|From The North Pole Gazette
Filed by WX4PBC 12/11/2011
The 1st annual Shriners Children’s "QSO" Party
was held on Sunday December 11th, 2011 during their annual AMARA
Temple Christmas Party
the local children under the Shriners medical care program. This
year amateur radio operators or "ham" members with the
Palm Beach County SKYWARN program teamed up with the Shriners to
give the children an opportunity
to "speak" with Santa Claus via amateur radio.
The event started with PBC SKYWARN amateur radio operators Ray Ruby
WX4PBC, Steve Wiesen KE4JAR and Jeff
Hepburn KI4BQB assembling a special
“Santenna” with the children used to make contact with
Santa at his North Pole QTH (Toy Land). Grid Sq. AA00aa
The “Santenna” is a 2m ½ wave vertical antenna (facsimile)
made from special conductive candy cane material. The antenna
was connected to the KE4JAR station with
Santa Grade RG316/U candy cane coax. The SWR was a bit high but the signal was 5/9 and
reports of very sweet audio.
As Steve and Jeff worked the children’s station KE4JAR, Ray
was sent to the North Pole and worked Santa’s departure and
flight as station WX4PBC from a reindeer proof ammo can “Go
All the boys and girls spoke with Santa in flight. Somewhere
over the Rockies, while speaking to a young lady
named Christine, Santa informed her he had to make a “Pit Stop”
for Rudolph. Later during the party prior to Santa’s arrival,
Christine wanted to know if she could call Santa again to check
on Rudolph. Little Christine was relieved when she heard over
the ham radio, Santa and Rudolph were on “Final Approach” and
would be landing soon.
Upon getting a weather report and landing instructions via Steve
over the radio, Santa and crew along with all the gifts landed
safely at the temple on time.
At the temple, Santa made his rounds visiting all the children
and gave each child a gift and a “I spoke to Santa”
a Special Event QSL card
commemorating their in-flight QSO with Santa Claus.
As Santa left, he was heard to say. “Merry Christmas To All and
To All A Good Night” and then added “Give me a call during
my flight” If you can’t get through by phone or by
text…Call CQ…CQ.....CQ DX.
SKYWARN would like to thank the AMARA
Temple Shriners for helping and allowing us to participate in
this years party and look forward to what we hope will be an
Santa's "Go Kit"
From L to R NCO Steve
Santa's Helpers-Ladies of The
Shrine (LOS) QSL Card
Santa's QSL Card
Santa and Helper-Ladies of The
Shrine (LOS) Elf Division
Shirley & Sandy KJ4YZE
Forget about the up-coming
Mobile Service Net's
Santa Claus Net
learn more about Amateur (Ham) Radio, click
here By Don,VE3XD
"Santa, give me my signal
My QTH is North Pole Station WX4PBC
Santa, You are 5/9
Ok Santa, How
tall is a full wave Santenna ?
I went to the event and got the
Ho...Ho...Ho...Santa is watching
Post Script; As
you can see, the children learned a little "Ham Speak"
along the way.
I would like
to thank the below named volunteers for their assistance for
which this Special Event could not have happened.
K9EE PBC SKYWARN
KJ4YZE Camera Crew
Shirley (Ruby) Simmons Camera
Supplier / Tech Advisor
KE4JAR / NCO & Tech Advisor
KI4BQB / ANCO & Tech Advisor
Ladies of the
and 73, Ray WX4PBC