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What is an Elmer?

Elmer is a generic name for a Ham who helps other Hams get started in Amateur Radio. But where did the term "Elmer" come from? The term was coined by Rod Newkirk - W9BRD. He served as the conductor of the "Hows DX" column in QST magazine from 1948 to 1978.
It all began with the "Hows DX" lead in the March 1971 issue

   Position of ELMER COORDINATOR,  IS OPEN - Please apply to Club President


The Amateur's Code

The Radio Amateur is:

CONSIDERATE....never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.
LOYAL....offers loyalty, encouragement, and support to other amateurs, local clubs, and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.
PROGRESSIVE...with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station and operation above reproach.
FRIENDLY...slow and patient operating when requested; friendly advice and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interest of others.  These are the hallmarks of the amateur service. is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.
PATRIOTIC...station and skill always ready for service to country and community
-The original Amateur's Code was written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928.

The "OM" has always been a guide in our hobby, providing that
wisdom which is only gained thru experiance.  We apreciate their
leadership and guidance.
Pictured above are some of our "Old Men":
(from left to right)
Harley Gabrielson, K6DS, WAMO #0021
Francis Williams, W6MIR, WAMO #0491
Vern Milton, W6EPW
Representing over 180 Years of Amateur Radio

UPDATED: 1/23/2003
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