ORGANIZING SUCCESSFUL AMATEUR RADIO CLASSES
YOUTH: THE KEY TO AMATEUR RADIO SURVIVAL
INDIANA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB WORKSHOP
Hosted by:Indiana University ARC & Bloomington ARC
Thanks to Mike Aronoff, N9YYM & Jay Sissom, KA9OKT
DATE: Saturday August 26, 2000
TIME: 8:00am to Noon
LOCATION: Persimmon Room Indiana Memorial Union building in Bloomington, Indiana.
Theme:Workshop III focused on organizing, teaching and recruiting young people into the hobby. The four hour session concentrated on ways to involve todays youth in amateur radio and on how to present a quality program for Technician class applicants.
Who: All amateur radio operators were invited to participate in the workshop. Club officers and training personnel were strongly urge to attend.
Note: The IU ham shack located in the student union was open for tours and operation following the workshop.
For directions to IU, parking, building directions and talk-in frequency contact:146.94/r...PL=107.2 directions and talk-in freqs
Cost: Only your time and a commitment to make amateur radio grow.
more Pic"s by Vicki, KB9OME
AGENDA used during workshop (basic)
Twenty Eight (28) participants, representing ten (10) Clubs & eight (8) counties,
attended the Third Indiana Amateur Radio Club Workshop.
It was also noted that the young people interested in Amateur Radio are the "lifeline" of our hobby...
This a basic design for any Radio club class, each element is listed showing the suggested Items to include for success.
.LIBRARY DISPLAY AND FLYERS
.Have club volunteer in charge of flyer dissemination.
.SEND NOTICES ONE MONTH BEFORE CLASS
.USE COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARDS, TV free ad times...
.CABLE ACCESS, RADIO, local repeaters & INTERNET
.TARGET COMMUNITY BASED YOUTH GROUPS, SCOUTS AND CIVIL AIR PATROL, BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
.TELL PEOPLE WHY THEY WANT TO BE A HAM.
.RED CROSS or club BOOTH AT local FAIR
.SPECIAL EVENTS setup a STATION
.FLYERS AT RADIO SHACK
**AMATEUR RADIO CLASS RECOMMENDATIONS**
.Have 1 person in charge of program.
.Have 3 member team to ready the classroom
.Make sure all audio/visual equipment is ready before each class session. flip charts,overhead projectors etc.
.Have course books for class members (for resale), get from other clubs, retail radio supply stores or ARRL
.BEST DAY FOR CLASSES TUESDAY OR THURSDAY (instructors option)
.COORDINATE CLASSES WITH SURROUNDING AREAS/ HAM Clubs.
.USE SEVERAL INSTRUCTORS (specialize to their area of expertise)
.Locate instructors..(volunteers..direct contact..draft.)
.FOCUS ON SPECIAL INTERESTS (outside instructors ie: APRS, SSTV, ATV etc.)
.Train & provide materials (manuals) for the correct class & chapter.
.ONE - TWO CLASSES PER YEAR
.LENGTH 8-13 WEEKS (instructors option)
FALL CLASS TECH
SPRING CLASS UPGRADES
.ONE CHAPTER PER WEEK. LONGER CHAPTERS SPLIT INTO TWO WEEKS
.Keep classes to 2 hours or less.
.CLASS SIZE 15-20
.EST. --SIMPLEX SUPPORT GROUP FOR CLASS MEMBERS (mentors)
.VE TESTS AFTER CLASS COMPLETION
.GIVE FOLLOWUP INFO SHEET W/NET INFO & INSTRUCTORS PHONE
.DEVELOP TECH CLASS FOR SCHOOL SYSTEM TEACHERS & STUDENTS
.MUST HOLD CODE CERTIFICATE BEFORE GENERAL CLASS INSTRUCTION
.USE ARRL VIDEO TAPES
.SEND FOLLOW UP POST CARD,PROMOTE MENTOR PROGRAM
.USE IHETS-(TV) CLASSES STATEWIDE
1.HANDS ON DEMONSTRATIONS
2.DEMO SHORT WAVE RX DURING FESTIVALS
3.PRACTICE NET CONTROL DURING CLASS
4.CODE PRACTICE ON SIMPLEX FREQS
5.Club operations nite include new & perspective hams
6.Due practice tests before VE test date.
7.Have back-up instructors.
8.START & STOP CLASS ON TIME.
1.SEND FOLLOW UP POST CARD
2.GIVE FOLLOWUP INFO SHEET W/NET INFO & INSTRUCTORS PHONE
3.CONTACT NEW HAMS TO HELP WITH PUBLIC SERVICE EVENTS
4.HAVE NEW OPERATOR CLASSES do practical projects ie.(TO MAKE ANTENNAS, PRACTICE SOLDERING...ect)
5.INVITE THEM TO HELP WITH CLUB CONTESTS
6.KEEP THEM INTERESTED:involve MENTORS
7.LOOK FOR THEM ON AIR
**DO'S & DON'TS**
1.have knowledgeable person in classroom to help instructor.
2.have extra books on hand
3.have extra pencils,(all short one's 3" or less,they won't forget next week)
4.If radio room is close to classroom, have club members operating several radios before class and during breaks.
5.Have lots of visual aids, even antennas.
6.Have DEMOS, make radio contacts, use HT's, work Satellites,EtC.
7.start & stop class on time
8.Make the class "fun", Laugh.
1.Allow disruptions in th rear of the classroom.
2.Get too far off the subject.
3.Find find out 10 minute before the class that there is no Instructor.
4. Forget to enjoy yourself, have fun too.
ARRL student packets.
Now your talking, instructors guide
ride the air waves with Alpha & Zulu.
websites to help:
ARRL instructor site
Morse Cat software.
IU Ham club page
Have EQUIPMENT LOTTERY to help new hams get started on the air.
FREE MEMBERSHIP FOR ONE YEAR/ OR HALF OFF after passing the test.
Beware of discounts books for class members...ck them
Use ARRL resources page on the web.
The study group was ask to define:
Why be an Amateur Radio Operator?:
1.Technology based experience sharing group...
2.FOUNDATION for technology careers & LIFE BUILDING BLOCK
5.PROMOTE MENTOR PROGRAM
What is a Young Ham?:Person Interested in Amateur Radio & 25 YEARS OR younger
What is a NEW Ham?: Person Interested in Amateur Radio & Licensed 3-YEARS OR LESS
It was resolved that:Young & New Amateur's should get AWARDS.
Note: That this information is a result of shared experience from those attending this workshop and discussions of the topic presented. All information presented here is intended as suggestions for any amateur radio club and offered as a guideline.
"It is to this end That Amateur Radio operators sharing information is our best resource..."
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