I’ve had a nearly unanswerable question put to me by a small group of very new hams – Where are the Positive Hams? And How to Tell?
Whew – what a question and what even brought on the question?
Seems that some of us in the hobby have become forgetful of the debt we owe our Elmers (Mentors) and our fellow hams who helped us learn more about this hobby.
Was going to write “this Great Hobby” but perhaps we haven’t earned the accolade?
My personal experience was greatly “Elmer-less” for the first 15 years. I share in the responsibility for that situation as I accepted the situation. I didn’t strive to search out a real Elmer and until I got a wild-hair to upgrade and do a bunch of the ARRL CCE courses (I did almost every one of the original series) I didn’t push.
But then some of that must be shared with the hams I did have contact with either not being Elmer types, being very busy or in a few distinct cases being anti-Elmers (I have written about anti-Elmers before if you want to explore that idea and cures). The local club had licensing classes with zero follow up opportunity to do more than get on the local 2m repeater or watch an old timer operating on rare occassions.
Can’t say we’ve moved all that far along in 23 years though change has left us with people interested in mentoring involved.
Yet just this last month that “Where are the Positive Hams?” question came up again.
As fellow radio amateurs do we too quickly forget that we need to “put back” by Elmering?
Look at the number of amateurs who somehow can’t even interest their own family in the hobby – what sad things is that saying?
And the deeper more penetrating follow on question to “Where are the Positive Hams?” of “And How to Tell?” suggests we still have anti-Elmers in the amateur raio community showing a face of amateur radio support while either not carrying through or being negative when these new hams approach them.
I want to leave you with the questions and in a few days I will post up my throughts adding any comments contributing towards a better amateur radio community.