RE: [WestMichiganHams] Feelings about Ham in a Day
I am all for the ham in a day class. I do see your points Mark and do agree with many of them, but I think getting more people in the hobby is a great thing. When I got my license I saw a testing session at the end of the week. So, I started reading the question pools on Tuesday and took the test Friday. Not quite ham in a day, but pretty close. Yeah, I did not retain most of that information, but now that I am licensed I have learned what I need to know. I don’t need to know the frequency ranges of 6 meters etc when I only ever use 2 meters. All of the local hams have always been great helping newcomers out from what I have heard, and from my own experiences. That is part of what makes this hobby great! There are many of us out there that can read manuals all day and not comprehend anything. Give us some hands on time and we will learn it really quick. I am looking forward to getting some new faces into the hobby and getting some more check-ins and spotters in the field.
Newaygo County Skywarn Coordinator
From: WestMichiganHams@yahoogroups.com [mailto: WestMichiganHams@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of k8mhz@...
Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 7:57 AM
Subject: [WestMichiganHams] Feelings about Ham in a Day
I am very interested in what other hams feel about the Ham in a Day class.
To me, the class is a 'mill' that imbeds answers to test questions in a persons head just long enough to pass the test, which is given the same day. As a matter of fact, the ad for the class indicates that "short term memory" is required.
How much will the students remember a week or a month after the class?
Is there enough time in a cram class to discuss etiquette, repeater locations, activities, etc? If not, who is supposed to teach this stuff?
Take a look at the new test, a little different from the old, but not much. I ask, if a person knew the answer to every question in the pool and little else, they could get a license....if you handed them a radio, could they work it? If they did manage to get on the air, would they know how to talk or would they, perhaps, resort to the ways they learned to talk on other radio services?
I guess time will tell, but soon we will see if the Ham in a Day classes produce assets or burdens to the hobby. My feeling is that many of the students will go on the air not knowing what they are doing and the local hams will attempt to correct them. In various ways. Some of the new licensees will get the wrong impression and think hams are stuffy OFs that don't like newcomers. Others won't ask for advice at all and become Lids in a Day. A few, of course, will become fine hams.
Am I being to critical in thinking that the ratio of the types above stands too good of a chance to skew to the first two possibilities?
How about some chatter about this? What are the positive and negative aspects? The positive, of course, is that it enables people with very busy schedules to take a class. I just touched on a few possible negatives.
Thanks and 73,