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Author Topic: What is an "elmer"  (Read 394 times)
DITTYBOPPER
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« on: August 06, 2005, 03:02:13 PM »

I found a sight to test my morse code. it's been years since I copied but it looks like I can still copy between 15 and 20 GPM with text. I never had to copy punctuation. I can copy numbers all day long at a higher rate.
Does this help with the test for a license?
I am more worried about "theory" than code. Where do I find out how to study for the test?
Thanks for any reply
Anthony
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W8WZ
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2005, 04:22:30 PM »

Hello! I'm glad you have a desire to get into ham radio. An "elmer" is a mentor or sorts. It is one of those terms that has made its way into ham lingo over many years of use.

As for your code abilities - the only cw test presently being given is a 5 word per minute receiving test. You can pass it by showing one minute of solid copy.  

As it stands now - it looks like all code tests will be removed very shortly.

As for the written (theory) test - I suggest getting the book "Now You're Talking" published by the American Radio Relay Leage (www.arrl.org). The book is designed to be used in a class or independent study.  If possible find a class near you - the arrl can help you locate one.  While most hams do learn their theory through self study - I think the classroom environment has much to offer.

Best wishes as you enter our hobby!
73 (best wishes) Carl W8WZ
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DITTYBOPPER
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2005, 05:22:12 PM »

Carl,
thanks for the response.I will buy the book tomorrow and look for a testing site. I plan on my wife buying me a radio for my birthday next week.

Since code is not a problem for me as I was a Morse systems operator in the Air Force, I guess I'll try to get the highest level license that I can.

I am WAY behind in the Theory and technicals. I have no idea what kind of equipment to buy.
I used and R390 receiver(tubes) and had the Mother of all antennas to dial in what ever I wanted...

I think this will be a fun hobby for me...Thanks again for he link. I will check it out..
Anthony
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