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 +====== Find an Elmer ======
 +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).
 +If you are interested in being an Elmer or finding an Elmer, [[officers|contact us]].
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