When I was a kid I wanted something better than toy walkie-talkies to communicate. I wanted a pro quality handheld. I got a Technician as that seemed the solution (although business band radios might have been a better solution since you can say more anything and not have to give call signs). Then cell phones came out. Then handheld cell phones. Now we even have Nextel and they have a professionally maintained repeater network they call 'cell towers.' I guess they still don't work point to point, but we have GMRS now, which is nearly license-free and has a few watts and it can communicate with friends who only have FRS which you can buy for $25. And then we have both internet forums and instant messaging, even with video cameras. This should satisfy any need to talk to like-minded complete strangers -- except now rather than just talk to people who also like HAM radio, you can talk to people who just like Glocks. I propose that any remaining interest in amateur radio is from childhood nostalgia of the people who are still doing it, and in another generation it will be totally dead and perhaps the bandwidth should be reclaimed for other uses. Does anyone have an interest in this form of communication that is not based on a childhood memory of when it was new and exciting because there was nothing else?