Following on the questions posed “Where are the Positive Hams? And How to Tell? – Part I” here are my thoughts:
More Steps recognized at the Club/Community Level than just Three License Classes
We recognize a “Black Belt” as a acheivement through a system with other belts and classes, we see in scouts all sorts of merit badges that help lead to earned advancement in that organization, and for those who computer game the characters have major levels with nearly unmeasurable complexity in detailed acheivement/power/skill sorts of attributes.
Why can’t we do the same thing with our hobby, perhaps recognizing at the local level those who have “qualified” to run the club station, or those who have got PSK31 down pat? How about those who have built and used their project to make QSOs? Or recognition of those who have met the ARES/RACES training & drill goals? Or those who have activated an Island, a Museum Ship or a Lighthouse?
Look at how computer skills can earn you recognized accreditations – last year I did an online introduction to Programing “Ruby on Rails” and earned a nifty “eBadge” that while zero cost to the course provider was kind of a nice touch.
Keep track, recognize and honor incremental acheivements within the hobby.
So these are a few of my observations and thoughts – what are yours?