Over the last month or so, I’ve provided a “club program idea” a day for use by clubs and their members. As I was doing these, I continually thought of even more! Brainstorming these ideas really generate more, so I suggest you try it.
Each of these program ideas has a link to the short article and a suggested format for the program. In many cases, there are bonus ideas included as well.
Clubs are the backbone of the social networking of ham radio. An efficient business meeting combined with a killer program will draw people to your meetings. And your members will learn from other members about aspects of the ham radio hobby and service.
Here’s the summary and links to each of the ideas:
- The Series — the purpose of the program idea initiative.
- CW Skimmer — a perfectly timely program on technology and the controversy it brings
- The Rotor — an inside look at the thing that turns our antennas
- Demonstrate Software — software abounds in the hobby. This shows some of it off
- Fox Hunt — a wonderful group activity that gets you out of the meeting room
- What Makes Multi-Two Contesting Different? — A look inside this mode of contesting
- Grounding the Station — debunk the station grounding myths
- Grounding the Tower — debunk tower grounding myths.
- The New Digital Modes — there are plenty
- 100-Pound DXpedition — DXpeditions with constraints
- CQ Sixty Meters — Channels of propagation
- Digital Contesting — More than RTTY
- Repeater Construction — How repeaters are put together
- Managing Public Service Communications — check your process
- Moonbounce — What this mode is all about
- Antenna Modeling Software — We’ve come a long way since DOS
- Inside an Amplifier — Not just tubes anymore
- Radio Filters — what they do for you
- Building a tower — pictures from putting up a tower
- Building a Quad — Quads are different antennas then Yagi’s
- Six Meters and the Magic Band — all about Six
- Sunspots and Propagation — What solar flux and band openings mean
- Greyline DXing — DX on the magic path
- 1.2 GHz — the little antenna with the big applications
- Building Practical Wire Beams — No tower, no problem
- Public Service Communication Modes — not just voice
Your club members have each done some particular aspect of the hobby. You can use this list to help trigger the specialties of your members and ask that they present about their area of expertise. I hope that clubs can use this list to set up great program ideas for your members!