Here I am giving some time to looking forward to 2011 early, especially in terms of my Amateur Radio hobby.
Though I haven’t said very much directly, lest my comments inadvertently hasten the clubs demise, for all practical purposes our local radio club has withered. The reasons are typical – losing focus of what matters to the membership and internal frictions. While 2010 saw the club finally gain its long desired 501c3 status the loss of members disaffected by the loss of club “mojo” has basically finished it off. In 2011 it would have started its 65th year, so perhaps it isn’t all the inappropriate that it “retires” while ahead.
So a Loss of the Local Club has an affect on forward plans – what to do with the Hamcram efforts and with the local email reflector being unsubscribed by the area hams, how to keep in touch.
Or is it even important? It isn’t like clubs really fire a person up – it is more that they put like minded people in proximity. And that isn’t always all that much either. I’ve found as much interaction with distant clubs with people more closely sharing interests than with geographically defined clubs. Guess I’m not all that taken with clubs who make discussions of spending trivial sums of money – sums that wouldn’t cover the car gas for the attendees who have shown up – as a “feature” of their business. Lame. Unless the interaction is intellectually stimulating and socially fun, why go in teh first place? Perhaps that our local club had only one regular member attend its last meeting (and a total of four or five depending if you count board members and a Skype-In person or not) attend total hits the nail on the head. People don’t want to “do business” and hear “club woes” – they want to learn something, have fun and mingle.
Enough on clubs in the death throws….
On the plus side there are some significant Gains of Opportunities for my Amateur Radio involvement for 2011. With Dale N6JSX I have one technology project in the works, with Scott W9JSB plans to do some Satellite work, and with a core group of area amateurs we’re into a new special project (NOT a new club! But watch for a detailed announcement in 2011).
A couple travel opportunities may hold some operating time as well! I’m also considering putting aside time for a mini-Dxpedition balanced with some more serious fishing.
All should increase my chances of Spending Time on the Air operating and spending time coaching other & getting them on the air.
Sometime in 2011 I’d like to move my actual operating position into the main portion of the house, and have some quotes coming on doing the work to make that happen. Whether Mrs K9ZW will oblige is a later hurdle.
I’ve been a partner in a working boat which seems to be an ideal candidate for some operating time as well. Perhaps I can finally get out on the boat (never have been) and do some HF off it. BTW it is a 31 FT ex-US Coast Guard boat which is leased to an area marina as part of the TowBoatUS program.
I’ve also at least four portable HF antenna set-ups to field test, and a whole pile of gear to field test. Not to mention four or five kits to build….
Well as winter looms, guess it is good to start planning!