Well, after reading some of the recent posts, I realize it's time to try to do something to actually improve the Amateur Radio service. We've all seen posts from people who are new to the hobby, needing a little guidance to fill in the gaps that testing leaves. (Please, no discussion about testing requirements, as there will ALWAYS be gaps in ANY testing. It's simply impossible to test on everything). This is where we get into the concept of Elmers. In the old days, a new ham would be given his Novice test by a pair of licensed hams, General class or above. By this measure, it could already be assumed that the new ham had someone to help continue his education in the hobby beyond the original licensing. Today, we have the VE program, which is similar, but not quite the same personal interaction, as today, after passing the test, the new ham gets their callsign, and is essentially thrown to the dogs to learn the rest of what they need to know. I myself was lucky, in that when I was first licensed, I had a pretty good group of experienced hams to draw information from. They helped me to learn CW, helped me find my first HF radio, and welcomed me with open arms to Field day and other contacts. But, once I moved across country, I missed that personal interaction. I would attempt to get active on the local 2m repeaters, but in so many cases, I found that if you call isn't "known", you won't really get to talk to anyone. What I'd like to see is an online database of people who are willing to help educate the new people in the hobby. People like PU, STX, and the others who answer questions in this forum, and who are willing to help others. This database would record callsigns, E-mail addresses, and general location, so a ham who was in, say, Washington State, could go to this database, click on "Washington," and get a list of people in the area who are willing to help them learn. That new ham could then drop off an E-mail to that person, and start getting to know them, and eventually meet up face to face, if mutually agreeable. Does anyone else think this would be a good idea? I'd be willing to design the site (I have some experience with web/database coding, and server space to host it on), but wouldn't want to put in the effort if it wouldn't be of benefit to people.