delara news Delaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH   VOL 37 NUMBER 11

Joe’s Place ..er.. Palace

Joe Papworth, K8MP It's that time of year again! T'was the Night before Sweepstakes (With a twist) T’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!” The Twist: Tell me something factual about Slim. The first email wins dinner with The Man himself. Note: There are no right answers and decision of The Judge may be final. (Depends on whether or not cash is involved) Well, that's it for this month. I hope to see you all at the meeting but if not, then next month... … At Joe's Place