Following on the questions posed “Where are the Positive Hams? And How to Tell? – Part I” here are my thoughts:
Ok – this one is bait of stretch, but perhaps asking the new ham to “go away and teach themselves” isn’t such a bad thing.
In my development of interest in the hobby I had found none who were either willing or equipped to Elmer. Some of the hams lacked time, and many just didn’t Elmer. Some were themselves lacking technical depth to teach & mentor.
So I undertook a “Technical Hermitage” actually withdrawing from the local club and searching out books, web resources and later on-line & classroom learning sessions.
I started my notes and approached planning with the knowledge that I simply could not divert needed resources from family needs and what I did save to invest in my interests needed to be effective.
My “Technical Hermitage” took several years, along the way which I not only read & researched, but slowly tried my hand at various ham hobby tasks.
The hermitage was not absolute, as I would make a beeline to any opportunity to operate or learn. I just moved past the limitations of poor Elmers, anti-Elmers and the overly busy possible Elmers put in my path.
I also quickly learned to not waste time on foolish faux-Elmers who were willing to spend some time only if it was to toot their own horns.
EDIT – This quote was sent to me once I put up this post:
“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.”
— Isaac Asimov
Like a musician going off to “woodshed” – that is to practice on his own until he had mastered the horn – breaking away on a “Technical Hermitage” has a role. In a “Technical Hermitage” I only encounter the most positive ham I then knew – myself – while teaching myself.
So these are a few of my observations and thoughts – what are yours?