I haven't been getting as much out of my IEEE membership as I should have. I've been to an interesting presentation on consulting and an interesting presentation on quality. I wouldn't bother with a provisional patent given that they are much weaker than a real one. But I don't recall being prompted to DO something as a result of something I read in an IEEE publication.
I did work on an interesting SWR/wattmeter project last semester, but the IEEE publications I get didn't help. Most of my help came from the ARRL's QST articles and the web pages of amateur radio operators who documented projects they built. The IEEE may have had something useful, but it would have been buried in tons of irrelevant information. The IEEE seems to be dominated by academics or engineers in industries that I am unlikely to work in in the future (computer industry, software, telecom, semiconductors, etc.).
I would like to hear from you actions you have taken as a result of things you have read in IEEE publications or learned at an IEEE event. I know I'm not getting as much out of the organization as I should be. Everyone talks about awareness, but awareness is of no value if you don't ACT on it in some manner.
Jason Hsu, AG4DG usenet@@@jasonhsu.com