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K3NRX
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« on: May 06, 2013, 04:12:27 PM »

WTF! (Why That's Funny).....Can someone please explain the evolution of this term?.....I am under the impression that it is to mean "a phoney, illigitimate, and/or bogus operator/operation" or a Pirate pehaps???....If that is indeed the case, shouldn't the term be "SLIME" as in SLIME-Ball?Huh....Forgive me, but I thought Slim was some old dude who used to annoyingly yodel about a girl named Rosemarie?Huh......Or was a pack of cigarettes from Virginia......Please someone clear this up....

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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2013, 04:17:53 PM »

GOOGLE is your friend:

Origin Of Slim From Dave VE2ZP

The origin of the term SLIM is, I believe, as follows: On a date I cannot recall in the mid-1960s, an operator showed up on 20m CW, identifying himself as 8X8A, claiming he was located on "Cray Island," an island that had just emerged from the ocean floor following a major undersea volcanic event. The operator said his name was "Slim." Huge pileups endured for a few days, then "Slim" was exposed as a pirate and he disappeared from the bands. Ever since, Pirates have been called "Slim." What made "Slim's" claim even partly credible in the first place was the emergence of Surtsey, an island near Iceland in (I think) 1964. Surtsey rose from the floor of the Atlantic as a result of undersea volcanic activity. It was a major news event at the time. I never heard any of this at the time as I was four years old and not yet a ham. I read the reports in QSTs and 73 Magazine of the time.

 Dave VE2ZP


Now, quit picking on Slim Whitman!!
73, Gene AF3Y
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2013, 04:22:36 PM »

LOL....I see you are president of the International Slim Whitman Fan Club, eh Geno???..... Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin......Too funny.....and a great story, indeed....but in my 26 years of being a DXer, I had never heard the term until hanging out here on E-ham....Great stuff....

YO-DEL-AAAAAAY-HEEEEEEEEE---HOOOOOOO!!!!!.....
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2013, 10:18:54 AM »

YO-DEL-AAAAAAY-HEEEEEEEEE---HOOOOOOO!!!!!.....

And as those poor martians in "Mars Attacks", I think my head is going to explode! <SPLAT!>  Grin

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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2013, 11:03:32 AM »

 I am proud to say that I actually worked the original Slim at 8X8AA in 1968. Any activity since then is, well, a "Slim".

 This island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (according to Slim at the time) is truly difficult to get to and appears on very few maps, thus the lack of activity in recent years.

 8X8AA always QSLd 100% via the North Korean bureau.
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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2013, 01:43:34 PM »

We should create an award, "Worked All Slims.."  Angry Roll Eyes Tongue Cry Grin 

73, -WX2S
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2013, 01:57:51 PM »

I'm sure Slim has been to most every entity on the DXCC list so that also makes him one of the biggest DX'peditioners in history. That guy gets around Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2013, 02:24:39 PM »

Interesting story, luckily that would be pretty much be impossible to pull off today.  You might be able to do it with a semi rare one but other than that you would get caught in the web of modern technology.

1) No really rare entity is activated without enormous hoopla and tools like clublog etc.

2) QRZ offers a layer of protection

3) People comment on the cluster and forums if something seems wrong.

Back in the Day it must have been fun  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2013, 02:44:24 PM »

Not necessarily so.

I worked a SLIM at the same time VU4PB was active on Andaman & Nicobar
Islands. Problem was, IT WAS SOMEONE ELSE IDing AS VU4PB.
That particular DXPedition was widely publicized.
That was back on March 25, 2011 on 20m CW.

in addition

I worked a station IDing as SV2ASP/A from Mt Athos.
Problem was, it was NOT Monk Apollo.
That was on 15m rtty Sept 30, 2011.
Monk Apollo had been spotted a bunch of times both BEFORE
the SLIM and AFTER the SLIM on 15m rtty.
Monk Apollo is the ONLY operator on Mt Athos and is difficult to snag.
He appears from time to time, sometimes months in between appearances.
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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2013, 08:46:23 PM »

Not necessarily so.

I worked a SLIM at the same time VU4PB was active on Andaman & Nicobar
Islands. Problem was, IT WAS SOMEONE ELSE IDing AS VU4PB.
That particular DXPedition was widely publicized.
That was back on March 25, 2011 on 20m CW.

in addition

I worked a station IDing as SV2ASP/A from Mt Athos.
Problem was, it was NOT Monk Apollo.
That was on 15m rtty Sept 30, 2011.
Monk Apollo had been spotted a bunch of times both BEFORE
the SLIM and AFTER the SLIM on 15m rtty.
Monk Apollo is the ONLY operator on Mt Athos and is difficult to snag.
He appears from time to time, sometimes months in between appearances.


Thats true, I was not thinking about an impostor who uses the same call of a real DXpedition.  Technology would only help if they tried to pull a rare activation out of thin air Grin
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« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2013, 03:15:11 AM »

Vince is a hell of a good drummer
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