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Early April

Eric P. Nichols (KL7AJ) on April 6, 2017
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Eric P. Nichols, KL7AJ


            I don’t know what possessed me to become an O.O. for the second time…some thirty-five years after the first time.  No, O.O. does not stand for Office Obie, though at times I did feel like him.  It’s for Official Observer, sometimes affectionately known in our world as a “radio cop.”  It was a thankless task, fraught with danger and despair, but someone had to do it.

            Now, at this juncture, in good cop drama tradition, I’m supposed to say something like, “The names were changed to protect the innocent,” but I won’t, because they were guilty.

            It was a dark and stormy night…no, actually, come to think of it, it was broad daylight in the middle of summer, not too long ago, when I was scanning the bands in search of a potential perpetrator.  It had been a quiet week; nothing more demanding than sending out a few reminders about band edges and identification…and an expired license or two.  I was looking forward to nothing more than a quiet weekend with the XYL.  

            Fate had another idea in mind, however.  As I was about to end my beat that Friday afternoon, making one more pass across the bottom of 40 meters, the signal slapped me upside the head like a wet towel in a junior high locker room.  The kind of signal that showed an O.O. what he’s really made of.  I was reminded of Thomas Paine’s famous words, “These are the times that try men's souls.”

            It was a dreadful signal, vaguely resembling a bludgeoned and senseless corpse of CW.  It was smothered in a horrifying porridge of key clicks, chirp, and raw A.C. hum, all at the same time.   I hadn’t heard the likes of it since the Cold War days.  I found myself both terrified and intrigued.  I was ready for a fight.

            I steeled myself for the confrontation that surely would ensue.  Any man who had the audacity to present such an abominable signal on the air would be capable of anything.  While normally, I would simply fire off a postal missive reminding the miscreant ham of his wayward ways, this…this called for real-time interdiction…a phone call.

            I checked the federal database for the call sign, which despite its horrendous on-air form, was reasonably intelligible….KL7DIL.   It would take all the self-restraint I could muster to not remind him that his call sign was LID spelled backwards.  The poor sap in question was a James Hartley….an ironic name for someone with the most unstable oscillator I’d ever heard.   It was a local call.  I shuddered at the prospect that this ham lived somewhere in my town.

            The call went down like this:


            “Is there a James Hartley there?”


            “Mr. Hartley. This is Eric Nichols, KL7AJ. I am the official observer for this region.  Do you have the amateur radio call sign, KL7LID?”

            “Uh….yes.  Is there a problem?”

            “I believe there is.  I have been monitoring your signal.  It has an utterly unacceptable amount of chirp, key clicks, and A.C. hum, and other minor defects too numerous to count.  I won’t mention your so-called fist.”

            “Oh my.  Are you going to revoke my license?”

            “No, Mr. Hartley.  That’s not my jurisdiction.   I’m just here to warn you that you are being watched.”

            “I’m terribly sorry.  I haven’t been on the air in forty-five years, and I’m a little rusty.   Maybe my rig is a bit rusty too.  I’ll look into it right away.”

            ”That would be wise, Mr. Hartley.  I won’t take any more of your time.  Thank you for your cooperation.”


            I could hear the beads of sweat dripping from the poor sap’s brow as he hung up the receiver.  It was far too easy.  I was expecting much more of a fight.   Something gnawed at the back of my brain as I shut down the rig and headed for the kitchen.  Something just didn’t sit right, and I knew I’d have to figure it out, or it would eat me alive.

            I tossed and turned that night like a mouse at a cat convention.  The XYL evicted me from our love nest to spend seven tormented hours on the living room sofa.  I had to remind myself that I had asked for this job.  Twice.

            The alarm clock rattled me out of my dreamless slumber….or my slumberless dream.  I still don’t know which.  It was seven in the morning.   I slapped the clock into stunned silence and staggered back to darkened shack, driven by an unseen force.  I fired up the receiver and spun the dial to 7.060 MHz…the scene of the previous day’s crime.

            To my bleary amazement, there was KL7DIL in QSO with a ham in Detroit…and his signal was just as clean as a hound’s tooth; his keying as precise as a Chopin etude.  It made no sense.  There was no way our friend Hartley could have cleaned up his act so fast.  I’d had a few boat anchors of my own in my day, and I know they just didn’t come back from the morgue smelling like a petunia.  Hartley was up to something.

