A Ham's Night Before Christmas

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  1. K4AAQ

    K4AAQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Happy Holidays, everybody!

    It's the 25th Anniversary of the 'classic' Ham Radio Christmas poem I wrote back in 1996, and later created audio and video versions. You can read the background story and get the text version here. I also recorded an audio version without music that you can play on repeaters. Download it from a link at the bottom of this page (it runs more than 3 minutes, so beware your repeater's timeout timer).


    73, Gary K4AAQ (former KN4AQ)
     
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  2. KC2QMA

    KC2QMA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I make a point to watch your video each year.
    Thank you Gary for making such a wonderful ham radio holiday video.
    73'
    Happy Holidays
    KC2QMA
     
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  3. K1LKP

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    HI GARY,

    THE FOLKS AT THE CFO CLUB WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR

    ONCE AGAIN SHARING THIS WONDERFUL VIDEO.....BRAVO

    PLEASE CONTINUE TO POST YOUR WONDEFUL VIDEO'S.

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    A 9 BUGS BUNNY THATS ALL FOLKS.jpg
     
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  4. N7KO

    N7KO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Always a joy to hear this every year. Thank You sir, I tip my Antenna to you.
     
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  5. M1WML

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  6. KC5HWB

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    Always fun to see this post, Gary. 73
     
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  7. 2E0TWD

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    Fantastic Gary, but who is poor Wayne Greene?
     
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  8. K1KP

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    T'Was the Night Before World-Wide

    Twas the night before World Wide, when all through the shack
    Not a rotor was turning, not even the stack;
    The finals were warmed in their chimneys so clear,
    In hopes that DXpeditions soon would appear;

    The guest ops were nestled all snug in their beds,
    While visions of morning runs danced in their heads;
    And mamma in her 'headphones, and I in my cap,
    Had just settled down for a last minute nap,

    When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
    I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
    Away to the window I flew like a flash,
    Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

    The moon on the piles of unraked leaves below,
    Gave rise to the guilt of yard tools still stowed.
    When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
    But a full-on mobile, all bris'ling with gear.

    With a little old guest op, so lively and free,
    I knew in a moment it must be 'DG.
    A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
    Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

    He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old Op,
    And I laughed when I saw him, I just couldn't stop;
    More rapid than eagles his QSOs they came,
    And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

    "Now, G3! now, DL! go P4 and VE!
    On, VK! next ZL! now, ZK and TT!
    To the top of the Section! to the top of the Zone!
    Now dash away, records, top them, alone!"

    As QRM that before the highspeed run splatter,
    He lost not a moment to deal with the matter,
    And using his mouse to zero beat the zoo,
    'Get off my freq AR, I know that it's you'!

    He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
    And filled up the log; then moved for a jerk.
    And laying his finger aside of his Bose,
    And giving a nod, up the standings he rose.

    He copied the QSOs, some strong and some light,
    And worked them all quickly, late into the night.
    With uncanny speed the log he did fill,
    I knew after checking his UBN would be nil!

    He sprang to his mobile, to his mic gave a whistle,
    And away QSY'd with the speed of a missile.
    But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he drove like a nut,
    Happy WorldWide to all, and to all, a 'KICK BUTT' !!


    by K1KP (with Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, and Doug)
     
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  9. W4NNF

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    Love it, and always have. THANK YOU, OM!
     
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  10. K4AAQ

    K4AAQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Wayne Green W2NSD (SK) was founder and editor of 73 Magazine (and before that, editor of CQ Magazine). He was well known as a curmudgeon and thorn in the side of the ARRL. But 73 Magazine was progressive on several fronts, especially the emergence of FM and repeaters in the 1970s.

    When I read the poem live at club meetings, the 'Wayne Green' line gets the biggest laugh from the old timers, and the most quizzical expressions from newer hams who had never heard of him.

    I made a version of the audio recording that the ARRL put on their web site, deleting the Wayne Green reference. They didn't way exactly why, but my guess is they didn't want the heat from his ancestors or any fervent supporters.
     
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