One thing to remember--In today's world, there is more opposition to antenna structures than there ever was. Some hams think nothing of contributing--heavily--to a club station, which they then use and share as their major operating station.
No, I don't think that the club station is 'over the top,' nor do I think that having two radio rooms is too much--for an very active club, which yours seems to be. The classroom, however, may be, depending on the use of the club. Not, however, if the meeting/general room is almost always in use.
Thanks - the membership has been extremely generous in supporting the club.
The N2MO station has it's own building. That being said, the "classroom" doubles as the "meeting/general" room
Ever though about making one of the stations a remote base so club members could log on via the Internet from home? It would be a good way to get members who have antenna restrictions on HF. I can imagine that the time of the "club station" my see a comeback.
Looking into it. The practice is to ground all of the antenna leads when the station is unused. Would take a change to how we operate.
Sounds mighty impressive. My hat is off to your club.
We have appx 75 members on the roster in our local club and after whittling down the list for this and that, we have maybe a dozen or so who actually work HF and of those probably half are a "once in a while HF" type of operator. Probably 6 or so in the entire club work HF on a regular basis and participate in any contests or chase DX. We have no club building, no club equipment to speak of outside an old tower trailer and most of our club, until recently, consisted mainly of 2M FM repeater users.
On the positive side, the club has started holding Tech and General classes over the last few years and we're starting to grow, both in members and HF interests. Maybe someday we'll actually have a place we can call a club station. Right now, it's a dream.
Thanks - We are building on several decades of prior work. Re your situation - a portable tower and a borrowed room works wonders. Check out the portable tower donated by Mike Reason (W2EXQ) to the Garden State ARA http://www.gardenstateara.org/ and their station at the Red Cross building.