[CQ-Contest] THE DAWG!

Michael Tope W4EF at dellroy.com
Thu Apr 3 19:56:08 EST 2003

Chuck, you really hit the nail on the head. I used to listen to
and occasionally chat with WA4D back in the mid-80's when
he  was active on the HF bands. Mike, got all of his mileage
from the people who would come on frequency and yell at
him. If people would ever get it through their heads that this
is exactly what guys like Mike crave, then most of the QRM
problems that plague the bands would just go away (or at
least be very short lived). If, for instance, everyone had ignored
Mike's antics, he probably  would have turned his rig off and
done something else.  In fact, Mike wasn't half as embarrassing
as all the idiots who were inciting him. This is the same thing
that goes on in pileups for the big Dxpeditions. Some joker
gets on frequency and starts causing trouble, and then a
hundred angry DXers start yelling at him. This just further
incites the QRMer and creates 100 times as much QRM as
the jammer could create by himself. I don't understand why
people do this, but then again I don't understand why people
keep calling the DX station when he is clearly coming back
to someone else.

Anyway, If you hear something you don't like, tape it and
send it to Riley. DON'T touch the PTT switch, it just makes
things worse, especially if the perpetrator is looking for

BTW, if you got passed the outrageous antics, Mike was
a fairly interesting guy to talk with. I believe he was a
camera operator for one of the big networks. Don't ask
me why I remember this, but he ran a Kenwood
transceiver (TS-830 I think) and a TL-922A amp to an
inverted-V. He always had a good clean signal on 75
meters (I used to love that reverb of his).

73 de Mike, W4EF.....................................................

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] THE DAWG!

> I don't know what's become of 'The DAWG'.  Ahh, but memories of Mike are
fresh and
> strong even after MANY years.
> I knew of him early on after I got licensed. I lived in Baltimore and Mike
was active
> on 80/40 so he was quite readable at my QTH. Later on I went to work for
FCC as a Watch
> officer at Laurel. All the watch techs around the Country knew of Mike and
at Laurel we
> used to have an open case file on him. He was always causing problems.
QRMing folks,
> being 'just on the hairy edge of breaking the rules' (and I mean on the
> and hairy edge which he slipped over once in a while and earned him a
GOTCHA from His
> Uncle Charlie)  He LOVED to incite people to call him, debate him and then
he'd make
> them purposefully angry so they'd lose it and go off on him. He'd just sit
there and
> laugh at them, literally, on the air, and enjoy the 'button pushing' to
the max.  Sadly,
> a couple of the ones he egged on, I had to cite for breaking the rules
they accused HIM
> of breaking. Did not want to do it.. but the rules are the rules and I was
> observer.  He was never foul mouthed or nasty.. just liked to egg people
on, incite them
> to get angry and then enjoy the results of his nasty handiwork.
> He took a picture of himself, holding the American Flag, while standing
next to the Sign
> that stood in front of the FCC Monitoring Station in Laurel, MD. Had it on
his QSL card
> and Somewhere around here I have one.
> Colorful.. Like OY..irritating.. but not offensive.
> 73
> Chuck K3FT
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