[AMRadio] Re: AMRadio Digest, Vol 47, Issue 45

D. Chester 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?
> Hello,
> 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?

Don k4kyv 

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