Mentoring……….who me!!!!!

To my surprise I have been asked to be a mentor to someone who wants to get their ticket. My wife works with the public and she was chatting with this gentlemen and they were sharing info about their hobbies. It came to light that he was interested in getting his ham license. Julie told him I would be more than happy to help him on his journey.  At first I was excited....not that I am not now but it's been over 20 years since I received my license and things sure have changed from then. I want to sit down with this individual and see what it is they
are looking for in ham radio....strictly VHF/UHF, upgrade to HF and are they interested in code? The meeting to find all this out will be this weekend over coffee. In the mean time I have been on the Internet looking up what is now involved for one getting their Amateur radio license here in Canada! I found out that it sure has changed and in a very good way. It seems to me at first glance anyway that the study materials  exhibit a more practical aspect of the hobby. Sure the regulations are still a part of the exam but there is more on antennas, propagation and even setting up a station. I can see for me this is going to be a learning experience as well. I will have the opportunity to brush up on my theory and who knows learn some new "stuff" about antennas, feed lines, radio equipment, the regulations and the theory! Wish me luck..........
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

5 Responses to “Mentoring……….who me!!!!!”

  • Cliff Fox KU4GW:

    Good luck Mike and thanks for taking time out of your schedule to introduce this gentleman to what I think is the greatest hobby on Earth! Very 73!

  • Charlie kc9tsb:

    Mike I wish you the best as you share the love of the hobby we both so love so dearly. I am taking my Gen and Extra exams here in 2 wks then off to find a good Elmer to teach more in the psk31 ect area

    God speed Mike


    Chaplain Charlie Meads ( KC9TSB )

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Cliff, thanks for the well wishes and yes it sure is the best hobby!

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Top of the ecening to you Charlie, best of luck on the exams and make sure you email me with the results. If there is any way I can help please feel free to contact me.

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    That should read ” top of the evening”…..should proof before I post!

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