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SKN: Why New Year's Eve?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KD7MW, Jan 6, 2022.

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  1. W9BRD

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    In the days immediately following VJ Day in 1945, my dad and fellow-ham Signal Corps cronies in their New Guinea posting, and their counterparts in similar situations near and far, had a brief spell of ham-band bootlegging fun with scrounged gear, fake (and DX-juicy) calls more or less indicating country of origin during their brief on-air appearance as soon-to-be-rarer-than-rare Asian DX.

    No suitable key had been found by the time receiver, transmitter and slapdash skyhook had been cobbled together for their first try, so they decided to use the two hands/two wires method. Contact! But as the moment for a critical QSO formality arrived with dad at the "key," on the verge of sending his real first name he realized that NAME HR ROD was potentially a short path to getting into hot water with Command. In his excitement to send something, anything, what followed OP HR came out as ECK. And so it was that "Eck" became the sine of the anonymous collective operator on the previous W9BRD's impromptu first DXpedition.

    amateur radio W9BRD
    Eck, Jr.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2022
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  2. K5ITM

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    That’s the other SKN… silent key night.
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  3. W3SY

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    And what's the deal with Grape Nuts? No grapes... no nuts... What's the deal?
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  4. K4NWD

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    You open the box expecting grapes and you say "Nuts!".
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  5. KC7JNJ

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    It is also vintage gear night at the same time.
  6. KQ9J

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    Yes indeed. Even when we used to go out for dinner on NYE we were usually home pretty early. Haven't gone out for NYE for years now. Safer and warmer to stay at home. Setting up my HW-16 for SKN is an annual thing. Even if I didn't get on in the evening, there was still plenty of activity on NYD. Smell of hot tube gear while tucked away safely in a warm house is much more fun than partying to ring in the year.
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  7. W9BRD

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  8. W0IS

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    I don't know, but it reminds me of wild hickory nuts.
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  9. W4NNF

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    Same deal as with an egg cream. ;)
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  10. W9BRD

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    Huh, so varied and many were the assignments and writeups that I forgot that I did the writeup for SKN 1986 in April 1987 QST. Here's my concluding paragraph, which nicely reflects WIK's "two wires" theme:


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