            I deduced that there was no choice but to pay a personal surprise visit to the enigmatic Mr. Hartley.  I had to know what his racket was.  At least I had his address.  It was in an ancient downtown section of Fairbanks…a place once known as Sourdough Slough.  I hadn’t been there in years.  For a brief moment, I considered bringing in some backup….but then my senses returned.  This was my battle, and my battle alone.

            It was a tense drive across town; I still had no idea what I’d encounter.  As I neared the Slough, I kept my eyes peeled for a telltale tower.  Not too surprisingly, I came up bupkis.  This crank was keeping a low profile.  I had to rely on the address, 904 3rd Avenue.  It was a shabby little hovel…but so was every other house in the Slough.  I parked across the street from the residence and trained my spy goggles on the sky over Sourdough Slough.  It took but a moment before I spotted the wire running between the chimney and a birch tree in the back yard.  Guilty as charged.

            I put away my spy goggles and exited the old flivver, taking a quick glace behind me as I crossed the road.  All was clear.   I approached the rickety wooden gate guarding the walkway to the front door, I scanned the premises for vicious guard dogs…or neighbors.   There were none.

            I stepped onto the porch and rang the doorbell.  A faint female voice inside said something indecipherable.  A moment later the door opened, and I was greeted by a gray- bearded sourdough-looking feller…appropriate for someone living in Sourdough Slough.

            “Good morning, Mr. Hartley.  I’m Eric Nichols.  We spoke yesterday.”

            “So we did,” said, Mr. Hartley, suspiciously.  “What are you doing here?”

            “As I said yesterday, I’m an Official Observer.  I’m here to observe.”


            “No, actually.  You just got my curiosity glands wobbling a bit.  I’m just a fellow radio amateur.”

            “Ah.  Well, I suppose it’s only right that I show you some ham hospitality.  Would you care to come in and…um…er…observe, Mr. Nichols?”

            “That would make my day, Mr. Hartley,” I said. 

            The mysterious Mr. Hartley led me down some decrepit stairs to the basement, where surely I would be greeted by a room full of boat anchors.  As my eyes adjusted to the near darkness of the dungeon, the mystery deepened.   There was nothing to be seen but a starkly modern radio station, equipped with a half dozen of the most modern-looking computer controlled rigs.

            “Where are all the vintage radios?” I queried. 

            “I have none,” Mr. Hartley said.  “What you see is what you get.   After I got back on the air, I decided to go completely high tech.  Life is too short for….well, too short for much of anything, I suppose.”

            It takes a lot to confuse this old sleuth, but Mr. Hartley had me at a disadvantage.  I couldn’t recall the last time that had happened.

            “How do you explain your horrendous signal yesterday?” I further queried.   “And, even more, how do you account for your astounding improvement this morning?  I was….observing.”

            Mr. Hartley directed me to a well-worn swivel chair at one of the computers.  “Take a seat, Mr. Nichols.”   I complied.  Mr. Hartley proceeded to light up a pipe.  “Mind if I smoke?”

            “No, I don’t.  Go ahead.”

            “Good.  Cuz’ it wouldn’t make any difference, anyway.  This is my house and I smoke when and if I want to.  And I want to.”

            “Fair enough,” I said.

            Mr. Hartley took a few drags on his pipe and exhaled some smoke rings, thoughtfully.

            “The last time I was on the air, it took everything I had to put out a decent signal.  I spent a few decades working on power supply filters and VFO temperature compensation, and keying wave-shaping.  I had achieved perfect T9 signals the hard way…before I went QRT back in 1966.  That’s a whole ‘nother story in itself.  Well, when I finally got back on the air a few months ago…started listening around….I noticed that everyone had perfect T9 signals.  I did some poking around and learnt that the kids these days are all using software defined radios.  They all were putting out perfect T9 signals with no effort at all.   Well, I figured I wasn’t all that decrepit yet, so I came up to speed pretty quick on some of this SDR business.”

            “So I see,” I said.  But I didn’t.

            Mr. Hartley went on.  “So, after I figured out how to make a computer do radio, I started putting out easy T9 signals myself.  But pretty soon I discovered that none of these SDR radios have any character.  They all sound good, but they all sound the same.  And furthermore, it occurred to me that a lot of these whippersnappers have never even heard anything but a T9 signal.  So I decided to fix that.”

