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A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas

Created by Gary Pearce, KN4AQ on 2015-12-24

A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas

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.

K0AST2015-12-25
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas
Merry Christmas all!
Reply to a comment by : KB6QXM on 2015-12-25

JohnZ, Yes I agree. I never have or never will have a ARRL membership. Definitely a quantity over quality situation. I understand as a business decision, that the ARRL had to lobby for lower license standards, as there was a culture shift of instant gratification from some of the Gen-X population and most of the millennial population. The baby boomers and the silent generation believed in hard work and therefore did not mind the hard work it took to obtain an amateur radio license. People used to look up to amateur radio as if you knew something. Now all you get is "people still do that?" Some of the Gen X generation and almost all of the Millennial generation did not want to deal with learning code, learning involved electronic theory and putting up an antenna and spending a lot of money for radio gear. They got onto their computer, their cell phones, their social media and that is today's equivalent of amateur radio. I also make my living with technology, as my career is in the Silicon valley. Look at the hams that carry their entire station on their belt. Listen to 80 meters and the cussing, no ID's. This we have to thank for the dummy down of amateur radio (Quality versus quantity). I fully understand the reasoning behind the ARRL doing this. Strictly survival on their part. I get that. Do I like what has happened to amateur radio? No, but I have to live with it. The same with the ARRL pushing all of this "radio sport". I would not mind if they set up the rules where the "radio sport" would only be in one portion of any given band. If a ham wanted to chase DX or an old fashioned rag chew, they could do it without some rude contester telling me that it "their frequency" and that they are in GRID blah blah blah and that I am 5/9 QRZ. JohnZ, I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a safe and enjoyable New Year. 73 OM
Reply to a comment by : JOHNZ on 2015-12-25

@KB6QXM I prefer to call it the beginning of the dumbing down of amateur radio or the quest for quantity versus quality, courtesy of the Newington Yankees. 10-4? When they wish me Happy Holidays, I always ask them which one they are celebrating, which usually results in a blank stare.
KB6QXM2015-12-25
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas
JohnZ,

Yes I agree. I never have or never will have a ARRL membership. Definitely a quantity over quality situation. I understand as a business decision, that the ARRL had to lobby for lower license standards, as there was a culture shift of instant gratification from some of the Gen-X population and most of the millennial population. The baby boomers and the silent generation believed in hard work and therefore did not mind the hard work it took to obtain an amateur radio license. People used to look up to amateur radio as if you knew something. Now all you get is "people still do that?"

Some of the Gen X generation and almost all of the Millennial generation did not want to deal with learning code, learning involved electronic theory and putting up an antenna and spending a lot of money for radio gear. They got onto their computer, their cell phones, their social media and that is today's equivalent of amateur radio.

I also make my living with technology, as my career is in the Silicon valley.

Look at the hams that carry their entire station on their belt. Listen to 80 meters and the cussing, no ID's. This we have to thank for the dummy down of amateur radio (Quality versus quantity).

I fully understand the reasoning behind the ARRL doing this. Strictly survival on their part. I get that. Do I like what has happened to amateur radio? No, but I have to live with it. The same with the ARRL pushing all of this "radio sport". I would not mind if they set up the rules where the "radio sport" would only be in one portion of any given band. If a ham wanted to chase DX or an old fashioned rag chew, they could do it without some rude contester telling me that it "their frequency" and that they are in GRID blah blah blah and that I am 5/9 QRZ.

JohnZ, I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a safe and enjoyable New Year. 73 OM

Reply to a comment by : JOHNZ on 2015-12-25

@KB6QXM I prefer to call it the beginning of the dumbing down of amateur radio or the quest for quantity versus quality, courtesy of the Newington Yankees. 10-4? When they wish me Happy Holidays, I always ask them which one they are celebrating, which usually results in a blank stare.
JOHNZ2015-12-25
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas
@KB6QXM

I prefer to call it the beginning of the dumbing down of amateur radio or the quest for quantity versus quality, courtesy of the Newington Yankees. 10-4?

When they wish me Happy Holidays, I always ask them which one they are celebrating, which usually results in a blank stare.
K6AER2015-12-25
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas
Nice poem. Unfortunately the first paragraph is true the other 364 days of the year.

Many years ago, before cell phones, we would set up a ham Santa and hams would have neighbor kids over to the shack to talk to Santa. Of course the parents would call with info on the kids. This was great fun. Can you imagine trying to do that with todays tech savvy kids.
Reply to a comment by : KB6QXM on 2015-12-25

The posting is a bit dated. Tech Pluses? I remember when they came out with that class of license. It was part of the no-code technician class, the beginning of the dilution of the amateur radio testing. The Merry Christmas greeting might upset the "inclusion crowd" that only say "Happy Holidays" 73 and Merry Christmas!!!!
Reply to a comment by : K8QV on 2015-12-25

Yes, no doubt literature at it's finest, except maybe for the cheap shot at QRP operators.
Reply to a comment by : AA7LX on 2015-12-24

Wonderful ! Merry Christmas to all !
KB6QXM2015-12-25
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas
The posting is a bit dated. Tech Pluses? I remember when they came out with that class of license. It was part of the no-code technician class, the beginning of the dilution of the amateur radio testing.


The Merry Christmas greeting might upset the "inclusion crowd" that only say "Happy Holidays"

73 and Merry Christmas!!!!
Reply to a comment by : K8QV on 2015-12-25

Yes, no doubt literature at it's finest, except maybe for the cheap shot at QRP operators.
Reply to a comment by : AA7LX on 2015-12-24

Wonderful ! Merry Christmas to all !
K8QV2015-12-25
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas
Yes, no doubt literature at it's finest, except maybe for the cheap shot at QRP operators.
Reply to a comment by : AA7LX on 2015-12-24

Wonderful ! Merry Christmas to all !
AA7LX2015-12-24
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas
Wonderful ! Merry Christmas to all !
K8AXW2015-12-24
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas
Very good! Very talented.
WB2QIG2015-12-24
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas
Check out the YouTube version of this
WB2QIG2015-12-24
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas
Please check out the YouTube version of this. Quite good.
JOHNZ2015-12-24
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas
Wanye Green was one of a kind.

I completely agreed with his view of the ARRL, a completely useless politicized organization, dedicated to filling their coffers from gullible hams.

Met Wayne in the early 1960s. Bunch of us kids were operating portable on Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire, back in the days of A3E mode VHF. We blew a vibrator in the 6m rig. Hooked up with Wayne on 2m, and he said come on down to Peterborough, and he would fix us right up. A real stand up guy, he gave us a spare vibraor and refused any money for it.

W8WZ2015-12-24
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas
Great Christmas poem. I miss Wayne Green and 73
KH6JRM2015-12-24
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas
Great adaptation of the famous Clement Moore poem about St. Nicholas. I got a warm chuckle out of this. Good stuff. Happy Holidays to all! Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).
K6SBA2015-12-24
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas
This is my favorite version yet.

Hey Gary, for all you do for ham radio, you are sort of a Santa yourself!

Tnx, 73 es Merry Xmas,
de K6SBA
David in Santa Barbara
SWMAN2015-12-24
RE: A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas
That's Cute ! Merry Christmas to you and family !
Reply to a comment by : WG7D on 2015-12-24

That is great! Merry Christmas! From Mike WG7D
WG7D2015-12-24
A Ham Radio Operator's Night Before Christmas
That is great!
Merry Christmas!
From Mike WG7D