Northern California DX Club Launching Initiative to Get Newcomers On HF:
The ARRL Letter
August 10, 2017
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Northern California DX Club Launching Initiative to Get Newcomers On HF Bands:
The Northern California DX Club (NCDXC
announced an initiative aimed at getting more new Technician and
General class radio amateurs active on HF. The NCDXC Elmering Project
http://www.ncdxc.org/pages/elmer.html will launch in mid-September.
"Looking around the room at local club meetings makes it very clear
that we are all aging," NCDXC's John Eisenberg, K6YP, said. "It is
critical to the ongoing life of our hobby to recruit new blood into our
ranks. We all know this, but it is difficult to organize and take
effective action to start programs to introduce new people to the joys
of HF operating. We can't generate new DXers until we have new HF
NCDXC said its Elmering Project is aimed squarely at swelling the pool
of new HF operators and getting them on HF. After some introductory
classes, three curriculum tracks are offered: General License Exam
Preparation, HF Operating and Station Building, and Advanced Topics.
Students sign up only for the classes that interest them; instruction
will be at the participant's skill level. The club said classes will
cover such topics as advanced HF phone, CW, and digital mode operating
skills, propagation analysis, and antennas. Some classes will be taught
using PowerPoint presentations delivered to a student's computer via
"Participants need no special software, as WebEx allows each user to
see and hear the presentation and participate in the two-way audio
stream," Eisenberg said. "Students may be local or on the other side of
the country." Additional instruction by personal Elmers will take place
at the Elmer's shack, where students will gain on-the-air experience
using the skills they've been learning.
"Our goal is to put new hams on the air on the HF bands and give them
the tools to enjoy the many aspects of the HF experience," Eisenberg
said. "We will strive to make each class fun. We want each participant
http://www.ncdxc.org/pages/elmer.html about each
track and the classes it contains are on the NCDXC website, along with
the PowerPoint presentations.
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