I just discovered this topic, so sorry for the late comments.
Most of the ideas I wanted to express have already been posted.
A few of the ones I agree with should be repeated:
A. Perhaps a nice (on site use only) "technical" resource library.
B. A basic "lab" setup (O-scope, Freq generator, etc) where Hams can learn from each other/experiment/build/repair without a bunch of negative criticism. (What use is a bunch of theory on paper without a little practical hands on to see how all the theory actually comes together?)
One of the best features of our club is the informal group of guys who assist local hams with their antenna installations, and go out to lunch afterwards to celebrate a job well done. As someone who has both a helper and a beneficiary of this loosely organized antenna committte, I can't say enough about the good will this kind of activity produces. This is what ham radio is all about!
the club has sponsered Technician and General licensing classes to do just that. We have a wide array of talents in many of our more active members and using that skillset, many of the members volunteered to teach sections of the license theory. These classes have been a great success
A friendly approach to new hams (I am one).
An active training programme, and in between that, if possible a mentoring programme to help those who have passed whatever exam there is, but realise its a licence to learn.
A clubhouse with a rig would be nice.
Regular meetings at least once a month, even if they are little more than a pint and a chat. You would meet at (see above).
A yearly trip to somewhere interesting to operate (maybe).
It comes down to activity, and services. I believe club members should be asking themselves "what can I do for the club?" And in turn, the club should be asking what can it do for it's members? What does your members need from the club?
NI0C's antenna party idea is great. Many club members do not have the means, or the ability, to work on antennas. Put together a team to help them out!
KD8DEY's tech lab idea is awesome. Put together test equipment that can be used by club members. Many of us can't justify the expense of buying an antenna analyzer, but could sure use one once in awhile. How about a good set of crimpers to install cable ends? Even a high quality watt / SWR meter and dummy load could be useful.
Activity, activity, activity... Plan some special events and get a team on the air. Field day is great, but it's only once a year. Have a group activate the club station for your state QSO party. You do have a club station, right?
Presentations are great. Particularly if you can attract some special guests. Just make sure the audience attendance is optional. I have given club presentations on contesting when I know some of the folks had zero interest, but felt obligated to be there. Not a good idea.
And lastly, do frequent surveys of your members. What do they want to see the club do? Pay special attention to members who aren't currently active. What will it take to get them back?
Good luck with your club, my friend. And by all means, if you discover something good that works, let us all know so we can put it to use in our clubs!K9ZF@yahoo.com
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