            “So you found some old boat anchors and put them on the air?”

            Mr. Hartley laughed.  “No, no no!  I simply reconfiggered these SDR radios to simulate chirp or key clicks or A.C. hum.  It’s a snap to do this with just a few keystrokes!”

            I scrunched up my brow for a moment in disbelief.  “You mean you use SDR technology to intentionally create radio defects that hams have spent decades trying to eliminate?”

            “You got it, Mr. Nichols!  Isn’t technology wonderful?  

Mr. Hartley grabbed a mouse and clicked on a virtual slide potentiometer on one of the displays.

“I can create drift…a little or a lot. 

He clicked on another slider. 

“I can dial in a little A.C. hum….or completely unfiltered half-wave rectification. 

He clicked on another slider. 

“I can make upward chirp or downward chirp.”

He clicked on yet another slider.

“I can make tiny key clicks or I can make big ones.   Or I can do all of them at the same time.  Shucks, I can simulate a full-blown spark transmitter, if you like.”

            “No, I don’t like.  But I’ll take your word for it,” I said.  I heard the horror in my own voice.

            “Would you like to see more?”

            “Uh, no thank you.  I think I’ve seen enough already.”

            “Well, suit yourself.  I think you’re missing out on some great technology.  Never too old to learn.”

            “Thanks but no thanks, Mr. Hartley.  I’d best be on my way,” I said.  I staggered back up the creaky staircase and saw myself out of the house.  As I regained my senses, I realized this was one for the books.  I also realized it was time to resign my second term as O.O.

            As I said, these are the times that try men’s souls.

            Remind me, if someone asks me to be O.O. again, I should respectfully decline.








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Early April  
by N6BIZ on April 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Early April  
by NQ2N on April 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I’ve only been a ham for six years and when I first got my license I jumped right into the digital modes, using information I would find online to assist my setup. I also bought a new rig that had the menus that were not easy to find (or understand). So one day when I was operating on PSK an OO responded to my CQ and explained that my signal was splattering and interfering with other operators. We then entered into an extremely helpful discussion about digital signals and how to improve their quality. His information was similar to an expert Elmer, very polite, friendly, and helpful. The hams in my area had little interest in digital communication so the OO’s intervention was one of the most informative sessions that I have had about the topic. At the end of our contact he thanked ME for my response and said that most of his contacts as an OO have not been as pleasant. Now looking at digital signals on my waterfall I wish that there were more OOs out there.
Early April  
by WA3SKN on April 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Its OK to generate such signals into a dummy load, but its NOT OK to put them on the air!

RE: Early April  
by K9MHZ on April 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
"Mr. Hartley"

That's funny, Eric!
Early April  
by KE8G on April 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I got a reminder from an O.O. about 35 years ago, regarding me being a little over on the band edge. Well, let me tell you I was in a panic!! It can in a white envelope but was written on PINK paper... we all know what PINK paper means!

Any way, being a relative newbie on the ham bands, I didn't know what to do. Fortunately, my Elmer (K4FU - Uncle Hank) was only a phone call away. He told me not to worry... respond to the O.O. with a letter apologizing and telling him you will be more careful in the future.

I thanked the O.O. and I truly believed that little lesson 35 years ago, made me a better Amateur Radio Operator today!

73 de Jim - KE8G
Early April  
by W4CX on April 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Great story, Eric! But "Early April" would seem to be fairly close to April 1st! Coincidence? I think not!

Thanks for the chuckle! 73
Early April  
by WA7NDD on April 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
WA7NDD Author and ham since 1960.
First, I have received one 'OO' in the mail, do to a new Tentec radio I had purchased, that was very sensitive to voltage input. It went crazy, I sold it.
Second, I would like to complement you on your writing skills. I think you should look into writing, and check out Amazon Kindle for more information.
I have been writing since my 20's. After retirement I now have seven books on Kindle. I think you have an untapped ability. Good luck!
RE: Early April  
by WB4M on April 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I think we all should be OO's to a certain extent. I tell someone if their signal is overdriven, sounds like crap, etc. If I had an unknown problem I'd appreciate if someone pointed it out to me. Nothing has to be "official" about it. Years ago I did receive an "attaboy" from an OO. I had thought OO's were a thing of the past.
Early April  
by K3CXG on April 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Great story! I hear the "Dragnet" theme playing in the background. And happy April 1st! 73 de K3CXG
Early April  
by AA4LR on April 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Excellent article! Really made me smile.

