Does your club help new hams?

Take this test:

The first time a new Ham comes to your club meeting, do you:
A> Offer them help and guidance, ask what kind of help they need, or
B> Ask for money, so they can join your club

If someone passes the Technician test at a test session provided by your club, do you:
A> Offer them help and guidance, ask what kind of help they need, or
B> Ask for money, so they can join your club

If someone with an obviously new call sign reaches out on vhf/uhf as monitoring, do you:
A> QSO with them, to give them practice, make them more comfortable and show how friendly Hams are, or
B> “Screw ’em, I don’t want to talk with some newby I don’t know.”

If you hear someone new who’s obviously nervous, do you:
A> Chalk it up as part of their learning process, or
B> Look up their address so you can send an anonymous postcard, telling them to stay off the air until they know what they’re doing. (I wish this was a joke.)

If a new Ham mentions that their first radio is one of the inexpensive “off” brands, do you:
A> Gently say that it’s a good “starter” radio, implying that later they’ll likely determine on their own that they’ll need a better one, or
B> Tell them that it’s junk, implying or even stating aloud that they’re stupid for buying it.

Someone mentions that their new Tech license was just issued by the FCC and they have a radio now, but are lost, do you:
A> Help them get up to speed with the local voice frequencies per the band plan, help them get set up for the local repeaters and introduce them to the local nets, or
B> Insist that the first thing they do is to learn how to program their radio without using the manual or software, and dig in your heals when someone says anything contradictory. Then ask them for money to join your club.

Do you:
A> Provide helpful information to new Hams to get them up and running and make them feel welcome, or
B> Do everything in your power to resist it and try to stop others from providing helpful information and guidance.

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