Topband: P.O.A.

Paul Kiesel k7cw at
Sun May 21 12:00:17 EDT 2017

On the other hand...

Tim Pettis, KL7WE (SK), in chasing WAS on 432, was known to visit needed rare states with a portable EME station, put it on from there, and work his own station (as well as others) to get credit for those states. Another ham would operate his home station. This action of visiting ops operating stations of guys on DXpeditions continues to this day and contacts made like this should be and are considered to be completely valid. You should consider re-evaluating the contacts made by your good friend.

BTW, I had my first ham radio contact in Tim's shack when he was K7BRQ. We went to elementary and high school together.

Paul K7CW
On Sun, 5/21/17, W9UCW--- via Topband <topband at> wrote:

 Subject: Topband: P.O.A.
 To: Topband at, k8bhz at
 Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017, 7:34 AM
 Brian, your comments about digital 
 modes made me think back on times 
 "BDM," (before digital modes).
 The  occurrence I'm about to describe clarified 
 what it takes for me to feel 
 accomplishment in the "on the air" part of Ham 
 radio. This happened over 40 
 years ago.
 While I was on one of 20 trips to South
 America  that allways included 
 operating from HK0, San Andres, a
 lifelong buddy of  mine in Illinois drove out 
 to our home and asked my wife to let
 him fire up  my station. He got on the 
 air and worked two DXpeditions at a
 couple very rare  locations, using my 
 call. He knew I didn't have those two
 and they might  not be on again for many 
 While he was there, he filled out QSL
 cards for  the contacts, took them 
 with him and sent them out. Neither he
 nor my wife or  daughters mentioned 
 this occurrence to me. Getting the
 cards would be the big  surprise.
 So later, when the cards came, I looked
 at the  date and started asking 
 questions. My buddy was all giddy about
 what he had done  for me. Everybody 
 gets their jollies in different ways
 and that's what makes the  world go 
 around. I can't think of a reason why I
 would complain about how others  get 
 theirs. But I remember looking at those
 cards and realizing that they meant  
 nothing to me. There was no
 satisfaction in the fact that they had been worked  
 from my station, because I was not part
 of the equation. .
 I thanked my buddy. For him, his
 jollies came  from getting in the log and 
 getting the cards, by any means
 possible. I respect  that and didn't argue. 
 He laughed and said "Those were P.O.A.
 contacts." That  means "power of 
 attorney." I wasn't happy until I had
 worked those two entities  myself. This 
 all made it clear to me how I get
 satisfaction from on-the-air  contacts.
 73, Barry, W9UCW
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