It certainly would be possible to do all that with a software-defined radio.
Early April  
by WA0ZZG on April 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I guess that makes you an XOO.
RE: Early April  
by SWMAN on April 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I always told them to "MYOB" !!
Early April  
by K9MOV on April 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
To all the O-O's-- thank you for your service.
Early April  
by AA3EJ on April 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
GREAT article!!..I got mine on the second harmonic while operating in 1957 while operating a WRL Globe Chief TX and crystal control!!!!!...Gees does that bring back memories!!..73's Dave, aa3ej
RE: Early April  
by N6JSX on April 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Hmmmm, are you sure this is not a dated April 1st article, as he violated a major OO 'Prime Directive' [to never personally confront any one suspected of violating FCC Rules].
I would have kicked this OO's butt off the program for calling and especially in going to the LIDs home for a confrontation. OO's sends a Postcard Notice and reports to the OOC/ARRL, period. What if this LID would have had a gun?

ARRL HQ now requires all OO actions to be reported to HQ for PR weight before acting. Face it ARRL does not get membership$ from *issed off guilty LIDs.

I was the LA Sect OOC 86-88 and actual caught the infamous xWB6JAC one New Years eve. Richard was suckered by Arnie with a promise to a New Years party so Arnie supplied xJAC with a 2m HT for a talk-in to the party - but Arnie never got on 2m to talk him in. xJAC entertained himself by raising havoc on 147.435, and behind a Jack-n-the-Box in Rowland Hts I did a drive-by RDF tag of him. Understand xJAC was just released from Fed prison for FCC violations and my car looked much like our local LA FCC Chief ENG scared the crap out of xJAC, the next day xJAC gave his radio to his lawyer hoping to not get a parole violation. Of course we OO's never said nothing except to FCC Chief who laughed til he cried.

The LA SM, Phineas was his call-sign 'Big Fart' - he only wanted HIS OO's to monitor HIS 20m NET and HIS local Valley 145.555 simplex chat. He was a bozo.

LA is the most populous HAM saturated area in the USA. I could not get the ARRL HQ to ask the local FCC to assist the LA OO program in cleaning up the 2m plague. All I needed was a few FCC letters to the super LIDs telling them that if the OO Reports were substantiate the next formal FCC response could be a Notice to give the OO Program teeth. Instead it became a joke.

In the 90's ARRL HQ further hand-tied OOC's in prohibiting any/all direct contact with any FCC person/ENG, local or National. OO's mean well but their actions inhibit ARRL memberships. ARRL HQ is all about $alary $ecurity.

Due to this reevaluation I quit the ARRL never to return - the only thing the ARRL HQ understands is a threat to their $alary. THINK; only ~25% of HAMdom are ARRL member ~75% know better (check their annual QST public disclosure against total USA HAM licenses). The proof is in the pudding.

Kuby, N6JSX/8, MS-EET
past LA Sect OOC
past WI Sect OOC
Early April  
by WA7SGS on April 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I love a funny story and this one most certainly qualifies on the Laff-A-Lott Meter!

RE: Early April  
by K6CRC on April 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Great story, too bad you missed the April 1 posting.

Before there were polite OOs there were band Vigilantes.
I had a friend in college that worked part time for the local cable TV company. Normally worked the afternoon shift handling trouble calls.
A CBer in his beat was using an old Navy transmitter to put out about 500 watts of very dirty AM on the CB band. Cussing and shouting up a storm. FCC didn't seem to have the time to care.
After too many late night call out by angry customers with CBer on their TV signal, he decided a bit of vigilante was in order. Found the house, and put a nail through the coax running to a modified ham beam antenna.
He had dinner sitting in his truck nearby. Suddenly he saw a flash, and heard a string of words that would make a sailor blush.
Of course, us hams are too polite for such antics.
Although, the local clowns on 80 meters got me thinking about that story....
RE: Early April  
by KF4HR on April 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
This story is odd on multiple levels.

