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Trivia Night

In what is now an annual tradition for the December meeting, Trivia Night will be held on December 12 and just the way you like it - loud and crazy. So form your teams, and make a noisemaker! For the benefit of new members, this means that, instead of listening to a speaker, you will be challenged to answer a broad range of questions related to Amateur Radio, a la Reach for the Top. As per usual, you can either play individually, or else form teams of any manageable size (max 4 players). Don't forget to come up with a goofy radio-related name for your team (how about "One Antenna with Three Radials"?). Prizes will be given to teams who answer the most questions correctly and to runners-up. Each individual or team will need to bring a noisemaker of some kind, in order to signal the moderator when you have a right answer. Your noisemaker could be as primitive as a boy scout whistle or as complex as a buzzer circuit. The more homebrew it is, the better; that way you can enter it in the mini homebrew contest afterwards. If you forget your noisemaker, don't worry one will be assigned to you. The evening promises to be great fun as always. Janice Neelands, VA3PAX

The Ham Who Invented Elmer

Peter West
According to the ARRL the Canadian Ham who is credited with inventing the term “Elmer” has died. Rod Newkirk, W9BRD/VA3ZBB, of Ottawa is credited with first using the term Elmer in his “How’s DX?” column in March 1971. Newkirk wrote the column which appeared in QST from 1947 to 1978.Over time an Elmer became the name given to anyone who mentored a would-be ham into the hobby. (My first Elmer was Ray Hunter, VE3UR who mentored my dad VE3FWR into becoming a ham.)First licensed in 1937 as W9WRD at 14, Newkirk was involved with radio all his life. In 1997 Newkirk married his wife Betty, VE3ZBB and moved to Canada.Thanks to Peter West for permission to use his article

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