I have the good fortune of being in an area with a great club; W4UCJ, Thomasville Amateur Radio Club. I imagine that Radio Clubs are like all other organizations; there are some that are more insular for whatever reason, good or bad, and there are some that are much more open. Our current roster shows 169 members, with probably two dozen being family members; over a period of time many of the family members have become licensed. We have an active outreach for youth in our area, with Youth Nets every week and Youth Activities at our Hamfest and for Field Day. We actively encourage our young people to participate in ARES; a high school student trapped in a school, after a tornado, with an HT will be able to save lives! I can think of a dozen members, off the top of my head, that are under 18, with many that are 12 or under! The range of member ages for adults is across the board, from college students to senior citizens.
We have members that will help you build an antenna, help you diagnose a radio problem, teach classes, be VE's, talk at your school, meet with public officials, or any other activity that promotes Amateur Radio.
All of this is happening in rural Southwest Georgia/North Florida!
I say all this, not so much to brag about our club, but to enforce the idea that there are friendly, family oriented, growing Amateur Radio Clubs out there; if you have not found the one that "fits" for you, keep looking!
Virgil - KJ4ZNK
I wouldn't consider joining any club that would have me as a member.
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Our club goes on every year. It's vital and alive, and I'd guess that more than half of the members are under 55. We strive to have good presentations every meeting. The last one featured a renowned DXpeditioner, Dr. Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, fresh back from Malpelo with his talk titled "To Hell and Back". In January, we had Tom Vinson, NY0V, one of the leading members of a team of researchers seeking Amelia Earhart's plane that have been featured on PBS.
The club membership stays fairly steady at around 100 in a county with about 500 hams. The club is very active in public service and SKYWARN, and we put on a great Field Day every year, highlighted by some very good food and lots of fun. We work pretty hard to get younger people involved, and I think we're pretty successful.
Anyway, not every club is for everybody. I know that I visited many clubs when I lived in California, and I really fit in well with one club in particular, even though most of the members were several times my age back then. Other clubs seemed too formal for me. I'm sure that what I find inviting would repel others. If you have a choice, shop around for a good club.
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That sounds like our club, the Muskegon Area Amateur Radio Council.
Originally Posted by K0RGR
The way they treat new members is very impressive. They pretty much roll out the red carpet for them. They love to get new members of any age, race or gender, and are gracious, friendly and polite. The monthly meetings are open to the public. No need to be either a member or a ham to attend the meetings. Board meetings are separate and have different rules, of course.