Teaching vs Testing

Was on 160 meters this morning listening to a local group of hams, when it was mentioned that a new ham was having some difficulty getting a fan dipole dialed-in. It was mentioned that he was getting some very inaccurate information from one of the local LIDS, KI4JSM about the effects of standing wave ratio (SWR, not SWR’s), and the usage of a trans-match. This got me to thinking about the current state of amateur radio, and how it seems to be going south.

Back in the day (LOL) when I became interested in amateur radio, I was lucky enough to have one the best elmers in our area. K4ILF. Lou Letendre. He was a 2 lander transplant from Long Island, NY. One hell of a great elmer, and great all around guy. If not for Lou, I’d never got my ticket. Lou knew how to teach!

Seems today most are more caught up about testing for new licenses, instead of TEACHING those interested in obtaining a license. Too me, that seems ass-backwards.

Anyhow, I reached out to this new amateur, and he did respond. Hopefully a few of us will be able to help this new ham with his antenna issues, and get him on the right path, so he can enjoy the hobby to the fullest!

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