The original intent of this thread seems to be a questioning commentary on the decrease in postings on tech. There are two questions this prompts: “Is the r/c hobby dying down” and “does a lack of posting indicate a lack of interest”.
With shops and tracks closing down (granted, we don’t have factual data to see nationally how many have opened – dirt/carpet/micro/indoor flight/ slot/ etc ) the general consensus seems to be that r/c racing has been waning. There are seasons to consider as winter carpet racers go dirt and vice versa, but it seems that both have decreased numbers in attendance.
However, there are many areas of interest for an r/c enthusiast. With micro-flight being made easier and cheaper, Rock Crawling on the grow, micro tracks not requiring as much space (or $), the long history of r/c boating, not to mention all the different types of vehicles like snow mobiles (http://youtube.com/watch?v=g1yLWctmOmc
), and tons of other gadgets to play with it could be that the amount of enthusiasts are still there, just playing with other toys. So is the r/c hobby dying down? I think ‘racing’ has been getting less attention, but mostly I believe once you are an r/c enthusiast, you always will be.
This ‘could’ be the case in terms of less postings but if it is I can only hope it is because people are busy working so our economy can regain some of its strength. If there was a goal of getting more people engaged in posting, then the ever helpful attitude that got ‘me’ into carpet racing along with a humorous and friendly atmosphere that keeps me there should be at the for front of all posting attempts.
Ok, that’s my diatribe.