In effort to understand how the ham radio community is currently using digital voice modes or their willingness to use them, a short survey was put together and made it available to the ham community on March 21, 2014.
The following methodology was used in carrying out the survey.
- The survey consisted of 20 questions;
- Participation in the survey was open to all hams around the world, regardless of whether they have used digital voice technologies or not;
- The link to the survey was shared directly to a number of online channels, including the VA3XPR website, Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Yahoo! Groups. It is important to note that while the survey was directly shared with the aforementioned online channels, hams were free to share the survey with any other online channels, social media networks or email contacts;
- There were 213 total respondents;
- The survey duration was 9 calendar days (March 21 – March 29th)
Below are the results to each of the questions presented in the survey.
Are you currently capable of operating on any of the ham radio bands using digital voice modes?
How frequently do you use ham radio digital voice modes?
Which ham radio bands have you operated on using digital voice modes in the past 12 months? Please choose all that apply.
|HF (160m – 10m)||32||9%|
Which ham radio digital voice modes are you capable of using? Please choose all that apply.
|Digital Mobile Radio (DMR)||120||35%|
|APCO Project 25 (P25)||49||14%|
What type of equipment supporting ham radio digital voice modes do you have? Please choose all that apply.
From what manufacturers do you have equipment for use on the ham bands that supports digital voice? Please choose all that apply.
What ham radio digital modes have you used over the past 12 months? Please choose all that apply.
|Digital Mobile Radio (DMR)||118||34%|
|APCO Project 25 (P25)||50||14%|
How likely are you to invest in equipment for use on the ham radio bands that is capable of digital voice within the next 12 months?
If within the next 12 months, you are to invest in equipment for use on the ham radio bands that is capable of digital voice modes, which digital voice mode will it support? Please choose all that apply.
|Digital Mobile Radio (DMR)||151||44%|
|APCO Project 25 (P25)||44||13%|
What is the reason(s) that you have invested in equipment that is capable of using digital voice modes on the ham radio bands? Please choose all that apply.
|I wanted the benefits of digital voice||138||39%|
|I wanted to try something new||140||39%|
|My ham radio friends convinced me||36||10%|
What as the reason(s) that you have not invested in equipment that is capable of using digital voice modes on the ham radio bands? Please choose all that apply.
|Too many technology choices for digital voice||25||9%|
|Not any better than analog voice||13||5%|
|My ham radio friends are not using digital voice||18||6%|
|No coverage for digital voice in my area||35||12%|
|I need more information first||14||5%|
What aspects of ham radio digital voice modes do you enjoy the most? Please choose all that apply.
|Specific features only found with digital voice equipment||109||18%|
What aspects of ham radio digital voice modes do you enjoy the least? Please choose all that apply.
|Specific features only found with digital voice equipment||17||6%|
What equipment aspects for ham radio digital voice modes would positively influence your purchase intent the most over the next 12 months? Please choose all that apply.
|The ability to support multiple ham bands (i.e. dual-band, tri-band, etc.)||126||21%|
|The ability to support under-utilized bands (220 MHz, 902 MHz, 1296 MHz)||66||11%|
|The ability to support multiple digital voice modes (D-STAR, DMR, P25, etc.)||140||23%|
|Easier to use equipment||36||6%|
|Front keypad programmability||86||14%|
|Less expensive equipment||97||16%|
How much would you be willing to spend on equipment that supported your desired digital voice format?
|$1 – $99||2||1%|
|$100 – $199||21||10%|
|$200 – $299||42||20%|
|$300 – $399||38||18%|
|$400 – $499||25||12%|
|$500 – $599||23||11%|
|$600 – $699||6||3%|
|$700 – $799||7||3%|
|$800 – $899||1||0%|
|$900 – $999||4||2%|
|I prefer not to say||13||6%|
What type of equipment supporting ham radio digital voice modes will you be purchasing over the next 12 months? Please choose all that apply.
Where is your age?
|18 – 24||3||1%|
|25 – 39||38||18%|
|40 – 54||78||37%|
|55 – 69||79||37%|
|70 – 84||10||5%|
|85 – 99||0||0%|
|I prefer not to say||5||2%|
What is your gender?
|I prefer not to say||7||3%|
Where are you located?
|I prefer not to say||0||0%|
How many years have you had your ham radio license?
|1 – 5||32||15%|
|6 – 10||22||10%|
|11 – 25||77||36%|
|I prefer not to say||3||1%|