Something happened at Saturday’s HamCram that is still bugging me.
A recent HamCram Technician was there to upgrade to General. Brought his young son to try for his Technician. Both passed — along with all 13 other attendees.
After the testing was complete, the father told me he had attended a meeting of the ham club in the small community where he lives. When the good ‘ol boys found out he was a HamCram grad, he got a cold shoulder.
“I’m sure not going to expose my son to people like that,” he told me.
I am tempted to send a Certificate of Disachievement to the club. A way of saying “thanks” for chasing off new hams.
It is sad that there exists a sizable minority of hams that are stuck in whatever decade they first got their licenses. Change is bad and to be avoided at all cost.
Now, I really could care less how people feel about HamCrams. They work and produce good hams.
I’d hope that people who don’t like HamCrams would offer to train these people rather than shunning them.
Sadly, sometimes it’s too much to hope.