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A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas

from 1996 by Gary Pearce KN4AQ on December 24, 2008
Website: http://www.jokesnstuff.us/pages/xmas/ham_radio_night_before_xmas.htm
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T'was the night before Christmas,
And all through two-meters,
Not a signal was keying up
Any repeaters.

The antennas reached up
From the tower, quite high,
To catch the weak signals
That bounced from the sky.

The children, Tech-Pluses,
Took their HTs to bed,
And dreamed of the day
They'd be Extras, instead.

Mom put on her headphones,
I plugged in the key,
And we tuned 40 meters
For that rare ZK3.

When the meter was pegged
by a signal with power.
It smoked a small diode,
and, I swear, shook the tower.

Mom yanked off her phones,
And with all she could muster
Logged a spot of the signal
On the DX Packet Cluster,

While I ran to the window
And peered up at the sky,
To see what could generate
RF that high.

It was way in the distance,
But the moon made it gleam -
A flying sleigh, with an
Eight element beam,

And a little old driver
who looked slightly mean.
So I though for a moment,
That it might be Wayne Green.

But no, it was Santa
The Santa of Hams.
On a mission, this Christmas
To clean up the bands.

He circled the tower,
Then stopped in his track,
And he slid down the coax
Right into the shack.

While Mom and I hid
Behind stacks of CQ,
This Santa of hamming
Knew just what to do.

He cleared off the shack desk
Of paper and parts,
And filled out all my late QSLs
For a start.

He ran copper braid,
Took a steel rod and pounded
It into the earth, till
The station was grounded.

He tightened loose fittings,
Re-soldered connections,
Cranked down modulation,
Installed lightning protection.

He neutralized tubes
In my linear amp...

(Never worked right before --
Now it works like a champ).

A new, low-pass filter
Cleaned up the TV,
He corrected the settings
In my TNC.

He repaired the computer
That would not compute,
And he backed up the hard drive
And got it to boot.

Then, he reached really deep
In the bag that he brought,
And he pulled out a big box,
"A new rig?" I thought!

"A new Kenwood? An Icom?
A Yaesu, for me?!"
(If he thought I'd been bad
it might be QRP!)

Yes! The Ultimate Station!
How could I deserve this?
Could it be all those hours
that I worked Public Service?

He hooked it all up
And in record time, quickly
Worked 100 countries,
All down on 160.

I should have been happy,
It was my call he sent,
But the cards and the postage
Will cost two month's rent!

He made final adjustments,
And left a card by the key:
"To Gary, from Santa Claus.
Seventy-Three."

Then he grabbed his HT,
Looked me straight in the eye,
Punched a code on the pad,
And was gone - no good bye.

I ran back to the station,
And the pile-up was big,
But a card from St. Nick
Would be worth my new rig.

Oh, too late, for his final
came over the air.
It was copied all over.
It was heard everywhere.

The Ham's Santa exclaimed
What a ham might expect,
"Merry Christmas to all,
And to all, good DX."

1996 Gary Pearce KN4AQ
Permission granted for any print or electronic reproduction.

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A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by VK3DWZ on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
A very Merry Christmas, and a very happy 2009, to Amateurs in all countries, from sunny Australia. May Santa fill your stockings with all the electronic goodies you wished for.

73,

Terry - VK3DWZ.
 
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by G3LBS on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Greenwiresleeves
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by N1OU on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Thanks for the fun, Gary.

Peace . . . Happiness . . . Prosperity to all

73

Gordon
N1OU
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by WV4L on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Thanks for the delightful posting.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Hope everybody gets KEWL Radio stuff from Santa!

73

Wayne C.
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by W4LWZ on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Merry Christmas to all.

Peace, happiness, prosperity, and good health to everybody.
 
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by VE3FMC on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL & A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

I just got back in the shack after blowing out 5 inches of wet snow from the driveway. Add another 4 inches at the end of the driveway compliments of the snow plow.
HO HO HO


Drive safe if you are out and about. There's crazy people out there! :)
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by KB2DHG on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
A very Happy Holiday season to ALl my Amateur Radio ferternity. PEACE ON EARTH good cheer to all... Propergate good wishes through the wonders of wireless. GODE BLESS US ALL!

73 DE; Lou, KB2DHG - - ... ... - -
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by KG4TKC on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Thanks for the great poem,73 es GL es Merry Christmas to every ham all over the world!!
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by WD5CCW on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year.
73
Mike, WD5CCW
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by N2EY on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!

73 de Jim, N2EY
 
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by G3LBS on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
All I want for Christmas is my two front ends.
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by W4WSW on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
This is the Best Article Ever....

Happy Christmas To All & Happy New Year....
My Best Wishes to the "Ham Radio" community..

73's de W4WSW
LUIS...
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by N3OS on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Enjoyed this so much!

Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas to all. Hope Santa brings EVERYONE the goodies they've been wishing for.

