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Survey Question
How many people have you personally (not via a club) Elmered into ham radio? Tell us how, in the comments.
  Posted: Jan 11, 2019   (204 votes, 8 comments) by WC4R

    (204 votes, 8 comments)

Survey Results
None 28% (58)
1 17% (35)
2-4 37% (76)
5-10 11% (23)
11+ 6% (12)

Survey Comments
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 January 20, 2019

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 January 20, 2019

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 January 16, 2019

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 January 15, 2019

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 January 15, 2019

30% are still active
I have elmered about 40 people over the
years. About 30% of them have stayed active.

Posted by KB4MRX on January 12, 2019

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 January 12, 2019

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 January 12, 2019

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