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

jeremy-ca km1h at jeremy.mv.com
Wed Dec 19 17:28:34 EST 2007

I hate that name, I always get a vision of Elmer Fudd or some unwashed 
mountain hillbilly.

Whoever thought it up should be strung up by the heels and beat with the 
Wouff Hong.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "D. Chester" <k4kyv at charter.net>
To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2007 4:08 PM
Subject: [AMRadio] Re: AMRadio Digest, Vol 47, Issue 45

>>> 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 mid-70's.
> 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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