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Origin of the word "Elmer": The term "Elmer" -- meaning someone who provides personal guidance to would-be-hams -- first appeared in QST in March 1971 "How's DX" column by Rod Newkirk, W9BRD (now also VA3ZBB). Newkirk called them the "unsung fathers of Amateur Radio." While he probably was not trying to coin a term at the time, here's how Newkirk introduced "Elmer" in his column, and, as it turned out, to the rest of the Amateur Radio world:  "Too frequently one hears a sad story in this little nutshell: "Oh I almost got a ticket too, but Elmer, W9XYZ, moved away and I kind of lost interest."  Newkirk went on to say "We need those Elmers. All the Elmers, including the ham who took the most time and trouble to give you a push toward your license, are the birds who keep this great game young and fresh." - Rick Lindquist, N1RL (courtesy of the ARRL website).

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Special Interest as an Elmer

Bill Leonard NØCU RF and Analog circuit design/troubleshooting, setting up a station, antenna design, lightning protection, RF interference mitigation, high power RF amplifier design and troubleshooting, solid state transmitter and receiver repair
Jim Stitt KAØNZZ Operating procedures, Morse Code, setting up a station, electrical circuits, digital modes, troubleshooting, DX
Pete Krause NEØT Electronic circuits, electrical fundamentals, CW operating, antennas, transmission lines, software defined radio, VHF/UHF repeater maintenance
Nancy Stitt KØNNC Working in schools with ham radio and kids