New Elmer 'Sked' Page

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New Elmer 'Sked' Page

Postby N6EV » Tue May 01, 2012 5:25 am

As a Code Elmer, I've worked with a number of new operators on the air while holding a simultaneous chat session with them on the K3UK Ragchew page. It has worked well, allowing good discussion and real time feedback before, during and after the on-air QSO session.

As an experiment, I've asked for, and Andy K3UK has graciously created a separate "Elmer Page" on his SKED server. We can use this Elmer 'sked' page as a working channel between Elmers and students real time. This will also be a good rendezvous spot for those without Elmers looking for CW help, QRS QSOs, or having any questions about on-air operating technique. Feel free to post a question, a QRS QSO request, or an offer to help others as an Elmer, answer a question or two, or just be there for an operator's first CW QSO. The page has been operational for less than 24 hours and we've already had a new CW op have his first CW QSO through it! So the Elmer Page has proven it can unite new operators with those willing to help.

The Elmer Page isn't meant to be exclusive to CW or the SKCC, although the idea was based off of SKCC CW Elmering. The Elmer Page is available for questions related to any aspect of amateur radio. If you know of a newly licensed ham, please point them in the direction of the Elmer Page. Those willing to help, both on and off-air answering questions and providing encouragement should also check in. It won't work if just new ops check in! We need you experienced ops to show up too.

Here's a direct link to the K3UK Elmer Page
http://www.obriensweb.com/sked/index.php?board=findanelmer

If it turns out the page is not utilized, we'll end the experiment and terminate the page.

Feedback welcome.
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Re: New Elmer 'Sked' Page

Postby KC9UNL » Fri May 11, 2012 10:52 pm

Great idea! Will try to get into the habit of watching and posting when I would be available to help a new CW operator.

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Re: New Elmer 'Sked' Page

Postby N6EV » Thu May 17, 2012 12:05 am

We've had great response from the Elmer corps and those willing to slow down and help new operators with on-air QSOs. What we need more of is response from those looking for help! I know you're out there. Don't be shy. We're all here to help. Please speak up on the Elmer Page, even if nobody is logged in at the moment you are there. Post about your experience, needs and questions. Include how we can get ahold of you, or when you can be back in chat for more discussion. You'll find a group ready and willing to do what it takes to answer your questions, provide encouragement and on-air patience to get you to the next level.
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SKCC 3358T / FISTS 1407 / NAQCC 2247 / CWOps 380
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Re: New Elmer 'Sked' Page

Postby KC9UNL » Thu May 17, 2012 12:40 am

One suggestion to maybe help make in easier to get someone started is:

Have the amateur who is wanting help to supply a telephone number. The Elmer will initially call them to introduce himself, better understand their level of
CW experience, and make some verbal plans for help. This would be better than email. However, if they do want to provide a phone number then have
them provide an email address for assistance.
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