Update: It's 1000 hobbies, not just 99

... just kidding. But I stumbled across this transcript of Onno's podcast in one of the most unlikely places, and I've added his feed to my page here. You can read the text of this particular podcast, and more, titled "What's the point of this hobby" at http://www.99hobbies.com/aggregator/sources/3

He begins:

One of the recurring questions in this hobby, technically outside this hobby, asked by people who've not yet, or have only just been bitten by the bug, is: "What's the point of this hobby?"

Time machine: K1JT's WSPR presentation

Ten years ago, almost a full solar cycle ago, I had the privilege of being with Joe Taylor, K1JT, at our Masscon event. Dr. Taylor gave an exciting talk about WSPR and, at that time, nobody had even thought about FT-8. You can hear his reasons and design decisions for turning a lab project into a real way of measuring and participating in this study of ham radio, propagation, and 'watching the sun'.