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Earl Carrier (??????)
Earl Carrier was my "first" elmer. He hand-made me flash cards to learn CW. He could pick CW out of the air, and "read" it out loud, (this at ANY speed!). I still cannot do that--I have to have a pen and paper! He has been gone for many years now. How times change, and how many people we lose over the years that have made a difference in our lives. I remember that Earl had a Volkswagen car, with a beam antenna installed, antennas sprouting from it! I tried to look up Earl's call sign, and even had it at one time, but it has been dropped from the FCC list. If anyone recalls Earl, (and he elmered a LOT of people in the Sandusky, Ohio area where I grew up), I would appreciate it if they would leave comments here (and his call sign if they remember it).
Bill Pietschman, W8LV
Contributed by: William John Pietschman (W8LV)
Earl was a good friend and was responsible for getting me active again. I had his daughter in my reading class and we talked about hobbies one day and I explained ham radio-she said her dad was one too. I called him and the rest was history. Earl loaned me a radio and helped me take down and reinstall my first tower. He was always there to help and was a true ham's ham. He could be gruff with the unwashed and when he had an opinion he put it out there with no apology. I used to go to many flea markets with him when he did badges. He was a true friend. Earl's call as I remember was K8WLP. All the antennas are gone but I believe his wife and son still live in the same house in Sandusky.
Contributed by: Dan Kovatch (W8CAR)
Earl was not only a good friend but a good Elmer too, one of those gentlemen who was really excited about ham radio! The FCC only visited quarterly in Cleveland for testing and Earl talked me into going along with him to sit for the General test. I was 12 years old and the chance to go, was one in a million for me. The bad part was that I passed the code and Earl failed and had to wait for me to take the rest of the test. All the way back he couldn't stop telling me how proud he was about my passing and not complaining once about his own disappointment. The hobby could use a few more Earls! Larry W9MDX ex K8RMW
Contributed by: Larry Robison (W9MDX)
Earl, K8WLP was quite an Elmer. In the summer of 1972 I was bicycling past the FD site of the EARS club (WB8LLY) and stopped to see what was going on. Before I knew it I was in front of a radio making QSO's (age 13 at the time). I had a great time but got home late for supper and was in big trouble. The next day my picture was in the Sandusky Register paper and my parents "ungrounded" me. By that fall Earl had me licensed and part of the Club. He helped me get a station together and put up a dipole. I was "rock bound" as a Novice, limited to one frequency. I had my license for a couple of weeks before I got up the courage to get on the air. Thanksgiving morning, 1972 I finally sent my first CQ and guess who answered- K8WLP! It wasn't until many years later that I wondered how long he listened on that Frequency until I finally sent a CQ! Quite an Elmer indeed.
I can't tell you how many hamfests I went to with the guys in his blue and white VW microbus. The hobby could certainly use more Earls!
Contributed by: Joe Hoffman (W8JH)
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