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At Ham Holiday 2023, a Wouff Hong induction ceremony will be conducted on Friday evening, 28
July, at 9:30 PM right after the Friday Night Banquet.
What is the “Wouff Hong”? Let Scott Hedberg, NØZB offer a brief history.
“It was invented, or at any rate, discovered, by “The Old Man” himself, just as amateurs were getting back on the air after World War One. “The Old Man” (who later turned out to be Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW, Co-founder and first president of ARRL) first heard the Wouff Hong described amid the howls and garble of QRM as he tuned across a band filled with signals which exemplified all the rotten operating practices then available to amateurs, considering the state of the art as they knew it.
As amateur technology and ingenuity have advanced, we have discovered new and improved
techniques of rotten operating, but we’re ahead of our story.
As The Old Man heard it, the Wouff Hong was being used on some hapless offender so effectively
that he investigated. After further effort, “T.O.M.” was able to locate and identify a Wouff Hong. He
wrote a number of QST articles about contemporary rotten operating practices and the use of the
Wouff Hong to discipline the offenders.
Early in 1919, The Old Man wrote in QST “I am sending you a specimen of a real live Wouff Hong
which came to light out here . . . Keep it in the editorial sanctum where you can lay hands on it quickly in an emergency.” The “specimen of a real live Wouff Hong” was presented to a meeting of the ARRL Board and QST reported later that “each face noticeably blanched when the awful Wouff Hong was … laid upon the table.” The Board voted that the Wouff Hong be framed and hung in the office of the Secretary of the League and there it remains to this day, a sobering influence on every visitor to
League Headquarters who has ever swooshed a carrier across a crowded band.
The Old Man never prescribed the exact manner in which the Wouff Hong was to be used, but
amateurs need only a little imagination to surmise how painful punishments were inflicted on those
who stoop to lid-ish behavior on the air.”
If you wish to join this noble body of amateur radio operators when you pre-register for Ham Holiday
2023, you can also sign up for the Wouff Hong ceremony; walk-ins are most welcome.
You must be a licensed amateur in good standing and an ARRL member to participate.
As a “Novice” candidate, you will be made aware of the protocols and secrets revealed to you of the “Wouff Hong” society.
Please sign up for a one hour time slot either Friday or Saturday for either/both events – Ham Holiday July 21-22 and Texoma Hamarama October 27-28. Thanks in advance!
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Texoma Hamarama Table - Friday
Please sign up to work a shift at the Texoma Hamarama information table. You will be responsible for making hamfest announcements, conducting prize drawings and relaying pertinent information.