73 de N3OS - Gary
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by K3LUE on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
I remember a Christmas Eve in 1959 when I was surprised with a brand new National NC-60 receiver that got my ham career, licensed the following May, started. Still going strong after all these years. The following year, it was a Knight VFO kit after getting my Gen ticket. Wonderful memories of a short wave Santa. Thanks to W3QDJ and W3ESV, my deceases Elmers and my parents.
Best 73 and Happy Holidays to all around the world.
Ron K3LUE
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by K1CJS on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Thanks for the delightful whimsy!

Merry Christmas to all, and a Happy New Year!
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by WB9UYK on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
What a great poem. This was read at the GARS (Gainesville Amateur Radio Society) Annual Holiday Dinner by a longtime member. Lots of laughter and appreciation. It's great to be a Ham. Best wishes for the Season from Gainesville, Florida. 73, David - WB9UYK
 
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by N4JTE on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Thank you so much, appreciate the well written and fun article for the season.
Merry Chrismas to all the Eham contributers and Elmers.
Bob
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by WU1Z on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
This was really nice. Merry Christmas to hams everywhere. Peace on earth, good will to all.
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by K7JJP on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Nicely done....Merry Christmas and a happy 2009 to all!
 
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by AC7CW on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
What a delightful poem, thank you!!

Merry Christmas world!
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by N6HPO on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Well Done, Gary!

A Very Happy and Healthful Holiday Season and 2009 To Us All!

A very special blessing to all of our wonderful men and women in uniform this holiday season, wherever they are! Think about them as you enjoy this wonderful and joyous season with your families.

To all hams everywhere...may all of your DX be "40 over" in 2009!

Alan
 
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by KC3L on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Delightful post and a merry Christmas to all.

73's
Lee
 
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by N6AJR on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Merry Christmas to all, now go put up a fan dipole and work some Santa DX
 
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by N6AJR on December 24, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Merry Christmas to all, now go put up a fan dipole and work some Santa DX
 
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by G3LBS on December 25, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
May your Christmas dinner not go into feedback today
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by WJ2L on December 25, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
WELL DONE!
 
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by N0UY on December 25, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
tnx for the post Gary. You made me chuckle several times. I was blessed this year with new ham friends and a brand new K1EL kit to assemble. Got to Love this Hobby.

God Bless,

Ray
 
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by NV2A on December 25, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Well done and nice of you to share it with any who care to copy it.

Merry Christmas to all!
 
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by G3LBS on December 25, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Do you hear what I hear?
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by N9FME on December 25, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
OUTSTANDING!! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!

Greg
 
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by K6JPA on December 25, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Delightful Poem. Happy Holidays to all!
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by KE4ZHN on December 25, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my fellow hams!
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by VE3BZX on December 25, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Merry Christmas to hams everywhere and i hope to hear you on the air this year,ham radio sure is a wonderful hobby.
 
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by AB5ZJ on December 25, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
This poem brought a huge smile to my face, and created a little more happiness in my shack this Christmas day. Well done!

Merry Christmas To all Hams everywhere.

Tom - AB5ZJ
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by N5RLR on December 25, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
May everyone have a safe and happy holiday, now thru the coming year.

If traveling, please be careful. ;)
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by LU1YNE on December 25, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Excellent!
 
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by K7UTA on December 25, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
XYL and I are in Utah visiting her family this holiday season.
So far, we have had snow two of the four days we have been here and more is on the way.
We are definitly traveling easy.
Happy Hoiday Greetings to Everyone.
 
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by KK2DOG on December 25, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Nicely done Gary.
Merry Christmas to you and the family.

Mike KK2DOG
www.hamwave.com
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by VU2YK on December 26, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Merry Christmas Gary, and a Happy New Year

Just seen you "home production" on Dayton Hamvention.

And I do keep coming back, this time in Washington/DC. Though miss Raleigh.

73

VU2YK/W3

 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by KB0TXC on December 26, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Nice!

The part about Wayne Green made me smile...Poor Wayne... lets not be too hard on him...he is the person that got me stated in Ham radio many years ago.

Best and 73

Joe KB0TXC
 
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by KB1IAI on December 27, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
very nice poem.
merry christmas and
happy new year to all.
73 paul kb1iai
 
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by G3LBS on December 27, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
So it's on to Auld Lang Sinewave is it?
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by KB0TXC on December 28, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
As posted before, I love this poem.

Now what the thread <really> needs is ten posts of <at least> 2000 words from both AF6AY and N2EY, then have at least two snipings (at eachother) from Plankeye and K1CJS...

Only then, will this be a *real* thread to be proud of.

73 to all and to all 73!

Joe KB0TXC

P.S. Before flaming me, this was posted in jest...no insult intended. And really, this 45 YO ham gets a great deal of intertainment from this website, and reading the above mentioned folks...

Happy New Year
 
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by W6FG on January 1, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
WoW, what a classic! It brought a tear (OK, a few tears) to my eye. Only a ham could appreciate that wonderful poem, thanks so much! And a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

73,

W6FG
 
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas  
by AA5WG on January 4, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Fantastic!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Chuck - AA5WG
 
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