The future of the Organization but also the future of Amateur Radio.
The tool used was a poll and the results are the following.
Participation: More than 660 responses were received. They came from 40 different countries in 6 continents (85% from Europe). 95% of them are from hams, 3% from SWLs and 2% from others, mainly CB users. 98% of the respondents were OMs (men).
In the above chart, you can see participants classified by kind of membership: red for associations, pink for clubs&groups, cyan for individuals and blue for non-members, yet.
Mark: The average punctuation of EURAO services was 7,45 but they are really known only by 48% of participants. Much work to be done in this regard...
What are the likes and habits of this sample of radio amateurs?
Likes: What most like to EURAO members and supporters is: DX (25%), local QSO (18%), home-made (14%), portable activities (13%), emergency communications (9%), social relations (8%), EchoLink (7%), foxhunting (1%) and others (5%).
Time: 62% of them spend on radio "every day a while" (or maybe they wanted to say "I would like to spend"... hi hi). 15% "once a week", 11% "every weekend", 5% "once a month", 3% "only on holidays" and a 4% confesses being not active.
Age and experience: The average participant was 54 years old and has been involved in amateur radio for 29 years. There is a gap in the statistics because those leaving the hobby before 5 years.
Dreams: Recovering values as: friendship and ham spirit, experimentation and innovation; organizing activities as: contests, parties, awards, exercises, workshops; improve existing services and create a new ones; cooperation with other organizations; getting recognition at European and international level; and more promotion, inside and outside ham radio, about our hobby but mainly about ourselves in order to have more members.
Summarizing: a lot of ideas to work and little money, so we will have to sharpen our wits and carefully prioritize efforts trying to build this borderless community called EURAO.