There is a common misconception that Technician class Amateur Radio operators don't jave high frequency (HF) privileges, and must wait until they upgrade to General or Amateur Extra status to take advantage of worldwide shorttwave communication. This is not true.
It certainly says something that the best and brightest minds on the planet could write a scientific computer program [MINIMUF] with 80 lines of code, while a typical modern operating system needs a million times that just to clear its throat!
Analog technology will always be around. This is because radio itself is primarily an analog phenomenon. It never hurts to have a few alternative techniques in your toolbox. It is always best to fit the technology to the task.