Yes, I thought the title might get your attention. This is a vent regarding ham radio website links purporting to be related to ham radio which end up taking you to an Asian porn site.
Today I was naively and innocently reading the thread here about QRZCQ.com and it prompted me to check my call-sign information on various ham radio websites, so I did a Google search of my call letters to see what sites might be listing my "information" ... So far so good.
I discovered two references to something called "Castalia Island DX Association N4UP" which of course piqued my interest, as I have never heard of the Castalia Island DX Association and I am the only-ever holder of N4UP. One reference was on eham.net ( http://www.eham.net/links/rating/7059 ) and the other was on the Durham FM Association Ham Radio Club website ( http://www.rtpnet.org/dfma/site/links/index.html). The Durham FM Association Ham Radio Club link was very disturbing, as it is a link to an Asian porn site. Of course I have absolutely nothing to with the Durham FM club or the Castalia Island DX club or Asian porn ( or any porn for that matter ). So then I sent emails to the eham webmaster and officers of the Durham club asking them politely to remove any links that associate me with any of this. I haven't received any response yet, but it is early days.
Curious, I then tried to find information about the Castalia Island DX Club. I don't know whether or not it is legitimate, but it seems to be so, given the QRZ.com pages associated with their call-signs and given their own actual website ( not the porn site ). The DX club uses a couple of call-signs, one of which is K4UP ( not my N4UP ). I then tried to send emails to the DX club officials, and discovered that some of the email addresses provided here for them on QRZ.com were based on the offending porn site address. Maybe the DX club used to own that domain name and now it is taken over by Asian porn, maybe, I don't know. Note that I am not posting the link here to the porn site.
I even found a Yahoo group for the Castalia Island DX Association with a direct link to the porn site so I am now inferring that they failed to renew the domain name.
I am guessing that the Durham FM club and the Castalia Island DX club are legitimate clubs and had nothing to do with the hi-jacking. I am also guessing that whoever did the hi-jacking used my call-sign N4UP instead of the DX club call-sign of K4UP by mistake ( if you're going to hi-jack something then getting the call-sign wrong is just adding insult to injury ).
Of course it could all be entirely innocent. If the DX club "lost" their domain name and the Asian porn folks picked it up. If someone simply entered N4UP by mistake instead of K4UP in the original titles. Imagine one day QRZ. com forgets to renew their domain name and you click on the QRZ.com link and it takes you to an Asian porn site. Stranger things have happened.
So now I am feeling slightly better, having vented.