k7cw at yahoo.com
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.
On Sun, 5/21/17, W9UCW--- via Topband <topband at contesting.com> wrote:
Subject: Topband: P.O.A.
To: Topband at contesting.com, k8bhz at alphacomm.net
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
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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