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How many people have you personally (not via a club) Elmered into ham radio? Tell us how, in the comments.

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Why Would I?

Hobby has become a joke. Incompetent appliance
operators that have no technical abilities. I’m
embarrassed to even tell anyone I have an amateur
radio license.
Posted by WA5VGO on 2019-02-18

Why Would I?

Hobby has become a joke. Incompetent appliance
operators that have no technical abilities. I’m
embarrassed to even tell anyone I have an amateur
radio license.
Posted by WA5VGO on 2019-02-18

Recruiting the young

I have seen young people recruited by other hams to get a technician license. The hams get them on 2 meters, but their interest is lost because no-one wants to talk with them on 2 meters, so they go back to their cell phones.
To get a young person interested in HF and for a young person to buy HF equipment is close to impossible.
Amateur radio was interesting BEFORE social media, but not now.
Posted by KG5WY on 2019-02-11

Personally Elmered

Other than being a VE, I've shared information of how to become licensed with Middle School students and Adults; having them visit and even talk on 40 meters under my Supervision. Adults seem to view a Ham License as being foreign even with no code requirement. I've even stressed the use of VHF locally. Classroom demonstrations; Emergency Communications; talking to the International Space Station seems to catch people's attention.
Posted by AA7LX on 2019-02-10

Ht use

When I am doing outdoor activities, including sporting
events and want to stay in contact with friends and
family in an area that has no cell coverage.
Posted by KG9ZTX on 2019-02-09

Different time, different circumstances

In the days that I mentored people to get their ham ticket, it was a much more challenging time. People had to actually study code. I provided assistance by allowing them to borrow my code tapes. I have had 1 former YL get her "coded" (13 wpm) General. My present YL is a "no-code" General. Former room mate received his Novice. Taught Novice classes through a corporate ham club. Setup ham radio technology demonstrations at the company even though many of the employees could pass ham tickets in their sleep, as this company manufactured commercial satellites.

Back in those days, there was a challenge to obtaining a ham ticket, as you had to pass both a theory and a code element. This is of course is the Silicon Valley and we are wired a bit different.

Posted by KB6QXM on 2019-02-08

Elmering Boy Scouts

I have Elmered Boy Scouts for years -- these kids are sponges
for information. Maybe 2 out of 10 stick with it but I have one
(he was a Cub Scout) who gave it up after the class and
returned to it 30 years later and is now licensed and attached
to other hams in his area and quite active. We planted a seed
25-30 years ago and it grew into a tree. I remember them all.

Posted by KB1PJ on 2019-02-02

Elmered thru kindness

Well there are too many stories to tell and even
remember all of them, but one springs to mind. I was in
public safety and one of my fellow officers was a troop
leader with a Boy Scout troop and he knew through
conversations by the upper management that I was a
ham. So he asked me to come to one of his meetings.
Had a class of 20 young men eager to hear about
emergency comms. Well I attempted to show them how
to build an antenna out of things you find laying around
and all you have is a radio and wire. We had a practical
and we as a group built the feedline and the dipole (I
gave them the formula to figure length) and we made
some contacts. They were amazed and out of that group
there were a few that got on board and through the
years hear from them and answer many questions they
have. This event happened over 28 years ago.
Posted by N3RTD on 2019-01-26

for the past 35 years I have had a contest station . Over these years I have had over 40 guest ops . This hast given many hams and would be hams the opportunity to see what it is like to work DX. Its been fun sharing and then helping the new guy get on the air . DE NE3F
Posted by NE3F on 2019-01-26

Very rewarding!

My first experience was in High School when I was involved in
getting a friend into Ham radio. The most fascinating
experience was elmering a Korean navy pilot who was sailing
his boat to Hawaii & wanted the ability to communicate while
at sea.

Since the licensing changes, elmering has moved from an
individual event to more of a classroom event. Many hams
were recruited & developed over a kitchen table while studying
code or theory.

Posted by W0LD on 2019-01-24


In the mid 60's I held 5 or 6 code and theory classes in the same amount of years and possibly 20 to 25 received their Novice tickets. I took a 25 year "break" and consequently lost track of them, most of them moving away.
It seemed that the Novice ticket was something worth working for back then, but today it's all free, with all the technology available to today's youth. sigh
Posted by K3UIM on 2019-01-20


I tried to elmer one ham back in the 90's when the "Tech Plus" no-code license was introduced. As soon as he started talking about operating beyond the limits of the Tech license class, I ran FAST. Even though I was licensed only a few years, I had had enough experience with the wackos and wierdos of ham radio not to turn another one of them loose on the world.
Posted by N9LCD on 2019-01-20

Of the 4 people I can think of who I personally Elmered, 3 I know are still active. One more I just haven't heard from / about for years.
I have demo'd ham radio to dozens. Most are interested but not fascinated and/or driven to get a license. I have also been part of a club VE team and have seen several (not a many) people get their licenses via the club, and of those, fewer than half still have their licenses and half of those are inactive.
Posted by K7NG on 2019-01-16


My two sons and two son-in-laws have got their licenses. The
sons were interested because they grew up with it in the house
and they thought it was cool. We use VHF radios when we are
caravanning on our family reunions. It is a great way to expose
kids to science, electronics, geography and communications.
Posted by K9RJ on 2019-01-15


I had to answer 0 (zero) because my only
inductees were recruited via my club at
technical school back in the novice days. The
novice license was a good recruitment process
back in the day.
Posted by W0EKS on 2019-01-15

In Line Of Sight

So I grew up here in Fort Collins, CO 80524 and have used WWV to align my frequency standards to 500mHz quite often, with out them I will have to get a GPS DO or use CHU. I will be posting some videos on WWVB and WWV shortly on my youtube channel before they are gone.
~Tyler, KA0KA
Posted by KA0KA on 2019-01-12

Not much interest

Demonstrated it to less than 10 people; none
found it interesting enough to take the effort
to get a license. Everyone was wanting instant
gratification and promptly dropped any
interest when told they had to take an exam,
much less the costs of setting up a station.
They already have a smartphone, FRS, GMRS, CB,
and MURS frequencies.. who needs ham radio?
Posted by WB4M on 2019-01-12

30% are still active

I have elmered about 40 people over the
years. About 30% of them have stayed active.
Posted by KB4MRX on 2019-01-12