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Former 'Hows DX?' Conductor Rod Newkirk, W9BRD (SK):

from The ARRL Letter on November 21, 2012
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Former 'Hows DX?' Conductor Rod Newkirk, W9BRD (SK):

Rod Newkirk, W9BRD/VA3ZBB, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada -- who penned the QST column "How's DX?" from 1947-1978 -- passed away on Monday, November 19 after a long illness. Newkirk was credited with coining the term "Elmer," as well as for his humorous take on DX in his column, especially with limericks in his DX Hoggery and Poetry Depreciation Society and the accompanying cartoons of Jeeves by Phil "Gil" Gildersleeve, W1CJD (SK).

The term "Elmer" -- meaning someone who provides personal guidance and assistance to would-be hams -- first appeared in QST in Newkirk's March 1971 "How's DX?" column, where he wrote that "[t]oo 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.' Sure, the guy could have burned through on his own, maybe, but he, like others, wound up an almost-ham. No more Elmer. 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." Newkirk was probably not trying to coin a term at the time, but the name stuck, becoming a general term for the mentors Newkirk called "the unsung fathers of ham radio." Read more here


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Former 'Hows DX?' Conductor Rod Newkirk, W9BRD (SK):  
by KC2ICA on November 25, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
He practiced what he preached. I worked him several times in the Novice portion of 40 meters after I passed my code test and he seemed perfectly happy to rag chew at 5-10 wpm. I'll treasure the great handmade QSL card he sent me.
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