Clubs

Is Your Ham Radio Club a General Purpose or Specialty Club?

Ham radio clubs are often thought of as the bedrock of amateur radio. As one who has both criticized ham radio clubs as well as made suggestions for helping improve them, I want to take some time to talk through what makes a great ham radio club. The very first decision that needs making when

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Lose your ham radio club members in one easy step

For the first time in a long time, I went to a ham radio club meeting. It was not a pleasant experience. In fact, I left after the half hour business meeting; I didn’t even wait to see the program for the night. It’s not that I was angry or frustrated or whatever; no, it

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Ham radio web sites need improved marketing

Atlanta Radio Club Banner by The Rocketeer When I moved to Seattle from Illinois, I wanted to join a ham radio club. Great — I hit the Internet and started looking. Once I found a club that I thought I would like, I tried to get directions to where the club meeting was located. Google

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Ham Radio Clubs Need After Action Reviews

Ham radio is a hobby, of course. But that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from others in making ham radio better. In this particular case, ham radio clubs have a series of activities they do with their members. Whether this activity is Field Day, providing public service communications to the community or providing storm spotting

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Using Seminars for Ham Radio

Early in October, I received an e-mail from our ARRL Section that announced an antenna seminar at a convenient location. The subjects of the antenna seminar were: Antennas 101 — all about the basics of antennas Portable Antennas for EmComm — antennas that you can carry easily and work in a variety of circumstances Round

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Club Management — The meeting after the meeting

One of the key aspects of ham radio club membership meetings is that they are social events, not meeting events. If we take this social event approach to the meeting, one tries to maximize the social time around the business and program portions of the meeting. One of the reasons to be hard-nosed about the

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Club Management — running a meeting

Meetings in the corporate world suck. They take too long, they don’t have an agenda. Too many people with no interest in the meeting attend because they were invited. If the thought of a ham radio meeting was like corporate meetings, no one would join your club. Which is commentary, of course, on corporate meetings…

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Club Management — the role of Boards and Members

Amateur Radio clubs are social creatures. There is always a governing body and membership. There is more than one way to approach governing radio clubs. The one I like best is the Board sets policy and budget while the members participate in the activities and programs. Members have a say, of course, in how the

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Club Program Ideas — 26 Killer Programs

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

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