I know some hams are skeptical about clubs and associations. It's normally due to personal difficulties with others members. However, at least on a theoretical point of view, associationism is the natural dimension for our hobby. If, as I strongly believe, ham radio grows only through gathering between operators to share informations and knowledge, doing this under the form of an association, a subject that can be recognized also from the outside, remains the best choice. Let alone that an association is a perfect partner for Institutions and Authorities when discussing matters of common interest.
Thanks to the friends at DXCoffee.com (and we're now engaged also in a new challenge, with an English "distilled" version of the site), I had the chance to interview Hans Blondeel Timmerman, President of IARU, Region 1 (in the picture). It has to be recalled that IARU is a Federation grouping all the national ham radio associations (like ARRL in the US, A.R.I. in Italy, REF in France, USKA in Switzerland, and so on…). Well, not to auto-advertise myself, but read the story (in Italian here, and in English here), and tell me – at the end – if you don't share my same feeling. Were we, ham operators, more united, our hobby would have reached nowadays other heights. Something to mumble about for a bit…