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Joe Papworth, K8MP
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December 2010: T’was the Night before SweepstakesT’was the night before Sweepstakes, and all through the house,Not a keyboard was stirring, not even a mouse; Antennas were hung on the chimney with care.In hopes that all Sections soon would be there;The ops were nestled, all snug in their beds,While echoes of VY1 danced in their heads; Mama, in a huff, had left in a cab,So I settled down for a bit of a nap.When down in the shack there arose such a clatter,I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter; Away to the basement I flew in a horror,Tore open the pad lock and opened the door;The glow of the filaments, above and below,Was proof 'nough to me: Someone was QRO; When what to my wondering eyes should appear,But a clandestine op on my personal gear;He was a wrinkly ol' chap, with a sheepish-like grin,And I knew in a moment, it had to be Slim; More rapid than McElroy his dits and dahs came,And he logged each fake QSO, without any shame;Now JA, now EU, now NA, now Asia,Now VK, now ZS, now Stateside, now all o’ ya; It filled the whole band, that QRM wall,How can he possibly pick out those calls?So I laughed at myself, to have thought I was good,Ol' Slim was the best, I now understood; So I tipped my cap and bid him good night,And said "Make sure you're gone by morning's first light";I went back to bed and drifted away,While Slim, on the radio, played and played; I woke the next morning, "What a dream that was !!!",Wait’ll I tell the guys, they'll all be abuzz;Then six months later, comes a radiogram,"You have ten-thousand cards at the bureau, my man!”