The original T’was the Night Before Christmas poem was originally published in December 1823 by author Clement Moore. In 1996, Gary Pearce KN4AQ wrote A Ham’s Night Before Christmas – an amateur radio version of the famous Clement Moore poem. A photo collage and slideshow of past QST magazine artwork and sales ads by radio manufacturer’s from a time long ago are used to create a video with Gary Pearce reading the poem himself. Use the link below to either discover or recall the telling of this creative and enjoyable story.
The Canadian National Parks on the Air event (CNPOTA) will get under way on January 1, 2019, and continue until year’s end. A volunteer group of a half-dozen hams in Nova Scotia, working with a zero budget, came up with the notion of attempting to replicate the success of the National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event in 2016, first created to mark the centennial of the National Park Service.
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Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) 2018 reports that total Scout participation in the annual fall event jumped by 36% from 2017. Each year more than 1 million Scouts and Guides get together over the airwaves for JOTA, which takes place on the third weekend of October. Since the first JOTA in 1958, millions of Scouts have become acquainted via Amateur Radio, and contacts sometimes result in relationships that extend for many years.
This year, 10,703 Scouts took part in the event, compared with 7,872 last year. Participating Amateur Radio operators topped 1,000 for the first time since 2016. At 610, the number of registered JOTA locations was way up, as was the number of JOTA stations registered, with 314. Participating JOTA stations reported contacts with stations in 99 countries, also up over 2017.
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