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Need another CW Elmer?

Post by wa0rse » Fri Feb 02, 2007 7:48 pm

So, I saw the list with e-mails but didn't find any info on how to sign up...

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Post by KI4CIA » Sun Feb 04, 2007 4:12 am

Hi Paul,

Just pick one of us an drop us an email. Or email several that may be close to your "neck of the woods". I'm in Alabama.

Glad to see we have some interest!

See ya!

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Post by Guest » Sun Feb 04, 2007 4:59 am

Thanks for the response! However, I meant info about signing up as an Elmer! My error!


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Post by NT9K » Sun Feb 04, 2007 10:31 am

Hi Paul, send a message to:
SKCC Webmaster Bill, NT9K
to be added to the elmer list.

I think the elmer list is due to be enhanced. It would be nice to know what areas the elmers are competent in. Or to what degree they want to help, online, on air, in home etc. The times they might be able to help and so on.
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Post by K4VD » Mon Feb 05, 2007 2:46 am

When we first started discussing creating a group of Elmers I had hoped it would have developed further before simply posting a list on the website. Unfortunately, events overtook me and the list was posted. Then, of course, the anniversary event came about and that put me further behind.

Let me throw out some thought here and see if they develop.

As mentioned above, each of us have key skills that should be highlighted. I was hoping we would start with an Elmer section on this website. Each of the Elmers would post a biography with their experience, how they like to work with others and any other details they see fit to advertise.

I would like to see a place where elmers can post articles. These can be short How-To articles or longer discussions of methods and techniques.

There should be a place where everyone can post their experiences (Elmer and student). I would like to see the Elmers submit periodic reports on the work they have done during the month, plans for next month and any new they are working on.

So, the first question... shall we keep the Elmer program simply as a list on the main website or should we develop this into a more structured program?
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Post by G0KZZ » Thu Mar 06, 2008 11:58 pm

K4VD wrote:So, the first question... shall we keep the Elmer program simply as a list on the main website or should we develop this into a more structured program?
Hi Guys

OK, so I know that this is an oldish thread, but the topic is still relevant even now.

A few things came to mind when reading through this thread. First point is that you really do need to keep the info of the elmer service on the main site as this is the most likely ‘entry point’ into the group that prospective members and wannabe code operators will use. It’s how I found the elmers program.

Secondly, although members of this group will know what a straight key is, and no doubt many others too (I hope hi hi), I would be very surprised if folks actually searched for “straight key elmers” when looking for ways to learn Morse.

What I am suggesting is perhaps a little ‘tweaking’ of the code (that’s HTML) for the elmers page so that search engines such as Google will pick up on the fact that the page is connected with learning Morse code, or learning and using Morse for Amateur Radio use. I’m not trying put down the page by any means, or the rest of the site either, just that those Hams wanting to learn Morse are more likely to search for say “learn morse code for ham radio use” rather than “straight key elmer”. Anything that helps the ‘pupils’ find the ‘teachers’ has got to be worth while surely?

Something I’ve been mulling over for a while too is the idea of offering practice material, either practice texts, and/or audio files (mp3’s etc) for download.

Many folks these days have mp3 players, CD players too, so they afford a student a nice cheap way to get in lots of practice at times and places where perhaps an elmer might not be available. It’s by no means a new idea, but I just thought I would bring it up for discussion.

73’s Mark.

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