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Larry L. (K7IHI)
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I find that many of the newer 'called' ERC Specialists that stop with the Technician License, hardly know what amateur radio is all about.  In our area here there are many who have Technician licenses, but don't move into HF, digital communications, etc, simply because they feel they are filling a church 'calling' by occassionally checking into a 2m net.  They are dedicated people, but there is very little interest in really developing the 'art and science' of amateur(ham) radio communications.  These peoples' experience begins and ends with pushing the PTT button of a HT and trying to remember what their call is..... amateur radio is much more than this .....

 

How can we motivate and 'move' these individuals to the bigger picture of amateur radio?  We need people who are really communications specialists ....

 

 

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Larry(K7IHI)

ERC Hawaii/Pacific Area

KH6BYU Trustee/Consultant

NCDXF KH6WO Hawaiian Beacon

June 16, 2010 at 11:47 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Larry L. (K7IHI)
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In addition to my previous post, I'm also finding that new Technicians have little or no experience with equipment.  When they are asked to 'upgrade' to a higher license ..... which includes the HF frequencies, they often don't know what the manufacturers or brand names of radios are.  I am often asked the question, "Which radio is the best to buy?"  My answer is, "What can you afford?"  That doesn't answer the question because it doesn't take into account radio specifications, i.e. sensitivity, S/N, selectivity, IF stages, and other standard as well as optional features. 

 

Older hams need to 'elmer' newer Technician hams into the field of amateur radio  in a way that newer hams can be educated  to make their own choices when it comes to equipment for their station. 

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Larry(K7IHI)

ERC Hawaii/Pacific Area

KH6BYU Trustee/Consultant

NCDXF KH6WO Hawaiian Beacon

June 19, 2010 at 11:22 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Matt
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I am relatively new to ham radio.  I first got my Technician back in October and just a few months ago got my Extra.  To me it was something that found surprisingly enjoyable.  Enough to the point that I am studying for commercial licenses.  I enjoy taking the time to research radios, antennas, etc...  To me, it really is enjoyable.  To someone that was "called" they may not have the time, energy, resources, or desires to really make it work.  They maybe operating under some misguided or not very clear directions. 


 

My stake will be participating in the upcoming Field Day along with Pioneer day.  With a good demonstration, we are hoping to garner some new interest.


July 19, 2010 at 12:16 PM Flag Quote & Reply

KJ6EUO
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As a new HAM I could not agree with this statement more "Older hams need to 'elmer'newer Technician hams into the field of amateur radio" When someone asksyou what radio to get they may be just wanting to check it off on their callinglist but they may also be asking you to teach them something about radios. Regardlessof their motives it’s an opportunity to teach. I see this as a problem generallyin HAM. Pardon the stereo type but as a group we are a bunch of old, antisocial,curmudgeons that are not very good at reaching out to the new kid and teaching.

I continueto struggle without a good resource to call on to improve my skill andUnderstanding. Books tend to be expensive and the internet is rich and yet unorganized.I have joined the local club and ARES group but I don’t know why. I guess atsome point I’m going to have to leave or become part of the solution. I walkinto the meeting when I have time to make it and at 36yo I’m often the youngestone there that’s not someone’s kid.

I hear thereare people in the church that were asked to get licenses but I have never runinto one. I do know some HAMs in the church that seem to focus almost exclusivelyon the church use of HAM. I don’t see this as a big problem. Most HAMs areusing it for what they see as interesting and useful. If we can draw them inand show them what ells they can do, we will all benefit. If we alienate thembecause their motives are not pure we all lose.

In short Igot into HAM because I was interested. I got my General the first day because Iknew the stuff by the time the test was offered. I’m here because I want to beand yet I have trouble finding an Elmer. If I struggle, how can we expect thoseasked to be ERC Specialists, that then go out and get a tech ticket to findtheir way without a LOT of help?

 

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kj6euo

October 4, 2010 at 7:18 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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