I got into ham radio mostly because I like playing with and modifying hardware and it's nearly impossible to do anything useful to computer hardware because it's too advanced. It's still possible to build a useful radio or build one from a kit.
Raspberry PI's and Arduinos are really helpful to those of us that aren't EE's.
Totally agree about the (incompatible) state of digital voice modes.
I am a bit perplexed as to why Open Source software isn't bigger in ham radio, though it does have a presence. I like the ARRL but I think they have too cozy a relationship with the Big Three radio manufactures. The ARRL should be lobbying the manufactures for compatible digital voice modes and promoting Open Source more. I dislike the "Maker" name but think it will bring more software people into ham radio.
Thanks for taking the time to post on