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A Christmas QSO

Jeff Louden (K7ZSA) on December 16, 2013
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'Twas the night before Christmas and outside the Ham Shack, the snow was falling from a sky blacker than black.

Inside the shack the wood stove was burning, heating the knobs I soon would be turning.

I stepped inside and shook off the snow, outside I could hear the wind starting to blow.

A Christmas Eve QSO on Top Band was the plan, be it CW, AM or single side Band.

The signals were hot, like the log on the fire, I was ever so glad for my end-fed long wire.

I worked stations far, and I worked stations near, but the last station I worked was interestingly queer.

He said he was mobile, and I thought there's no way, But he insisted he was, and that he was driving a sleigh.

His signal was weak, as mobiles can be, Sometimes fading well below an S-3.

I decided to play his game for a while, if nothing else, 'twas good for a smile.

He said he was lost and could I please lend a hand, as I was the only signal he heard on top band.

He asked for a signal to use as a beacon, something to use for the place he was seekin'.

I turned on the amp and gave him full power, I chuckled as I warned, "look out for the tower".

I must have dozed off because as I awoke, I recalled that QSO and laughed at the joke.

The signals were gone, the band was now quite dead, Time to retire, and head for my bed.

The snow had stopped falling, the wind had stopped too, But as I gazed at the ground I saw something new.

Sleigh tracks and small hoof prints is what I did see, and on the back porch steps sat a brand new K-3.

Merry Christmas!


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A Christmas QSO  
by K1KP on December 16, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Very Nice! Therer are many TTNBC parodies out there, but yours gave me a tingle of Christmas spirit! Thanks!
A Christmas QSO  
by KB2DHG on December 16, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
A Christmas QSO  
by KD5UVV on December 16, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Very nice, very nice indeed. Merry Christmas to you, this was a great read....
A Christmas Rag Chew  
by AI2IA on December 16, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Christmas time is a good time for all contest participants, of which I am one, to engage in a little seasonal rag chewing. It would help puff up the traffic in some otherwise empty spots on different bands and at different times of day and night. It would spread a little good will among hams, and maybe make you a friend on the air.

So, if you are a busy ham and love contests, try putting a little time into some rag chews here and there just for the spirit of goodwill and happiness.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good rag chew!
A Christmas QSO  
by K1FPV on December 16, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Really nice! Kinda makes ya feel warm inside too. I guess that is normal for this time of year.

Merry Christmas to all, and have a Happy New Year! the way, I've been a ham over 50 years and have yet to QSO with a mobile sleigh! ;-)

Merry Christmas and God Bless All,
A Christmas QSO  
by KB6HZQ on December 16, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Very nice little poem. It gave me a chuckle. Don't forget to listen for that KL7 in the Sleigh. And may he bring all of you that new rig or accessory you have been wishing for.

73 and Merry Christmas to you all!
A Christmas QSO  
by W6EUH on December 16, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Happy Yuletide to everyone!
ˇFelices Fiestas!
73 de XQ6BQ
A Christmas QSO  
by ONAIR on December 17, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Nice! Reminded me of one Christmas years ago that I spent chatting on the radio next to a warm fireplace, just watching those snowflakes drifting down through my window.
A Christmas QSO  
by WA0TTN on December 18, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Very nice! There are so many lame parodies of Night Before Xmas but this one is, as K1KP said, really neat. Very WELL done! Merry Christmas!
A Christmas QSO  
by NM7L on December 18, 2013 Mail this to a friend!

Would you care to read this on the Noon Time Net this Saturday? Great piece!
RE: A Christmas QSO  
by K7ZSA on December 18, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
My gracious thank-you to all who have enjoyed my little Christmas story and took the time to express your pleasure in it. I had a lot of fun writing it and I am very happy that it has brought some joy during the Holiday.
My best 73 to all and of course, Merry Christmas.

Mark, if I'm around on Saturday I'd be honored to read it to the net.
A Christmas QSO  
by KU4UV on December 19, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
A mobile on 160, yeah right.
A Christmas QSO  
by N2OKA on December 19, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
I really enjoyed reading this, very nice. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
A Christmas QSO  
by N4SX on December 19, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Doggone neat story......I enjoyed it a lot. Even called my grandson who is a relatively new ham and read it to him. I had to explain about Top Band etc. Thanks for writing and posting this.
A Christmas QSO  
by KC4IWI on December 21, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Very well done, and thanks for helping Santa! NORAD has nothing on the Ham Community :) MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
RE: A Christmas QSO  
by KB6QXM on December 21, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Thank you for a great ham radio tale. Well I won't be on the air Christmas day with a K3, but I will be on the air with my Flex 5000a. I have to stay home and take care of my blind,diabetic 15-year old labrador retriever. If anyone wants to say hello, I will be on 3865 most of the day. Give me a call.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.

A Christmas QSO  
by K8OCN on December 21, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Here is another one I have saved from years ago

A Ham's Night Before Christmas

(Yet another corruption of Clement Clarke Moore's
classic Christmas tale, this time distorted by
Gary Pearce KN4AQ, Raleigh, NC, December 2, 1996.)

'Twas 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 HT's 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 PacketCluster,

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 thought 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,
Resoldered 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.

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."
A Christmas QSO  
by K8AXW on December 22, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
VERY good poem! Most enjoyable. However, it reflects the way things are this day and age..... leaving a new K3 on the back steps instead of under the tree! :-(

Al - K8AXW
A Christmas QSO  
by RSHIRE22 on December 23, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Only Americans are stupid enough to believe they're 'Saving Money!' when they're spending money.

(Old Christmas saying)
A Christmas QSO  
by VA7ER on December 23, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Thanks Jeff for that Christmas cheer! Wonderful!
A Christmas QSO  
by W5EN on December 30, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Was the station you worked N0EL mobile? :)

73 de W5EN Steve
A Christmas QSO  
by WZ3O on January 1, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Loved it!!!!!
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