|[AMRadio] Re: AMRadio Digest, Vol 47, Issue 45|
k4kyv at charter.net
Wed Dec 19 16:08:11 EST 2007
>> I just wish that dumb-sounding term "elmer" would go away for good.
> > Don k4kyv
>> The term is part of our history. Why Kalifornicate our heritage?
>> ROLYNN K7DFW
> Actually, the term "elmer" is something relatively new, and only recently
> has it come into any kind of common use. It was first used in a March
> 1971 QST article by Dave Newkirk:
I have been licensed since 1959, first becoming interested via SWL'ing in
1953. I was very active in ham radio throughout the 1970's and 80's, but
NEVER heard the term "elmer" until about 1980. It is at best a
johnny-come-lately part of our history, associated with the brief influx of
new amateurs that occurred as a spin-off of the CB boom that began in the
What is the earliest verifiable reference anyone can find to the term, such
as use or mention of it in an amateur radio magazine (excluding the Newkirk
article) or a documented speech at a major ham radio event?
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