| Once upon a time, you were expected to know at least rudimentary electronics | and the Morse Code. Both have nearly disappeared as requirements and both | are certainly on the list to be dropped entirely.
Morse code, yes, the FCC is looking to drop it as a testing requirement, and many other governments already have, but that doesn't mean that people won't still be using CW.
Rudimentary electronics knowledge is still required to pass the tests, and I know of no plans to remove this requirement. Do you? And of course you still need to know a little bit about it to hook up your power, your antennas, etc. -- nevermind what the testing is about.
(Granted, the electronics knowledge needed now IS pretty rudimentary, but I'm not disagreeing with on on that.)
Why do people get so worked up about the FCC's amateur radio tests test? It's not like the tests are intended to mirror what is done with ham radio or something. (Not that I'm really sure what the purposes of the tests are, beyond to keep out the riff-raff. In fact, that's probably the only reason the tests are there.)
| So what is left? Glorified CB. That's it.
Even CB generally requires (or at least benefits from) some electical knowledge. Not much is required, but some.
| Of course, I suspect that new hobbies are being born all of the time, but I | doubt if there is any emphasis on manual dexterity. If so, please let me | know what they are, as I do not have a clue.
In any event, kit building is not going away any time soon. Sure, you might have to order a kit rather than buy it on an impulse at your hobby shop, but that doesn't mean they're gone. As long as there is a demand for kits, people will produce them.
And even if the kits went away entirely (which they won't), couldn't people still build from scratch? I wonder what the general sentiment looked like back when kits started coming out? I can make a guess ...
We had to find our own wood, cut it ourselves to match their plans, etc. -- and yet people are now buying pre-cut wood with plans, all to assemble a plane? These new people obviously aren't *real* modelers
-- real modelers cut their own wood!
Of course, it probably goes back even further ...
You built your planes with *plans*? Blasphemy! Real modelers design their own planes, then build them themselves. All they had to do is buy wood and glue at the store ...
You bought wood and glue at the store? Luxury! We had to grow our own trees, and had to convert our horses to glue in our kitchens!
You had trees and horses?!?! What opulence! We had to build our planes from rocks and to use mud to hold them together ...
You had rocks and mud!?! ...