You ask the right question, Dan. A club's mission may be
to encourage more on-air activity. But you ask more:
"How would a club encourage its members
to make more contacts?"
This IS the $64,000 question. HOW DO we do this?
Tom offers one way, which is to schedule QRP evenings in the park, and
inviting others to come out, Field Day -style and watch, maybe catch the
fever and go home and work somebody.
A nearby ham club recently held pointed seminars on various aspects of
ham radio, and offered lots of hands-on radio experiences. They held
seminars on HF DX-ing, seminars on fox hunting, seminars on passing the
exams, and other narrowly focused topics, designed to get old hands
involved as teachers, and new hands involved as students. They did
plenty of demonstrations and hand-on field-day-type activities.
I did not attend any of these seminars, but I thought they sounded well
thought out, and timely, and well designed to mix new and old hams, and
encourage all to get on the air.
These are club functions that encourage on-air activity. More like
them would be a good start.
Just my take. ------------- K8JHR --------------------