So, to summarize. You dutifully identified a poor CW signal and notified the perpetrator. That's great. The perpetrator was polite and courteous, and agreed to clean up his signal. Excellent.

Then later you observe this individual with a clean signal, but you deduce you had no other choice but to pay a personal surprise visit? As I read your article my first thought (to that point) was, didn't it cross you mind this individual may have had more than one radio?

Granted it is odd anyone would purposely generate a poor signal, but spy goggles? Tossing and turning, and loosing sleep? A poor signal is trying your soul? And thinking about taking back-up with you?

According to ARRL, in the case of a single infraction, "The OO completes his/her task once the notification card is sent."

You absolutely did the right thing by resigning as an OO.

RE: Early April  
by N7KFD on April 7, 2017 Mail this to a friend!


It's fiction, not a real story, made up for entertainment purposes only. Nice read, I enjoyed it.

RE: Early April  
by K9MHZ on April 7, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
"by N6JSX on April 6, 2017 Hmmmm, are you sure this is not a dated April 1st article...."

Um, I think he's very sure that's exactly what it is, as are (most of) the rest of us.

RE: Early April  
by KF4HR on April 7, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Hopefully you're right (but on April 6th?). Do we have to deal with April fools 'month' now? In any case, I wasn't sure because {unfortunately) I've known hams that are that overzealous.
RE: Early April  
by K9MHZ on April 7, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
The OP's article title might help.
RE: Early April  
by N4KC on April 7, 2017 Mail this to a friend!

Great to see you with an article on eHam again!

I, too, got an OO notice, way back when I was a Novice. That old Ameco transmitter had two dips...and I was emitting a very nice signal on 7450.

I appreciated the heads-up, just as I would today.

Don N4KC

RE: Early April  
by W3TTT on April 7, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Articles that I submitted to usually take three or four months to be published. I would guess, based on that, that the article was submitted in December. Merry Christmas.
RE: Early April  
by W3TTT on April 7, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Should be "Henry Hartley". That is how I remember the oscillators. Coils are measured in Henrys. The coil is tapped for a Hartley oscillator.

It is no use to remember "capacitor collpits" because it just might as well be "coil collpits". But Henry Hartley is a keeper.
RE: Early April  
by KL7AJ on April 7, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Actually, it was February, but thanks! MX to you too!
RE: Early April  
by N6KP on April 7, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Back in the day (1952) we all were so afraid of the FCC that all we talked about was the weather.
I got an OO report for encroaching on the general portion of 40 meters and it scared me so much that I did not transmit for 2 weeks.

Another time I was running a BBS (you all know what a BBS was don't you) when I got a OO report that I could not permit anything on the BBS but amateur related stuff. I could not find the rule so I let it go on for months.

I think reviving the OO program is good but the real problem is the "free speech" folks on 75 meters. So far the FCC has done little to get rid of the jammers.

Early April  
by K3FHP on April 7, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Hexk, I knew a guy who tried to complete his WAS with OO cards for the ones he ad missed.
Early April  
by K1SMM on April 7, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I was an OO and know that we were never to make personal contact with an offender!
RE: Early April  
by K9MHZ on April 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
>>>by K3FHP Hexk, I knew a guy who tried to complete his WAS with OO cards for the ones he ad missed.<<<

That's funny! Mr. Paul Pierce probably wouldn't get any of those cards.
Early April  
by N2UJN on April 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!

A very, very well written radio mystery suspense! Great detail, good lead in, excellent and interesting happy ending. Thanks for posting.
Early April  
by K1HC on April 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Good fiction writing! I was on the edge of my seat until it was revealed that the bad signal was intentionally created by SDR technology. I did not see that coming. I was hoping for a heartwarming twist - perhaps of how the author helped (or "Elmered") "Mr. Hartley" to get his transmitter back into a T9 signal. Lastly, a very belated thanks to the author for being my first Alaska contact decades ago as a Novice!
RE: Early April  
by KL7AJ on April 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Hey Richard....I see that you were WN1KDL....that sounds strangely familiar! I hope I sent you a QSL card! If not, I can send you a belated one, but you'd have to give me the particulars....I'd have to go back through tens of thousands of entries....HI!

