Episode #23 - The New Elmers

‘Elmer’ - An experienced Amateur Radio operator with a steady hand who took you under their wing and taught you the right way to be a proper radio operator.

Unfortunately, many Amateur Radio operators never had the benefit of an Elmer’s attention and kindness. Most of us were left to our own devices when it came to figuring it out. And most of the time it worked out fine… but there were other times, like the times we were wondering why nobody ever answered our CQs, because we didn’t know our code sending was so atrocious. It would have been nice back then, when CW was still relatively new to us, to have someone sit next to us and show us how to send better code…

Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE and Rich Collins, K2UPS - the New Elmers - are changing all that with the Long Island CW Club. Beginning in January 2018, they started teaching Morse code and CW in live classes over the Internet to anyone who wanted to learn. Their method of teaching Morse code and CW is casual and fun. It is a unique experience that has already appealed to more than a hundred students wanting a less structured and more relaxed approach to learning the code. 

In this episode Howard and Rich explain how the club got started, their unique way of teaching, and the classes available to anyone wanting to learn the code and have fun. If you’re brand new to the code, or someone who’s been struggling to learn, checkout the Long Island CW Club… it just may be what you’ve been looking for.

Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE

Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE

Richard Collins, K2UPS

Richard Collins, K2UPS

Walter Paluch, KA2CAQ

Walter Paluch, KA2CAQ

Ishan Kumaraswami, AC2MX

Ishan Kumaraswami, AC2MX

Bill Siegel, W2IIT

Bill Siegel, W2IIT

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There are many ways to learn Morse code and how to be a good CW operator. There are apps for your phone, software for your laptop, and on-line applications. You can learn on your own or you can join a class and learn with other students. The reason there are so many different ways to learn the code is because there is no “one size fits all” method of learning.

The Long Island CW Club is a new and different way of learning the code that has appealed to a lot of people.

If you’re learning code for the very first time, check it out. More importantly, if you’ve struggled to learn the code in the past, are discouraged, or other methods didn’t work for you, take a few minutes and checkout the Long Island CW Club. Talk to Howard and Rich, this may be just what you’ve been looking for!

Credits and Information About This Episode:

I’d like to give special thanks to our guests,

Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE, Co-Founder, Long Island CW Club

Richard Collins, K2UPS, Co-Founder, Long Island CW Club

Bill Siegel, W2IIT, Student

Walter Paluch, KA2CAQ, Student

Ishan Kumaraswami, AC2MX, Student

A big thank you to David Henderson and Hendersound Music for giving me permission to use ‘Dusk Street’.

Funk to Blame by Martijn de Boer (c) copyright 2018 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/NiGiD/58126 Ft: unreal_dm

The Drilling Begins by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/JeffSpeed68/56269 Ft: Javolenus


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