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Suggestions for Growing Ham Radio -- "On The Air".

 

Most Hams want to grow Ham Radio. Many do and mentor newcomers to become licensed Hams. The Ham becomes an "Elmer" .

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As most know, the number of licensed Hams has grown substantially the past few years since code requirements were dropped. The Ham Radio community is actually growing itself. A non-profit endeavor to help Hams continue to grow Ham radio is "Grow Ham Radio dot Club or dot Org".  This free Ham Radio project provides free Online Ham Test study courses to prospective Hams through any licensed Ham.

If you want to help someone get their license, go to Grow Ham Radio dot Org or dot Club, click "Ham Kit", then "Click Here To Get A New Ham Started".

Grow Ham Radio will send you an email with a fifteen digit code for you to to set up a Online Ham study course for the student with the student's email and password that you establish. Save the access information for later progress monitoring, and send the access information to the student. You can login later to keep track of the student's progress.

Grow Ham Radio.org  is a non-profit Ham Radio prioject sponsored and funded by the Wireless Industry Association, which has been supporting and helping Ham Radio growth for thirty plus years.
 

 


"Elmers" Pay It Forward

"Let's Grow Ham Radio"

 

Pay It Forward

 

On no, not another "Old Days" story?

Finally, after years of SWL and Ham Radio interest, I ask a Ham about getting licensed. He mentored me, pushed me to the books and code. Year. late 1976.

Bought a Ten-Tec Argonaut 409, 80 through 10 meter QRP, 3 watt transceiver with 50 watt linear amplifier. All 12 v. components. Plus an MFJ code practice device.  All latest all transistor equipment

We went to the local Ham store where my Ham friend guided me to pick up the components to assemble and install a 40 meter dipole with proper balun. I mounted it as a flat-top on the roof of the U shaped two story apartment house, with six foot tripods, across the U, above the patio. Year late 1976.

Listening and copying stations all over the World was really motivating. Shortly, to the FCC office in downtown Houston, passed the Novice and General written exams, five word code test for the Technician license.

A long six weeks later, with new WD5EQM license in hand, made first QSO with Ham with weird, to me, 2X1 call in Plano, TX on Novice/Technician portion of 10 meter band with 3 watts and my new antenna.

With the fire breathing fifty watt output Ten-Tec amplifier and upgraded license, I utilized the Ten-Tec 409 QRP transceiver at home, in the van and on my thirty foot sail boat for several years. Always got "great audio" reports from all over the World

Moral is: "Elmers" are an important part of "Growing Ham Radio". Most Hams had an "Elmer" as I did. I've been paying it forward since. If you're not an "Elmer" yet, start now. If already an  "Elmer", - - keep it up.

Ham Radio is fun for life. Paying it forward is fun - - -and contagious.

Bob Hutchinson, N5CNN