Where are the Positive Hams? And How to Tell? – Solutions Offered Part II 19 - July - 2012Posted by k9zw in A Good Read series, K9ZW, K9ZW Just Rambled, The Positive Ham.
Following on the questions posed “Where are the Positive Hams? And How to Tell? – Part I” here are my thoughts:
Keep the anti-Elmers in Check.
Whether as club officers or as fellow hobbyists, quietly and without fanfare shun the anti-elmer, never referring anyone to them. Would you even consider recommending a shabby restaurant to those around you? Of course not, so why steer anyone to an anti-elmer. When an anti-elmer volunteers evaluate if the group has enough supervision skills & time to help the anti-elmer and the learner, otherwise just don’t assist making a bad connection.
While running Hamcrams we made the mistake of letting anti-elmers offer to mentor/tutor candidates, and it was a disaster. The anti-elmers simply did their same head games and with their the-talk-without-the-walk failure to in some cases even contact their students while reporting back “all is well, going good” they sabotaged numerous candidates before we realized what was happening.
In the rare case of the truly negative to outright evil fellow hobbyist openly shunning them is warranted, provided the reason is well known and in the open. Again you wouldn’t recommend a restaurant noted for making customers sick, with health hazards or in a very unsafe situation, and likewise never send learners anywhere near these unsafe hams.
Also watch out for the ineffective who seem beyond reasonably eager to volunteer. There may be something deeply wrong going on, as some clubs have found to the chagrin when that enthusiastic anti-elmer is suddenly up on charges.
Oh, if the anti-elmer gets mad and threatens to leave the community of radio amateurs (usually unless the group changes to meet their demands) let them go. The door can’t hit them in the backside fast & hard enough. Just as if you were eating grapes and bit into a bad & sour grape you would spit it out, the bad & sour need to be spat out.
Basically until an anti-elmer (if they can) is reformed, keep students away from them.
(BTW I’ve written about the non-Elmering type before:
Pay No Attention to that Man Behind the Curtain – Cause & Effect of Non-Elmers
So these are a few of my observations and thoughts – what are yours?