Welcoming (Or not Welcoming) New Hams

I went to FD this weekend and didn’t know anyone there and they didn’t accept me so I started helping and made new friends!
Whaddya know!?

Maybe when you go to a new ham club and you think that people are snobs, maybe it isn’t them. Maybe they just need a little time to get to know you and find out that you are a great person.

I have seen this many times when someone comes to a club and think that they are being mistreated or not accepted. Get over yourself and get into the spirit of the club and make a friend or two.

Don’t worry about the one, two, or few that seem to run the show, just enjoy the people who want to advance the service and who share your interests.

Help others if you can and when you ask an older ham a question, make sure that is isn’t something that you (obviously) should already know. There are myriad places on the internet to find the answers to just about anything.

Be sure to always show respect to people who you ask for help and remember that it is you who is asking. Only a fool starts on a journey and mocks and criticizes the one who has successfully been on the same journey for a long time.

2 comments for “Welcoming (Or not Welcoming) New Hams

  1. Bernard
    June 25, 2019 at 11:24 am

    I have been there years ago. Went to a club gathering and nobody ask me anything. Not my name, callsign or history. I was just a guy visiting and I felt I had to stay in the background. Not a big deal but it left me the lifetime feeling that there are some snobs in the hams community. I think some hams don’t want to bothered teaching a new hams the ropes. Now when I see a new ham I will be the first to greet him/her so they will not have the bad experience I had.

  2. Bill, VE1YY
    June 25, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Great outlook, action, and advice for the individual approaching a club for the first time and for the club.

    Once as president of a club executive, we arranged that one of the execs would be the spotter at the door to find and welcome new comers. That move worked for the (now) new member and the club!

    Thanks for sharing your observation

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