Club Program Ideas: Demonstrate Software

Port Setup In this series on Club Program ideas, I’m providing possible programs for clubs to use in their meetings. You can find a full explanation of the approach in Club Programs – The Series.

Today’s program idea is to demonstrate a new or existing software program.

Clubs typically have members that specialize in certain areas and have expertise with the software programs in that area. Others in the club would like to know more about the software not just from web sites, but from people they know who have practical experience using the software. This provides the perfect match of need with expert.

The program:

  1. Purpose of the software program
  2. Top five features of the program
  3. Interactions with other programs (are you using other programs while using this one and how do you operate)
  4. Navigation

Demonstrating software requires a laptop, screen and projector to be effective in a room. But, it is a powerful way to demonstrate how a segment of the hobby manages with the software.

Examples to demonstrate:

  • WriteLog contesting software
  • Telnet packet software (or web sites)
  • Logging programs
  • Log of The World (have someone upload to LoTW while at the meeting as the demonstration)

Have you ever had this program for your club meetings? Let us know how it went in the comments.

Scot, K9JY

2 Responses to Club Program Ideas: Demonstrate Software

  1. Pat NØHR says:

    Software demos can be effective/interesting at ham club meetings. You certainly would not want them for every meeting, but they are good once in awhile.

    I’ve given demos of the PDA ham radio software that I’ve developed (MobileLog and PPCMorse for PocketPC) and I’ve seen topics like an intro to contesting with N1MM’s free logging package as a way to get newbies interested in contesting.

    Another topic with ties to ham software is CW. For example, when demonstrating CW, using a morse tutor package and perhaps working up to RufzXP can be fun. There’s even a N1MM plugin that works with MorseRunner so you can fully demo CW contesting. (throw in CW Skimmer for some controversy)

    APRS is a novelty to many but it does draw the younger crowd – so that’s another angle. Antenna modeling tools (including the free MMANA package) can help spruce up a talk on antenna theory. There’s a lot of possibilities.

    Sure, there are folks who still don’t have a PC in the shack… but software demos are a good way to help open some eyes to what is out there.

  2. Scot, K9JY says:

    Pat — all great software programs to demo.

    The great thing about this idea is that it not only shows the software itself, but the segment of the hobby it helps manage. APRS is a great example.

    Great comment; thanks.