A mentor is someone who provides guidance and assistance to one who is less knowledgeable or experienced in a particular subject matter. In ham radio circles, a mentor has become commonly referred to as an “Elmer”. PCARS has many members, some with years of experience, and also deep understanding of various aspects of amateur radio.
Whether you are a new ham, or are just beginning the journey to getting your license, there are PCARS members who can help you. Listed below is a number of PCARS members who have volunteered to answer questions and help new hams with different aspects of amateur radio. If a particular volunteer is unable to provide the best assistance, they can help you find the right “Elmer” for your needs.
Some of the available PCARS mentors are listed below in no particular order, along with their specialties. All PCARS mentors are knowledgeable in basic amateur radio, and operating procedures:
|Technical, Repeaters||Don Winn – AF4Z|
|Antennas, Go Kits||Eric Smitt – K9ES|
|VHF/UHF Antennas||Phillip Tso – W7TSO|
|Contesting, FT8/FT4, Repeaters||Walter Aucoin, Jr – K5LD|
|Operating||Bob Creswick – NB4C|
|CW, DX, Contesting, Antennas||Dan Gravereaux – N1ZZ|
|Preparation, Classes, Exams||Gary Liljegren – W4GAL|
|Antennas, Technical||Vince Weal – K4JC|
|Emergency, Weather||Rodger Boogren – AK4MI|
|Digital, Fusion, DMR, Software||Donald Purnhagen – K4ILG|