Here's an idea for all the doomsayers out there.....how about approaching your local community college about hosting a basic course? You might be pleasantly surprised.
Here in Kingston, the Frontenac Amateur Radio Club approached St. Lawrence College about hosting a ham radio course and they couldn't do enough for us!
Starting on the evening of January 18th, we will be running a course at St. Lawrence College, and it's full, all 28 seats in the electronics lab we have the use of have been filled........and the average age of the students is 23. So much for being an "old farts" hobby!!
Many Thanks go out to St. Lawrence College for their great support and help in getting this course off the ground!