Hello everybody and welcome back to Everything Hamradio! In this post, we have a guest poster, Dan Romanchick, KB6NU. Dan is the author of the No Nonsense Study Guides. He also has the top ranked amateur radio blog on google, which can be found at KB6NU.com. He has been on several podcasts including Ham Nation and the Fo-Time, The Other ham Radio Podcast. Every month he puts out a compliment that is included in over 300 club newsletters, if memory serves me correctly and starting this month on my site as well. So, without further adieu…
On the ham_instructor Yahoo Group (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ham_instructor/info) recently, we talked about the classes that we are going to be offering this fall. About his Tech class, Bob, K0NR, noted, “Currently have about 30 students signed up. We keep thinking we’ll run out of interested people but they keep coming.”
I’ve noticed the same thing here, too. I keep thinking that I am going to run out of people to teach, but I have no problem at all filling my classes. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the more people that have taken my class, the more people there are that want to take it.
Of course, this makes perfect sense. If there are more people out there who have amateur radio licenses, there are more people out there talking about amateur radio, and actually doing amateur radio. And, the more people out there talking about and doing amateur radio, the more likely it is that other people will become interested in amateur radio and get their licenses as well.
It’s an amateur radio “virtuous circle.”
What does this tell you? Well, if you’re in a place where amateur radio seems to be dying out, or belong to a club that is slowly fading away, start a class! I think every club should hold classes at least once a year, even if that first class has only one or two students. Those first few students are the start of your virtuous circle.
Don’t know how to start a class? I can help you there. Start by reading my blog post, “Teaching a one-day class” (http://www.kb6nu.com/teaching-a-one-day-tech-class/). It has a lot of practical information, including tips on how to select a venue, how to publicize the class, how to get people to sign up for the class, and finally, how to teach the class.
You might also want to join the ham_instructor mailing list I mentioned earlier. It’s a relatively low-volume list, but the subscribers have a lot of experience that you can tap into.
Also, get a copy of my free Tech study guide (http://www.kb6nu.com/study-guides/). Not to brag (well, OK I am bragging), but it I really think that it’s the best study guide for a one-day class. The study guide presents the topics in exactly the same order as I cover them in class. Read through it and you’ll see what I mean.
If you need more help, or even just some encouragement, e-mail me, and I’ll do what I can to help you. Seriously.
When not teaching ham classes or publishing amateur radio study guides, Dan, KB6NU, operates CW on the HF bands (mostly 40m and 30m). His #1-rated amateur radio blog can be found at KB6NU.Com, and you can e-mail questions, comments, or complaints to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Until next time…
73 de Curtis, K5CLM