appeal, says Allen Weiner, an analyst at the technology research firm Gartner.
Back when I was just getting my first vehicle (a ram50) I had a CB in it, and it was awesome that I was able to communicate with friends on the other side of the county. The cost barrier seems pretty low for ham radio, so maybe this is something that I could try out.