Ham Radio Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner. It is far and away one of my favorite holidays and I am looking forward to spending it with my family this year. Beyond the Trick-or-Treating, costumes, Halloween decorations, and pumpkin carving, I like telling my two young daughters ghost stories. This got me to thinking if there were any stories out there that had to do with both amateur radio and Halloween. And sure enough, there are.

So now its time to dim the lights…..

The first story is by Brian, N4TRB, and was inspired by an October 1932 article he read in QST by Don Mix. Brian’s story is called Whisky November Papa: A Tale for Halloween and is worth a read.

The next story was discovered by Dan, KB6NU, and is called Haunted Ham Radio. It is more amusing than scary, but still worth the read for a chuckle or two.

For those of my ham radio brethren who will be out and about on Halloween helping provide communications for a safe and sane holiday – I salute you! And if you are in my neighborhood this year, stop by for some Trick-or-Treat, pumpkin pie, and hot apple cider… and maybe a quick tour of the hamshack.

Scott Hedberg, NØZB, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Kansas, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

One Response to “Ham Radio Halloween”

  • Bruce Steel ZL1AAO:

    Whilst finishing off some yard work one evening recently I thought I could hear some snippets of conversation being carried my way in the wind. I looked about to see if anyone was around as we live quite rurally on a new sub-division. Neighbouring properties which are occupied are quite a distance away. I walked right around from the rear to the front, could hear nothing more until I got back to the rear again! Voices! Nah, just my Quad moving back and forth a little in the breeze, twisting the retaining pins inside the tiltover mast and the wind gently whisling in the tips of the elements! Suitably jolted back into the real world I went into the shack and was rewarded with a 20m QSO with VP8LP! PS love the pic above!

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