w1hij at contesting.com
w1hij at contesting.com
Thu Nov 28 22:05:58 EST 1996
To the ham radio community out there on the net....,
I feel a little like the guy who wrote "Yes Virginia, there really
is a Santa Claus", but I had to share some thoughts with you all.
Earlier today, I posted a message to the reflector regarding the
discussion started by AA8U on the 160M DX window. That issue was
completely overshadowed by a response I found when I returned from
a Thanksgiving Dinner out and checked my email. It started like
I haven't seen or heard that callsign in 35 years and I'm amazed to
see it again! One of my fondest memories is the 1959 W1OP Field
(before I received my KN1LPL novice license) listening to you, John
and Chuck Ashworth knocking off the CW QSOs with the big lazy H
As I recall u were using a Viking II and NC-300... The 2 element
KWM-1 on SSB and all of their DX QSOs are also part of those
I guess you have been hiding under another callsign for some
and came from Frank, W3LPL.....
I am struck by the fact that here was a connection surfacing after
35 years---generated by a combination of circumstances---that could
not have been predicted. BUT ...
If there is an essence of what amateur radio means to many of us,
it is exactly this community which transcends not only geography,
but also time.
We often find ourselves embroiled in a series of discussions and
arguments which seem important at the time, but this message was a
reminder to me not to forget what it is that ham radio really means
to me and to others --- we are truly a world wide community of
people with permanent connections and our common interests outweigh
any particular momentary disagreements...
Let's not forget that this is what we must preserve ---
The memory of it brought me back to the air after 25 years. Three
months, 1000 Q's on 40 20 and 15 CW, SS, CQWWCW, CQP, and
especially Frank's message just validated what I knew in my heart
to be true about the amateur radio community and mean I'll go to
sleep tonight with a particularly warm sense of being part of a
large, if unseen, community.
The occurrence on Thanksgiving Day is almost too much to believe
but certainly provides a major thing to be thankful for....
73 to all of you, de Bill, W1HIJ (LA Area)
PS. I apologize to my friends around the world who may not know the
special meaning of Thanksgiving, but here in the US it is a holiday
which is focused on remembering all good things in our lives that
we are grateful for. (and also of course on consuming vast
quantities of Turkey and so forth)!!
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Newport Beach, California, USA
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