How to Promote Amateur Radio

Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, produces the online HAMRADIO.NOW which you can find streaming on the website Blip.TV, or YouTube. He’s produced a detailed “how to” video on how to organize a 10-day Ham Radio demonstration at the North Carolina state fair which is worth the hour of time to watch.

Gary obviously understands video production as the two-camera video and wireless hand mics makes for a very professional looking production with very amateur-level equipment.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Why I am bringing this to your attention is this is something that we could be doing here in Canada. We should be promoting Ham Radio on the Internet!

Now RAC would seem to be the obvious place to do this but we don’t have to wait for RAC. We can do this ourselves.

I bet if we looked around within our own club structure we could find some former (or current) members with broadcast or public relations experience to run the camera.

You don’t need a two camera setup (although it’s sure nice and Gary’s second camera is an inexpensive camcorder) and you don’t need wireless mics (although this is the way I’d go but you can use two lapel mics clipped on shirt collars. Not ideal but super cheap. What you don’t want to do is use the internal mic in the camera as the audio always sucks due to the AVC action of the audio preamps and the distance from camera to subject makes for poor audio an lots of wind noise).

Okay so you’ve got some equipment now what?Products63424-1300x1300-491831

Any presentation at a club meeting can be video recorded, lightly edited in Movie Maker (free for PCs) or IMovie (free on Mac) and posted to YouTube. Same for any special event participation or how about Field Day operations?

I video record and edit lightly the three speakers and the evaluators at my weekly Toastmaster meeting. It takes no effort to record the speeches (the camcorder is setup on a cheap tripod) and editing takes five minutes. While I get on with my day the rendered movies are then posted to a private DropBox folder for our members.

We could be doing this folks.

Once you’ve got some video with decent audio, you can use it to promote Amateur Radio or ARES at special events or online just like the video done at the North Carolina state fair.

Gary has got over 100 episodes on this website. Go have a visit. There’s a ton of great information online for your viewing pleasure.

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About Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing, yoga and Ham Radio. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.

One thought on “How to Promote Amateur Radio

  1. Peter, this is an excellent idea. How about reaching out to high school audio / video clubs to see if they would like to produce these. This would both provide an avenue for video promotion and introduce some young people to the hobby. 73, Paul, VE3EBY.

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