RARC Wouff Hong

This Wouff Hong was passed around at the 2011 Richmond Amateur Radio Club annual dinner. It reads:

“Prize given to all Radio Club Presidents at A.R.R.L. Nat’l Convention, Chicago 1938. Attendance 3700. Won by R. N. Eubank. Presented to Richmond Radio Club 4/7/50. W4FJ”

History of the Wouff Hong:

Every amateur should know and tremble at the history and origins of this fearsome instrument for the punishment of amateurs who cultivate bad operating habits and who nourish and culture their meaner instincts on the air.

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 many 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. On display today, it’s still 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 liddish behavior on the air.

Changing Servers

I’ve outgrown my webserver! I’ve been using an OpenVZ virtual private server through Network Redux out in Portland, Oregon. A friend recommended CoreNetworks.net located in East Lansing, Michigan. CoreNetworks.net has a dedicated server package that is quite affordable with many upgrades to what I currently have. Check out the comparison.

Network Redux VPS:

Debian 5.0
OpenVZ Hypervisor
256MB RAM
10GB Hard Drive
500 GB Transfer

CoreNetworks.net dedicated server:

Ubuntu Server 9.10
Intel 2.66GHz Processor
2048MB RAM
80GB Hard Drive
1,000 GB Transfer

Also, I’m going to have 3 public IP addresses to distribute among a few virtual machines that I’ll run. Maybe I’ll start using the server for something more than just web services.