Suggestion was given to shorten introductions to just name, call sign, and location. This would reduce the overall meeting time. However, we want to encourage new people to talk about their experience and interests.
New hams will receive a free year membership to OCRA. This is a great deal that we need to market better.
Strong financial balance with 70 currently paid members.
Dan (KR4UB) has added a new document repository on the site. We encourage members to post radio related documents that would benefit the membership. Likewise, if there are informative amateur radio YouTube videos, please post a link. Our intention is to make our Website a great starting points and interactive resource for sharing ideas, experiences, and events.
Similarly, Google calendar is now on the site. Under the “Events” section, located on the top ribbon, you can keep informed about when and where Membership and Board meetings, local nets, public service opportunities.
Dan (KR4UB) and Steve (W3AHL) are working to get a quote to determine the feasibility for re-establish the repeaters back on the UNC campus.
Steve’s (W3AHL) recently has been absence on Saturday morning nets due to other public service commitments. Mark your calendars now, the Tar Heel 10 Miler will occur April 21. Please clear your schedule and get your HT ready!
Dave (W4SAR) is near the top ranking of VE sessions participation in the Roanoke region. Thank you Dave for your years of commitment.
Dee (KU4GC) requested and the Treasure approved expenditure to support 2 tables. This is a great opportunity to part with old equipment and purchase new, and add dollars to the club coffers.
Mission and Membership:
The OCRA club was established in the early 1990’s when life was technically simpler. With the advent of competing technology provided by the Internet and cell phones, the role of amateur radio has changed. This year, the Club is embarking on a discussion to revisit our Mission statement and discuss how we can enhance the Membership experience.
With the club beginning to age out, how do encourage new membership, increase active participation, and prepare for succession planning? These are questions we seek answers to sustain trained hams for community service, promote the fraternal aspects of radio, and encourage technical outreach.
During this Membership meeting, many people raised questions, voiced concerns, and offer suggestions to improve club participation and amateur radio awareness in the area. We truly appreciate the engagement and discussion. Below are some of the salient points that were raised and will be discussed in future meetings.
- The role of ARES and Auxiliary Communication has changed over the past several decades with increased consolidation and redundant infrastructure. What and how can we leverage these roles in OCRA?
- How do we foster more relevancy with newer hams?
- Chatham County Emergency Management has expressed interest in establishing an amateur radio CERT team. The 442.15 repeater is ideally located to support this effort.
- Increase “hands on” programming to learn about lightning surge suppression, antenna building, and grounding.
- Show and Tell makes for good programming. We have many DIY hams that engage in educational and fun development projects, which make for a good program.
- Explore amateur radio in local high schools as an introduction during a class room and/or sustained activity with a station.
- Establish a group build activity (QST project) where hams meet for a day or two to construct an antenna, or create various types of feedline.
- Cross pollenate amateur radio with other local groups or clubs, like Linux club. Many hams use Linux in the shack. Perhaps this becomes a cooperative topic for those interested in combining amateur radio with computers.
- Park the MCU at a mall for a day. This would provide us an educational opportunity to demonstrate and discuss the continuum of amateur radio activities like satellites, repeaters, DX, etc.
- Establish a bi-monthly agenda that repeats each year. The 5-6 agendas would be an annual topic .
What other ideas do you have? Please be sure to “reply” to this post. We look forward to hearing from you!