The local radio club is where the newcomer begins the journey of discovery and the seasoned veteran keeps informed of the latest technology. Regardless of where we are on our ham radio journey our local radio club is where we find our friends. The term "Elmer" means someone who provides personal guidance and assistance to would-be hams. The term first appeared in QST in a March 1971 "How's DX" column by Rod Newkirk, W9BRD (now also VA3ZBB). Newkirk called them "the unsung fathers of Amateur Radio."
Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club, the Manteca Amateur Radio Club and the Lodi Amateur Radio Club have come together to help teach new hams how to get started and offer this "personal guidance".
These sessions are an opportunity for the new ham to learn how to purchase and / or program their first radio, to discover some of the many opportunities there are in Amateur Radio to "find your world" and give the new ham just the chance to ask questions and get on the air.
Elmering sessions run concurrent with our HamCram testing sessions so that new hams, who got their license at a previous session can come back and learn the basics of the hobby from patient Elmers in each club.
The class is structured with a 1 hour "classroom" session in the morning, break-out sessions for 1 hour; break for lunch; and 1 hour break out sessions in the afternoon followed by a panel discussion featuring "Elmers" in an ask anything "wrap-up". Break-out sessions include: Programming and using HTs, Using Anderson Power poles, building simple antennas, contesting, chasing DX, Intro to Morse Code and HF operating.
SIGN UP FOR ELMERING SESSIONS HERE.
THEY ARE FREE
STOCKTON FIRE STATION #2
TRAINING DIVISION CLASSROOM
110 W SONORA ST
STOCKTON, CA 95202
(CORNER OF W SONORA ST/COMMERCE ST)
STARTING AT 8:30 AM
Saturday April 29th, 2017
Saturday September 9th, 2017
Saturday October 28th, 2017