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Let's retire the term 'elmer'

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by WF4W, Nov 13, 2017.

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  1. WF4W

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    Don't want to ruin the other thread so to run with another poster's comment about disliking the term 'elmer', i wonder if we can come up with a 21st century term for Elmer...

    I sat in on an ARRL presentation on Attracting and Retaining ham radio operators from the newer generations. It was all about how WE need to be better elmers... blech. I too dislike that term. I can't imagine calling someone an elmer or being called an elmer :eek:

    I guarantee that NO millenial or younger person wants an 'elmer'. They may want a mentor but certainly not an 'elmer'

    Here's some other 19th/20th century names we should avoid:
    • Cecil.
    • Chester.
    • Claude.
    • Floyd
    • Abe

    Perhaps we could just retire the term 'elmer' and simply say "mentor'
    K2NED, N0TZU, KE0JJG and 8 others like this.
  2. W5TTP

    W5TTP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Maybe Hamry/Hamriette/Hamrifused, depending on the circumstance.
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  3. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Volunteer Moderator Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Mentor works perfectly. That's the term I choose to use. I've never been too keen on the term Elmer.

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  4. WF4W

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    ex-actly. I think most of us would use the term "mentor" - I think the ARRL needs to stop using 'elmer' in their literature.
    K2NED, K7QAT, K9ALT and 1 other person like this.
  5. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    They need to stop using a lot of terms.
  6. N7ZAL

    N7ZAL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thinking back to when I started out, I don't think we used any labels or mentors and we were mostly self taught. However when we did need some help we just went to the local, closest ham.
  7. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Let's keep the term "Elmer" and just create a safe place for the snowflakes and whiners who are "triggered" by it.
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  8. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    When I had questions, I asked the professional LMR guys, all of whom had commercial FCC licenses that (in those days) took real work to get. They knew more about radio than any of the hams, anyway.
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  9. WF4W

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    i am so tired of the term 'triggered' and 'snowflake' - it's so overplayed and tired. . . .which I guess is why you're still using them - try to keep up, okay, OM? :rolleyes:
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  10. KA9JLM

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    A Elmer is a person that had to learn Morse code.

    They know a bunch of other stuff too.

    I vote to keep. Maybe rename as old fart, For those that do not get butt hurt.
    N4FZ, KB0FKT, K5PHW and 1 other person like this.

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