Elmer List

 
The Elmer: “Follow me – do what I do !”

Our “Elmer” list

The following table may be referenced to help you find assistance in an area of the ham radio hobby. The names listed may be willing to spend some time with you, however be considerate in asking for too much time; be willing to work around their schedules.

 Technical Help

Subject Area
Name(s)
Antennas
Bill, W9ZJ
Beams/towers
Brian, W9HLQ
Electronic Theory
Brian, W9HLQ
Using computer in ham shack
Brian, W9HLQ
RTTY/Digital
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Slow scan TV (HF freqs)
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Fast Scan TV (UHF freqs)
Mike, W9GYC
VHF/UHF DX weak signal operation
Wayne, W9BBB
TVI/RFI
Wayne, W9BBB

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Operating help/tips

Subject Area
Name(s)
Contesting
Don, K9KNZ
QSL (send and receiving)
Bill, W9ZJ
QSL buro
Bill, W9ZJ
Working DX
Bill, W9ZJ
CW procedures
Don, K9KNZ
Origin of the term “Elmer”

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

More information on what an Elmer is:  ARRL web site


Sample table

Name(s)
Don, K9KNZ