SFARC License Exam Classes Poll Results Are In!
Thank you to everyone who took part in the SFARC License Exam Classes Poll!
The poll was sent to all club members and everyone on the Groups.io list, whether or not they are a member, for a total of 210 email address. We received 82 responses which is nearly a 40% response rate. SurveyMonkey says the results below have a margin of error of 8% which should be close enough for our purposes.
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Here is my take on the results and how we should proceed. Any additional comments here will be very much appreciated.
1. I would like to take the General License Exam Class this October. This question tells us about 2/3 of the Club has at least their General License. We have 7 folks interested in taking the General License Class in October, with another 9 interested in a future class. We certainly have enough interest within the Club to run a Class in October.
2. I would like to take the Extra License Exam Class this coming January. This was the surprise question for me! We have 34 people interested in the Extra Class, 20 of whom want to take this coming January! The other astonishing thing to note is about half the club already has their Extra. An Extra class will definitely be held in January. We will definitely look into holding another class soon after to accommodate the 14 others interested.
3. Would you prefer the license exam classes to be ... 73% of the responses are in favor of a multi-session class devoted to the how and why vs only focusing on studying the test questions. We will continue to offer classes that go into greater depth to explain the principles and physics behind amateur radio with an over-arching goal to graduate students ready for the exam.
4. How often should the class meet? 49% of the responses favored a once a week in the evening the class. The next two favored choices were twice a week with 24% of the responses, and weekly on Saturday at 17%. For the first round of classes, we will structure them as once a week class in the evening.
5. How long should each session be? 2/3 of the responses favored 2 hours tops. A distance second was 4 hours tops at 12%. We will go with the majority and keep the classes to 2 hours max.
6. The current price for Non-SFARC Members is $65. This includes the ARRL License Manual, a 40m homebrew end-fed antenna constructed during class, 6 weekly online sessions, 2 in-person labs, and one review session. Please rate your feelings to the following statements ...
82% of the responses agreed or strongly agreed with this statement indicating most everyone agrees a $65 price is an exceptional value and 60% of the responses disagreed or strongly disagreed Ham's wouldn't pay the $65. However, when it came to increasing the price, 54% neither agreed or disagreed. For those who chose a side, Agree or Disagree, the Disagrees have it. Even though a huge majority feels this price is an exceptional value, there does not seem to be a strong consensus to raising the price. I think the recommendation to the Board should be to not make any changes here.
7. SFARC Member price is $40. This includes the ARRL License Manual, a 40m homebrew end-fed antenna constructed during class, 6 online sessions, 2 in-person labs, and one review session. Members who already have access to the ARRL General License Manual, the price is reduced $25. Members who do not want the 40m End Fed antenna, the price is reduced $15. If a member does not want the manual and the antenna, the price is $0.00. Please rate your feelings to the following statements ...
Again, 82% of the responses agreed the member price is an exceptional value with 65% strongly agreeing! A slightly higher percentage, 59%, disagreed our members wouldn't pay more. However, this time there was a clear, 41%, disagreement on charging member more. There was a smaller, but significant group, 45% who neither Agreed or Disagreed. While not a mandate, I believe the feeling is to NOT charge members any more than the $40.
On the statement, 'It is important to let members opt out of the manual and antenna ...', 56% agreed, with 35% neither agreeing or disagreeing. Options seem to be the consensus.
When it comes to charging non-member youth the same price as members, we have strong agreement here, 76%. This is reflected in the responses to Question 8 with additional comments and suggestions on ways to promote youth involvement. I think the recommendation to the Board should be that youth should not be charged more than members and they should consider offering a further discount to youth.
8. Do you have any other ideas or suggestions we should consider? Here are some responses submitted. This is a partial list. Flattering comments about the author were not included. Thank you for the kind words! ...
Again, thank you everyone for taking part in the poll and thank you for your valued comments. Please feel free to add to this discussion.