The Pride Of Being A Ham

The Pride Of Being A Ham

The Pride Of Being A Ham
My Ham Radio QSL Card


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This poem is from the ''My Testimony --To Soar With Jesus Collection''. Writtten by Daryl Stout. (C) Copyright 1989, 2022 by Daryl Stout. All Rights Reserved. Any abuse or unauthorized usage of this poetry will be dealt with at The Judgment Before Jesus Christ. The ''Soar With Jesus'' Eagle Design was created and designed by Dale Larison, and it is used by permission.

The following poem tells how I feel about Amateur Radio. It was written back in 1992, about a year after I first became a licensed Amateur Radio operator. This was also before the ''restructuring'' of the Amateur Radio Service in the United States, from the FCC, at the end of 1999...and before the Morse Code Requirement for a U.S. Ham Radio license was REMOVED on Feb. 23, 2007. As a result, even though some things have changed, the overall structure is still the same.

My original callsign of N5VLZ was granted Aug. 7, 1991. As of June 5, 2009, I was granted the vanity callsign of AE5WX. As of Dec. 27, 2012, I was granted the vanity callsign of WX1DER. And, as of March 22, 2019, I was granted the vamity callsign of WX4QZ.

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The Pride Of Being A Ham

''The Pride of being a Ham''

Written by Daryl Stout, WX4QZ

It all began years ago; and who'd have ever thought
The changes that took place since Morse telegraphed ''What hath God Wrought?''.
From home brewed rigs, and keyers, to repeaters across the land...
The heritage;the history; The Pride of being a Ham.

Sending code across the bands, to places far and near.
Anytime day or night, the signal weak or clear.
Across the street, around the world, along the many bands...
The many friends you'd meet who had The Pride of being a Ham.

Disaster strikes, and they are there, providing needed help.
Vital information sent; gladly giving of themselves.
Unselfishly and tireless, doing all they can
In service to their fellow man; The Pride of being a Ham.

They help with parades, bike-a-thons, and other events, you see.
Coordinating safety for the public, doing it all for free.
Demonstrations, classes too, so they can proudly stand;
And show the public what we are, The Pride of being a Ham.

A fascinating hobby, yes; but fun, yet serious, too.
Policing and protecting ourselves with the FCC rules.
Gladly serving without receiving money in our hands;
The Amateur Radio Licensee; The Pride of being a Ham.

Novice, Technician, General, Advanced, and Amateur Extra too.
Licensed Hams across this Earth, proud of what they do.
One big family together, as they work and plan
To better both the hobby, and The Pride of being a Ham.

From Morse Code to Repeaters to Amateur TV.
Satellites & Packet, Q signals, and 73.
QSL cards, log books, the spectrum, it is grand.
I'm glad to be, and that I have, The Pride of being a Ham.

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