New Hams


This past Monday evening, I helped give technician tests to about 12 people, each of them passed; not all with flying colors but hey they passed right? I think back nonwoven the past fifteen years or so that I have had my license and realize that I have given tests for well over 100 new ham radio operators. Our VE team has nearly 100% pass rating on all the tests that we have given. Our club hold a technician class normally once a year. Some of the people that we have helped get their license have moved on to other things and have let their license lapse, other continue to use them to this day. I never really seen myself as being a good teacher, but as I’ve come to realize recently, I’m actually pretty good at it. My first day training a probationary dispatcher here at my job, is when it hit me I think. He had been work g here already for about four and a half months, but still wasn’t really catching on, so my boss asked me to give training him a shot.

The first day with him, I was telling him about myself. I have never been the kind of guy that seeks out to be in charge or to teach someone, yet it always seems to work out that way. I have never been a good public speaker, my mouth tends to quiver when I talk to a group of people and my palms sweat. It doesn’t matter if the people that I’m talking to are friends or total strangers. I have tried every trick in the book to be more comfortable, but none ever really helped. About half way through our conversation I realized that my mouth wasn’t quivering. So I ask myself, what is different now, what’s different about this time? I don’t know if it was because I have finally got comfortable with speaking/training someone, or if it was just a fluke, but I haven’t done it since. Now I find myself looking forward to teaching someone something and seeing that ah ha moment when the light bulb finally comes on for them. I think that is the best part about training someone, that moment when they finally get it. I now find myself seeking out things to learn about or to get certified to train her at my job or in my personal life with my hobbies, like ham radio.

I think that was one of the reasons that I decided to start this blog, so that maybe some other people might be able to learn something from me. One of the things that I have noticed over the past few years, at least in my area, is that elmers have kind of gone to the way side. I read about them when I got my ticket so many years ago, but never really had one. Maybe its different elsewhere, but not where I’m from. I hope that this is not the case everywhere, because it is such a good concept, and so many things in our hobby have such a steep learning curve, that its not always easy to learn it on hour own. With the digital age, personal interaction has taken a back seat to the web and social media. So maybe this blog can help bridge the gap, so to speak.

I think that just about does it for this post. I am going to get this up and hopefully, and hopefully get started on planning my new post.

73 de K5CLM


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