RE: Early April  
by K1HC on April 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Thanks, Eric! No worries! Your QSL is still in my collection.
Early April  
by KC5JPZ on April 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Being an Official Observer should not mean that you are in an adversarial role. An OO should be more of an "Elmer".
Early April  
by K9CTB on April 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
There's a place for OOs I suppose. Some hams don't have access to transmit signal quality monitoring gear and could use the help. But this "If I was an FCC official, you'd have been cited" stuff is for the birds. When you look at the crap (bad language) they've turned 75 meter phone, 20 meter phone and probably a little on all the bands in between into .... a couple of key clicks is almost laughable. We don't want FCC enforcement because if you go begging for help from "government", you're gonna be sorry ... so what's the fix? I have no idea. I just thought our hobby/service might be better at self-policing than it is. And that's a shame.

RE: Early April  
by K9MHZ on April 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
>>>>by K9CTB on April 9, 2017 ....But this "If I was an FCC official, you'd have been cited" stuff is for the birds.<<<<

Is that what they actually do?
Early April  
by AD5TD on April 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Dude, you take your "job" WAY too seriously.....
RE: Early April  
by KB3LIX on April 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!

You do have a way with words.
Well done.

RE: Early April  
by K9MHZ on April 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
He's got several books in print, but his latest one about digital oscilloscopes for the radio amateur for some reason is only in Kindle version, as the League is slow rolling him on this one.

If you guys enjoy his works, I'd suggest getting with the League and tell them you want his o'scope book in print.

Early April  
by K8QV on April 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Gotta love those OOs. Who doesn't enjoy a good Barney Fife story?
Early April  
by K9CTB on April 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
@K9MHZ Yessir - I've actually seen the pink post card. For clarity, not addressed to my station however. :)

RE: Early April  
by AD5TD on April 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Got one right after I got my General, in 2005 I think, but it was Flowers for my operating technique.
Early April  
by N9AVY on April 11, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
You just violated cardinal rule of being an OO.... no phone calls, just a notice by mail.
Early April  
by KB2HSH on April 13, 2017 Mail this to a friend!

Early April  
by PITSWL on April 14, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
You're not, by chance, the OO who gave KC8KTN his card for IDing at eleven minutes instead of ten?
Early April  
by WO4V on April 15, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
'Tis a humorless crew... Arrrr!
RE: Early April  
by KL7AJ on April 16, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
If you think THIS is a humorless crew, you should see the response I got back when I wrote that QST article on the 2-meter Q-pole antenna. :)

RE: Early April  
by KC8YXA on April 19, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Where are all the OO's now in LA the 147.435 is a sewer and needs to be removed from the air.
RE: Early April  
by KB2HSH on April 19, 2017 Mail this to a friend!

Not humorless...this was stupid.

Sorry, not sorry.

Early April  
by KI8JD on April 26, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I haven't been on a radio-related website in a long time, but the KL7AJ callsign caught my eye. I can usually understand Eric's articles, but this one has me wondering. I now believe it to be at least partly fiction. I Googled Sourdough Slough, no luck. I see that there is a 904 3rd Avenue in Fairbanks, and also in nearby North Pole, but no luck beyond that. And why the single mention of the faint female voice? How does that connect with the rest of the story? Hmmm.
Jim ki8jd
Early April  
by KU5Q on April 30, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
After working in Fairbanks half a year, I understand why you are braindead.

For such a supposedly smart guy, you post some ignorant $h ite.

Early April  
by WJ2L on May 7, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Good to hear about the life of an OO. Yes it was funny. What ever made Hartley decide go on the air with that. Regardless, send him over to the psych hospital where I work and we can put some voltage
on his forhead. That should straighten up his behavior. After that, the only chirp he will want to hear will come from our fine feathered friends in the
Early April  
by KD4KO on May 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
In 1979, I received a card telling me that I was transmitting on two frequencies. At the time I was using an Heath-kit VFO.
Sure enough, it was putting out on two frequencies. I corrected this by making a gimmick capacitor (two short lengths of hook-up wire, twisted together) and connected to the oscillator tube.
Worked like a charm!
Early April  
by K7EXJ on May 19, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
This summer will mark 60 years as K7EXJ. I am 99% CW and I, too, have noticed how many CW signals are boring. I've even longed to hear a chirpy signal, or even a ham using a bug with an expert "swing" to it.

I may have to move to Alaska....
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