Starting 66 years ago, Dayton Hamvention, The largest annual Amateur Radio gathering in the US is now only 9 days away. Hamvention was forced to relocate because of the closing of their longtime home at Hara Arena. 2018 will mark their 2nd year second year at new location at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, OH. For 2018, Hamvention has been endorsed as the 2018 ARRL Great Lakes Division Annual Convention.
With last year being their first year at the new location, Hamvention had some growing pains but they listened to the visitors and have taken steps for a better experience this year. Hamvention’s website has expanded directions, parking maps and handicapped parking information. Attendees can link to their Facebook and Twitter accounts through the Hamvention website. As a part of their extended outreach, this year a text alert system is going to be used. Visitors wanting up-to-date information while traveling to or while attending are encouraged to take advantage of the text alerts. The alerts will share important weather, traffic, parking, and other information throughout the weekend of the show. To subscribe to the system, users should text “Hamvention18” to 888777. A traffic bulletin station has been added on 145.525 MHz to periodically repeat needed information. The text alerts and the talk-in and traffic bulletin stations will all share information about road conditions, accidents or other incidents, detours, parking status, and other news and information.
See their website for the full events schedule and details on vendors, flea markets, displays, and the EMCOM showcase at: http://hamvention.org/
ARRL EXPO at Hamvention details are at: http://www.arrl.org/arrl-expo#Forums
While at the club meeting the question came up about terms used in communications like where did 73 and 88 originate. Another topic was where did the term "Elmer" come from and why wasn't it "Harry" or "Fred" or "Louise"? No one present could answer the question. Where did the term "Elmer" originate?
First, the definition of an Elmer is, someone who provides personal guidance and assistance to would-be hams. This definition first appeared in our A.R.R.L. publication QST in March 1971 article "How's DX". The author of this piece was Rod Newkirk, W9BRD (also using VA3ZBB). In Newkirk's article were a couple phrases describing the woes of a despondent person that had just failed the entry level amateur radio license test. "Too frequently one hears a sad story in this little nutshell: 'Oh, I almost got a ticket, too, but Elmer, W9XYZ, moved away I kind of lost interest.'"
Apparently other hams began using 'Elmer' around the world and the new tag stuck. The term "Elmer" is not very old but the concept is older. What name was used to describe those hams that helped other become hams were probably just common describers like friend, helper, tutor, coach, etc.
Raise your hand if you were aware that there is an award for "Elmer's". I can't raise my hand. I learned only from this research of the award. It is known as the Elmer Award, 'catchy isn't it?' and you can send or present someone with an Elmer Award certificate from the Amateur Radio Relay League. I AM NOT SOLICITING ANYONE FOR A CERTIFICATE! If you go to the ARRL Elmer Award page on the Internet you can read just above where you enter your Elmer's information and your information all about the certificate.
So, in closing, "Do Elmer's have and Elmer?" Yes, emphatically. Because we all participate and help each other. Therefore in some cases we are Elmers helping Elmers.
(Pcars - 2018).