Following on the questions posed “Where are the Positive Hams? And How to Tell? – Part I” here are my thoughts:
Awards/Wallpaper for both Elmers and the “Elmered”
When you think of the efforts, getting on the air at odd times of the day to catch a rare DX station in increase our DXCC counts, endless calling “CQ CQ Nebraska for WAS ..” to get that last state for a Worked-All-States award, or trying to run our station around the clock for a weekend to get every county in that State QSO party…. when you think of the things we get up to get an award – a piece of paper we put up like “wallpaper” in our radio room or den to show off, and perhaps a brief mention in those results listings in QST that look like the stock prices pages from the newspaper – we’ll we seem to be pretty highly motivated by the small acheivement.
Why not put that same motivation to use rewarding successful effective Elmers with Awards that they can use as Wallpaper on their glory wall?
A few weeks ago I stopped at the butcher shop to pick up an order and noticed the butcher had a beautiful large “Meister Brief” certificate from his West German school hanging. The certificate was stunning and even without knowing German impressive. This was no little lazer printed 8-1/2 x 11 form, but was the real McCoy, and obviously a point of pride.
Consider rewarding your club’s effective & successful Elmers with a tangible award in recognition of their contributions that they can display as wallpaper in their shack. Include in recognition the student with a certificate type award marking their success as the “Elmered.”
So these are a few of my observations and thoughts – what are yours?