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DUAL CITIZHAM!

In Watercress Moment K1NSS Rejoins Society

 

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Yes UK ham pals, once again, quasi-legally at any rate, I'm just like you. Uh-huh. Just like two mushy peas in a pod. Not sure how much ice that cuts these days, but for what it's worth, I enjoy my chips with vinegar and and consider them best-wolfed from tabloid newspaper, thank you very much.

Even as a child American wireless enthusiast, I was keen on valves over tubes, Eddystone over Hallicrafters receivers, earths over grounds, aerials over antennas and the fascination with your island kingdom went back farther still.

Conan-Doyle. Penny Black postage. My favorite toy was a toss-up between a Dinky Toy Centurian tank and a medival castle with drawbridge, dungeon and a proper compliment of tin knights on horseback.

While the story on my lineage is appropriately foggy, Irish, Danish and what-have-you, the science is pretty specific. DNA test on my brother, albeit one half-step away from a Christmas cracker prize, read something like 98% English, for what that's worth.

Plus I've tramped about Pooh's Kentish Deep Woods. Rambled amongst oast houses, slouched around Bath and kept an eye out for fossils on Lyme Regis beach, not to mention hitch-hiking about back in the days of those Isle of Wight concets, the proper early 70s numbers.

In short, one of those insufferable elderly Yanks who read too much D.H. Lawrence and given half the chance would sign the Magna Carta with a Sharpie.

Please overlook all this, ok mates?

 

DUAL CITIZHAM!

In American Pie Moment K1NSS Returns For Slice

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Yes I've returned to ARRL membership as well, for the third time in my episodic ham career stretching back to 1963.

Sure, pip-pip and all that sort of RSGB is fun, but there's no getting around my Jersey Boy provenance- yes THAT New Jersey with Da Shore, Da Sorpranos, Da Snooki and, I hasten to add, the Rolling Hills of Hunterdon County, versus the Channel Island of Jersey, the one I missed in visits to that charming archipelago off the coast of France.

So if you're a bro or sister ARRL member, so am I – and while we're on the subject how's the old wazoo?

When's all said and done, ARRL's fraternal howdy-doo is the mileiu in which I grew up as a ham, my nose planted in the pages of QST, a semi-lost world disarmingly cozy as Gil Gildersleeve's ham cartoons, perhaps my Greatest Strange Attractor to Amateur Radio.

Hardly gets more comical than old columns by ARRL founder Hiram Percy Maxim, the original Old Man. All right, radio was always serious stuff, especially since the early days when Mother Deep State glommed-on. For goodness sakes, radio was so serious, hams wore ties and everything – but animating it all was great good humor, so central to the hobby, I can't imagine amateur radio without it, all the horsehockey about hams not having a sense of humor aside.

Pshaw on that! I know plenty of hams who are funny as hell, many of them...GASP...members of ARRL!

Too late to nip that in the bud, eh what?

Let's roll.