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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 around 1977.

Later, Joe

For information about the Welcome to Joe's Place series of e-Books, scroll to the bottom of the page.

For a small sample, just continue reading.

Howdy from Joe’s Place…  From February 2013

What did he just say????

All of us have heard strange things on the Ham bands over the years. I have forgotten all but a few of them which stick in my mind like they happened yesterday. (Ain’t it weird what you do remember over the years yet can’t recall what year the Magna Carta was signed? My world history teacher would cringe)

Anyway, I compiled a list of actual transmissions I have heard, one of which dates back to 1963 when I first had 40 meter phone privileges. I guess I’ll start with that one.

W2OY
I used to hear W2OY calling CQ on the 40-meter phone band on Saturday mornings. The guy was very specific on who he wanted to talk to and it went something like this: 
“This is W2OY calling CQ for class A operators only. No lids, no kids, no space cadets, no ‘How copies’.” He also ridiculed the use of phonetics. How convenient for him since O and Y are relatively easy to pick out when compared to those of us that had letters that rhymed with others in the alphabet. 
(A good example was my old WA8ETC call. Try getting that copied correctly without using phonetics)

Anyway, the guy would call CQ like that over and over. If a young Ham like me answered him, he would never reply. Well, almost never. As time passed, we teens had learned to not bother calling him. But there was one time that I heard him calling CQ as W2OY/VE3. He was in need of a signal report on his portable set up. I decided to try and help him out. To my surprise, he came back to me. I don’t recall much of anything of what he had to say but he ended his first (and only) transmission to me with a derisive “How copy lid?” Needless to say, I never went back to him. (Momma always told me “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it”)

Someone in their infinite wisdom has preserved W2OY’s schtick.
Check out http://w2dtc.com/w2dtc-sound-bites-page.htm  Scroll down about halfway and look for items 9A, B, and C.  Besides W2OY, you’ll find some other interesting Ham recordings at that site.

WA4D
WA4D was probably the most obnoxious person I ever heard on the air. He used to hang out on 75 meters. Unlike W2OY, he loved phonetics (His own, anyway). He used “Whiskey America Four Dog” most of the time but when he was really on a roll it was “Whisky America Four Democracy”, with heavy emphasis on “Democracy.” The guy apparently hated anyone who wasn’t an American. He refused to talk to those outside the country.

One time I heard a station from the Caribbean call him. The “Dawg” surprisingly replied to the guy. However, he took a page out of W2OY’s book and ended his transmission with “How copy Spic?”

One of the FCC’s stated reasons for preserving the Amateur Service is for the promotion of international good will. The Ol’ Dawg was definitely the best example I ever heard of how NOT to do that.

Check out his audio at:  http://www.papays.com/dogqrz1.wav

NI6GER
This guy rivaled WA4D in offensiveness. However, since his appearance on the air was apparently a one-time thing, he rates a distant second to “The Dawg” on the politically incorrect scale. He was also more subtle about how he offended. The guy showed up with a horrible fist on 40 CW one evening. He kept calling CQ CQ CQ DE NI6GER. Several guys, including me, tried to call him but he didn’t reply to any of us. I thought maybe he was rare DX because US call signs beginning with an “N” were brand new at the time and especially brand new to me.

After a few minutes, I finally caught on to his game. I had to see his “call sign” written down to do it. Take a look at that call again and use your imagination. After I realized what he was up to, I just could not resist. I called him again except I used my own politically incorrect call sign: WH1TEY.

He went QRT right after that and I have never heard NI6GER again.

“Who Dat Say Who Dat when I Say Who Dat?”
My dad used to use that phrase once in a while. It was just one of those sayings that I considered to be a “Dad-ism”, and it probably came from an old movie he had seen. I’m fairly certain he was the only person I’d ever heard say it.

As an adult Ham, I abbreviated the phrase to a simple “Who dat?”, and would sometimes use it in place of “QRZ?” This usually happened when I was already in a CW QSO and another station broke in on us without identifying himself. Tapping out a quick “Who dat?” would usually get a response in the form of a call sign.

One time I had just finished a QSO and a third station threw out a “Dit-dit”. I did my “Who dat?” thing and the fella came back with the old “Who Dat say Who Dat when I say who Dat?” Dad-ism I had heard many times, but only from my dad.

You could almost “hear” the guy laughing as he transmitted it because he was having trouble sending it on his straight key. (Or was it my own laughing that made his CW seem choppy?)
Anyway, that little exchange remains one of my all-time favorite spontaneous moments in Ham radio.

Well, that’s it for this month. By the time you read this the Ol’ Ground Hog will have done his thing and maybe we’ll have an idea of how much winter is left. (Yeah right, we’d be lucky to just have “Six more weeks of winter”) I hope to see you all at the February meeting but if not, then at Joe’s Place.

 

 

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 newest book, "Welcome to Joe's Place Greatest Hits (The Narrow-Filtered Edition)" is just what the title says. I filtered out the out-dated and boring things, leaving only the "Good stuff", all 15-plus years worth.

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.

 

Here's the cover photo for "Welcome to Joe's Place Greatest Hits (The Narrow-Filtered Edition)"

In case you're wondering, yes, I was tempted to call it the "Steep Skirt Filtered Edition"

 

 

 

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