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The photo above shows "The Morse Pad" in its natural habitat.

I go by my middle name which is Joe. I was first licensed in 1962 as WN8ETC in Bay Village, Ohio.

I became WA8ETC in '63, and then K8MP in 1977.

Later, Joe

And now for some funny stuff: (12-11-2014: Time for some new material)

Howdy from Joe's Place... (From "Joe's Place", December 2010)
 
             T'was the Night Before Sweepstakes

T’was the night before Sweepstakes, and all through the house,
Not a keyboard was stirring, not even a mouse;
 
Antennas were hung on the chimney with care.
In hopes that all Sections soon would be there;
 
The ops were all nestled, snug in their beds,
While echoes of VY1 danced in their heads;
 
Mama, in a huff, had left in a cab,
So I settled down for a bit of a nap.
 
When down in the shack there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter;
 
Away to the basement I flew in a horror,
Tore open the pad lock and opened the door;
 
The glow of the filaments, above and below,
Was proof 'nough to me: Someone was QRO;
 

And what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a clandestine op on my personal gear;
 
He was a wrinkly ol' chap, with a sheepish-like grin,
And I knew in a moment, it had to be Slim;
 
More rapid than McElroy his dits and dahs came,
And he logged pirate QSOs, without any shame;
 
Now JA, now EU, now NA, now Asia,
Now VK, now ZS, now Stateside, now all o’ ya;
 
It filled the whole band, that huge QRM wall,
How can he possibly pick out those calls?
 
So I laughed at myself, to have thought I was good,
Ol' Slim was the best, I now understood;
 
So I tipped him my cap and bid him good night,
And said "Make sure you're gone by morning's first light";
 
I went back to bed and drifted away,
While Slim, on the radio, played and played;
 
I woke the next morning, "What a dream that was !!!",
Wait’ll I tell the guys, they'll all be abuzz;
 
Then six months later, comes a radiogram,
"You have ten-thousand cards at the bureau, my man";

Howdy from Joe's Place... (From "Joe's Place", July 2009)

“So many awards, so little time…”

Doesn’t it seem like there’s a Ham radio award for about everything you can imagine? I just now did an internet search on “Ham radio awards” and it returned over a million hits. It’s worse than I thought! I guess I’ll have to narrow things down a bit and concentrate on just one or two from now on.

Meanwhile, I’m proud of the awards I have already earned. My favorite is the WATV (Worked All TV Sets) award. That one was simple to achieve. I didn’t need fancy new equipment. (I used a home brewed transmitter and a pirate CB linear) I didn’t even need a receiver because I was able to “work” the televisions without making actual contact with another Ham station.

Application for that one was easy too. There were no wretched QSL’s required. You simply needed to have ten official complaints from your neighbors on file with the FCC. Best of all, the Feds provided the documentation for free. It just showed up in the mail.

There are special endorsements for this award too. One is for proof of an actual home visit by an FCC employee. You need to provide the employee’s name and the date and time of his visit.

Another endoresement is the coveted “Cable TV Only” endorsement. That one takes some extra documentation. You need to prove that the televisions in question were only receiving TV signals from an authorized cable provider at the time they heard your station. The proof can be a billing statement or notarized letter from the cable company, showing that service was provided on the same date(s) that appear in the FCC complaints. Further evidence (photographic or otherwise) is required to prove that “No means of receiving over-the-air signals was available on the date(s) in question.”  A signed, notarized affidavit from a neighbor, testifying to the fact that there was “no over-the-air signal reception” is also acceptable but such documentation has proven difficult to obtain, especially if you have been in recent “contact” with the neighbor’s TV set.

Well, maybe I’ve inspired some of you to pick out one of those one-million-plus awards and go after it. As for me, I’m now working on the IWE (I’ve Worked Everybody) award. Once earned, that one automatically qualifies you for every other award out there. Some think it’s cheating or laziness to be able to get all the other awards that way, but heck, it’s in the rules, so right or wrong, it’s legal, and that’s what counts.

If you enjoyed reading these stories, please consider purchasing the e-book versions of "Welcome to Joe's Place" and "Welcome Back to Joe's Place- Happiness is a Warm Rig" from Amazon.

Welcome to Joe's Place is a collection of about twelve years (over 300 pages) of monthly articles of my Ham radio life and other topics. "Welcome Back to Joe's Place- Happiness is a Warm Rig" picks up where the first book left off (September of 2011) and continues through January of 2015 .

The Welcome to Joe's Place cover photo shows "Team Papworth" (K8MP and KB8ENW) operating Field Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

The name for the second book, Welcome Back to Joe's Place- Happiness is a Warm Rig was inspired by this photo of Jasper the Radio Cat snoozing away on my Ten Tec Omni VI Plus.

 

 

 

 

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