Inspiration courtesy of CQ Contest Digest and a pertinent question indeed.
I'm foregoing a dissertation like posting for short answers but RadioSport USA really, really needs to explore this issue.
- Ham radio is boring when bumped against gaming technology.
- Gamers have world wide access without the need for a wire antenna strung from the roof of one's home.
- Ham radio is a technical hobby and just look at enrollments at engineering schools.
- Engineering salaries are not competitive enough in the American labor market.
- American youth just do not 'get it' like our European counterparts.
- American ham radio must learn to compete against the gaming culture.
- Local clubs need to improve retention and reach out into unconventional venues.
- European youth want to compete in the game where human meets technology.
- European clubs are doing a better job at reaching out to the next generation.
- European ham radio operators are more passionate about the hobby.
- Youthful excitement is contagious.
- American CC&R and HOA regulations play a significant role just look at our suburbs.