Recently, someone sent an email asking to see my card. I wasn’t able to scan the actual card—it’s a VistaPrint design with a U.S. flag and, yes, maybe I am overdoing it.
I like to add a message to the back side of the card that explains who we are and promotes licensing:
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service of San Joaquin County is a volunteer group of ham radio operators who provide emergency and public service communications to our community.
To find out more—including how to become a licensed ham in just one day (no Morse code)—please contact us.
You might also want to add a line to the front or back that tells how a served agency can activate your group in an emergency. Something like:
Emergency activation via Sheriff’s Dispatch
That isn’t how we activate—we are updating the plan right now—but words to that effect might help make sure people can find you when emergency communications are needed.
You can print surprisingly nice cards on a color inkjet or laser printer using specialty card stock (Avery). The cards turn out better, I think, if you have them professionally printed. Any card, however, is better than no card.