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 first appeared in the March, 1971 issue of QST magazine's "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
Some of the focal areas amateurs pursue include:
constructing antennas (antennae is the correct plural)
YES! even space flight !
Founded in 1914 by Hiram Percy Maxim, ARRL (American Radio Relay League) is the national association for Amateur Radio in the US. Today, with more than 161,000 members, ARRL is the largest organization of radio amateurs in the world. ARRL's mission is based on five pillars: Public Service, Advocacy, Education, Technology, and Membership.
Youth and Scouting:
The objective for the
is to provide the newly licensed, the aspiring, even the returning Radio Amateur, a local contact person to assist in getting started and oriented in the hobby. The intent of this program is to provide and maintain a cadre if licensed, experience Amateur Radio Operators on a nearby county by county basis. We also help get you focused in your area of interest, not our own.
Though no one Ham is an expert on all aspects of the hobby, the Elmer team can direct the questions to those with real answers.
When leaving a message for a request for help, or even just saying hello, please start the message with ‘I am calling/E-mailing about the Elmer program”. This will help us help YOU in a more timely fashion! DO NOT BE SHY! 99% of Hams started with an ELMER by our side!
The W4BKM / Macon Amateur Radio Club team contact is:
Hurb, W1DOG firstname.lastname@example.org,
(478) 251 - 0756 leave voicemail
AMATEUR RADIO MAGAZINES
CQ Amateur Radio (also known simply as CQ or CQ magazine, and formerly as CQ: The Radio Amateur's Journal)
The K9YA Telegraph is a free, monthly, general interest amateur radio e-Zine
The National Contest Journal (also referred to by the acronym NCJ) is a bimonthly magazine
QEX is a bimonthly magazine related to amateur radio, radio communication & experimentation plus features advanced technical articles on the theory, design, and construction of radio antennas and equipment
QST is a magazine for amateur radio enthusiasts, and is a membership journal that is included with membership in the American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
BOOKS TO BUY (once you have the License)
ARRl Operating Manual:
Your First Amateur Radio HF Station
Basic Antennas: Understanding Practical Antennas and Designs
MAKE MAGAZINE: MAKER MOVEMENT
E-Comm (Emergency Communications)
FOX Hunting (Radio Direction Finding:
On the Air: Contests DX and awards:
Amateur Radio Experimentation