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KM4SII
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« on: December 09, 2017, 06:20:28 PM »

After reading a similar thread on QRZ (https://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/what-radio-related-mischievous-deeds-did-you-do-as-a-teenager.591319/), I figured this could make a good thread on here  Grin

Here's the topic: What funny/mischievous things have you done or heard on the radio?

I'll probably think of more, but here is one story that was told to me by a local DXer:



I don't know how long ago this was, but a local ham told me about one of his ham buddies that did the following:

He would have a one-sided "conversation" with a fictitious, rare "DX station." He would make up a fictitious callsign for the DX and pause between his transmissions as if "listening" to the "DX" coming back to him.

After a while he would say something along the lines of "well, being such a rare country, I am sure there are many others waiting to work you so I'll say 73 and let them try and work you."

After "signing" he would sit back and get a chuckle at all of the operators fruitlessly attempting to call the "rare DX"  Grin



What stories do you all have?

73 de KM4SII - Mason
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K4HB
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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2017, 07:11:03 PM »

A serious DXer will frown on anyone playing games. But why call a station, fictitious or real, if you can't hear them. If I hear a W4 yacking away with what's suppose to be a P5, and can only hear the W4, then why call? If you can't hear 'em, you can't work 'em. Let someone call who can hear the P5, if it's actually there. And unless the little fat boy lets someone in and it's announced ahead of time, anyone signing as P5 is probably a slim. Maybe if Dennis Rodman gets a ham license, and takes that junk out of lower lip so we can understand what he's saying, we may have a chance.
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2017, 07:29:28 PM »

From the PVRC newsletter, https://www.pvrc.org/Newsletters/may15.pdf , about having your priorities in the right place:

Back in the late 1980’s Dave KM3T and Mike KC8C (SK) lived at Fred K3ZO’s house while
Fred was stationed in Thailand. We all operated at Frank W3LPL’s multi-multi in the “Big 4”
DX contests, but would occasionally do Multi-Single efforts from Fred’s in contests like the
IARU or WPX events.

One year I came over in the morning to put in a shift and Dave was sound asleep across
two chairs while Mike was running on 15m. The placed smelled like diesel fuel, so I woke
Dave up and we found what appeared to be oil leaking out of the oil tank in Fred’s
basement. We didn’t know what to do but Fred had been spotted on 20m on the
Packetcluster (it was still actually a Packet cluster), so Dave grabbed the radio and QSYed
to 20m:

HS0AC: CQ Contest HS0AC, Hotel Sierra Zero Alpha Charlie, Contest
KM3T: KM3T, KM3T
Fred: KM3T 59 49
Dave: Fred, its Dave – the oil tank is leaking oil into the basement, what should we do??
Fred: You should get on 15M for the EU skew path opening!! What are you doing on 20??
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KM4SII
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2017, 08:01:55 PM »

A serious DXer will frown on anyone playing games. But why call a station, fictitious or real, if you can't hear them. If I hear a W4 yacking away with what's suppose to be a P5, and can only hear the W4, then why call? If you can't hear 'em, you can't work 'em
I agree with you... I guess some people got so excited that they decided to call even though they could not hear the non-existent "DX." Why someone would call a station they can not hear at all, I have no idea  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2017, 08:05:35 PM »

From the PVRC newsletter, https://www.pvrc.org/Newsletters/may15.pdf , about having your priorities in the right place:

Great story!! Even better is the letter from Mar 2015, that's printed after the story. Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2017, 08:07:04 PM »

A serious DXer will frown on anyone playing games.

Even worse, if QSL cards showed up after the 'QSOs'. Shocked
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KM4SII
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« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2017, 08:13:34 PM »

I wish I had heard this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_bHuCwKmkI  Grin Grin
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« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2017, 08:44:16 PM »

I wish I had heard this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_bHuCwKmkI  Grin Grin

Never ever self medicate, guys! Roll Eyes

Did you hear this one? Famous among old timers:

http://hamgallery.com/Tribute/W2OY/w2oy2.wav

Nothing personal, Mason. Wink
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KM4SII
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« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2017, 08:55:43 PM »

I wish I had heard this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_bHuCwKmkI  Grin Grin

Never ever self medicate, guys! Roll Eyes

Did you hear this one? Famous among old timers:

http://hamgallery.com/Tribute/W2OY/w2oy2.wav

Nothing personal, Mason. Wink
I've heard of him many times, but I've never heard the actual audio. Thanks for the link!
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