Elmer Help

From Wikipedia:

Elmer, the person who teaches and nurtures the neophyte ham radio operator. A mentor for Amateur Radio Operators. Almost all hams have had at least one Elmer in their Amateur Radio life. Many have had the privilege of being an Elmer to a new ham. The term “Elmer”–meaning someone who provides personal guidance and assistance to would-be hams–first appeared in QST in a March 1971 “How’s DX” column by Rod Newkirk, W9BRD (now also VA3ZBB). Newkirk called them “the unsung fathers of Amateur Radio.” While he probably was not trying to coin a term at the time, here’s how Newkirk introduced “Elmer” in his column and, as it turned out, to the rest of the Amateur Radio world:
“Too frequently one hears a sad story in this little nutshell: ‘Oh, I almost got a ticket, too, but Elmer, W9XYZ, moved away and I kind of lost interest.'”

Newkirk went on to say, “We need those Elmers. All the Elmers, including the ham who took the most time and trouble to give you a push toward your license, are the birds who keep this great game young and fresh.”–Rick Lindquist, N1RL


Here at the Kennehoochee Amateur Radio Club, we embrace and encourage mentorship or being an Elmer.  The KARC boasts many members with a spectrum of talent.  We encourage you , if your needing help or have questions on something. Or,  you are doing a project an need extra hands feel free to reach out.   Use the “Contact Us” form on this site and someone will reach out to help you.  Additionally, feel free to subscribe to our Yahoo discussion reflector.



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