“Elmer” is a nickname used to describe someone who can answer lots of your
ham radio related questions when you are starting out in ham radio or are an
existing ham with a question that want to know more about.

Many of our Convair/220 Amateur Radio Club members have been “Hams” for a long time
and truly enjoy helping people to get into or to maintain their ham radio hobby.  We hope we can
help you become a ham or answer your questions about this exciting hobby. We also are here
to help existing hams learn about new aspects of our hobby or answer questions that may have
been nagging you about something for a while.

The term Elmer first appeared in the March 1971 issue of QST magazine. In that issue,
Rod Newkirk, W9BRD, called them “the unsung fathers of Amateur Radio.” He wrote that
an Elmer is “the ham who took the most time and trouble to give you a push toward
your license.”

As you can see, the term "Elmer" is not very old. Prior to the first use of Elmer as the one who
guided and encouraged us, what were these folks called?  There have been a lot of suggestions
including teacher, mentor, tutor, guide, helper and maybe even sage. All of these are
appropriate but our best guess would be that, first and foremost, they were called friends.

Amateur radio can be a complicated hobby. All of us have questions from time to time about
the technology, questions about the rules, and questions about ham radio operating procedures.
An “Elmer” is someone who can help answer those questions and help you avoid some of the
pitfalls of the hobby. He or she is a ham that you can go to when you have a question about
what rig to buy, when you want to borrow an antenna analyzer, or when you’re having trouble
understanding a particular concept. If you haven’t already done so, you might want to
find an Elmer. Maybe you want help from several Elmers depending on the question that you
have or the help that you need.

Where do you find an Elmer? Well, the first place you might look is from among the Convair/220
club members. Lots of the “old timers” here are more than happy to help newcomers. This is
our initial effort of formalize a club “Elmer” or mentoring program. Now days, you might also
find your Elmer online. There are lots of websites and mailing lists that are geared towards
helping people become better amateur radio operators.

Although you probably can get by without an Elmer, but without one, it’s easy to become
frustrated and set aside the hobby. We don’t want that to happen to you. Find an
Elmer - you’ll get a lot more out of the hobby and have a lot of fun along the way.

For help on a particular subject, talk to one of the Elmers listed below. They will be
happy to answer your questions. If they don’t know the answer to your specific
question, the Elmer will probably know someone else who will be able to help you.
Also, clicking on the topic line will connect you with one or more useful websites on
that particular subject.




SUBJECT                                                                     YOUR ELMER CONTACT
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Automobile Mobile Installation          

Bicycle Mobile         more                     

Convair/220 Net                                         

Convair/220 Membership                         

Digital Communication        more                   

Repeaters     more                                                  

VHF, UHF  and Microwave and Microwave

Satellite Communication (AMSAT)        more

Licensing and Testing                                 

Field Day Operation      more                                                             

Grounding - Lightning Protection  more more

Ergonomic Station Design                   

Hand Held Transceiver Setup and Use

Modern Transceiver Setup and Use                                        

Station Planning and Setup        More

Audio, Microphones and Equalization    

Basic Electronics    more

Computers in Ham Radio                           

Moon Bounce (EME)    more

6 Meters                                               

HF Band Antennas      more     more       

Software Defined Radios        more                   

Propagation and How Bands Work

Amateur Radio Emergency Service     more

Antenna Stealth and Camouflage            

Echolink     more

FLDIGI Operation

QRN Radio Frequency Interference (RFI)

Convair 220 Amateur Radio Club web page









If you would like to suggest additional
Elmer topics or would like to be added
as an Elmer on any of the topics, please
email Bob at W6SDO@aol.com or call
at 619 977 9477. Thanks!      


                                                                









                                                      


                                                                                 
       
Do you have a question about ham radio? Ask Elmer.

Mert    

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Bill

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