Lotsa folks do that. I spent 20 years doing it in the Army. In this case, it's Amateur Radio Operators in Bothell, a suburb of Seattle.
Haven't seen a demographic study, the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area seems to have a very high per capita number of ham radio types.
But we still have to drive to Portland to visit a store... (Yes, I know there's this "internet" thing, So what?)