Isn't it always the way?  An eternal staple of ham radio visual humor, the so-callled "Wife Hong" has forever embodied XYL exasperation since OMs first bought too many radios.  Oh, boy, now he's gonna catch heck!

The name referenced the notorious "Wouf Hong," early ham radio's corrective appliance applied to inept operators known as "Lids," in bizarre ritualistic ceremonies that continue to this day.


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Chances are pretty good you've heard the Earth is now flat.

But with all the new things happening in ham radio, chances are also pretty good you haven't heard about the new digital mode they're all running these days.

Wouldn't you know, our friends at Baba Yagi Radiosportronics in the breakaway Republic of Rfchokia are behind this trendy breakthrough in planar propagation – a novel way to shorten the distance between two points, instead of sending signals all the way around Robin's Hood barn of an old-fashioned globe!

FE8 makes extraordinary ham radio an everyday affair, thanks to its uncanny ability to retroactively contact any and all DX stations you simply forgot to write in the log!  What's more, FE8 will insert them in your log automatically,  and generate a genuine paper QSL, apparently modifying the very fabric of time and space.  With FE8, it's like your own personal Mandela Effect!  No wonder hams world-wide can't get enough of this game-changer!

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Greetings to all!

Approaching the holidays, it’s that time of year when this typically cold, damp, overcast, breakaway republic of root vegetables and hand made radios is perhaps its most beguiling.

Like a nation of Christos, Rfchokia’s entire population seems to wrap a heavy quilt about itself and assume a shivering  foetal position, anticipating the bone-chilling festive season of feasting and dancing with itself, even as it painstakingly builds the world’s last mass-produced hand-made short wave electronics.

Not a day goes by when some Rfchokian doesn’t comes up to me in the market and asks when I’ll be going home to spend more time with my family.

I reply that Rfchokia is my family!  Admittedly, this ex-pat American broadcaster has become a fixture at Voice of Rfchokia.  Seems like it was only yesterday I arrived on their doorstep with a demo reel and a Mason Adams voiceover tribute impression in my heart.  That was twenty years ago. And since then, whole new generation of shortwave broadcaster/super soldiers  has seized control of VOR studios at pitchfork point, eager to take my advice about establishing a TV presence in the 19, 31, and 49 meter bands.

Gotta tell ya,  this Old Shortwave Hand is pleased as punch he can still teach young turks new tricks.  And as long as we can keep them in gray market Marlboros, and Rfchokian Maxium President Almighty Vlad can pull off his Hail Mary Baba Yagi Martian Motel project, we expect to bring you many more dispatches from this cauldron of high frequency entertainment.  Stay tuned!

Canfield Canasta, Litz-Carleton Hotel, Rfchokia



Back talk from our FUNNIES & FUN PLAYERS


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You know it's hooey but you're hooked!


Ham Radio Reviews in a Safe Space


Not a sou to your name?  Not so much of a self-starter, but open to watching others work? Here's the land office business you've been waiting for - HamminEats, the restaurant chain devoted to making ham radio operators eat more, especially if they're trying cut down. 

"Don't be bashful!" Every HamminEats new hire is programmed to relentlessly repeat that exhortation to tuck-in and chow-down. If they sense a customer is picking at his food, eating like a bird, or talking more than shoveling it in, they'll stage an intervention.

That's right, HamminEats' all-intern waitstaff is authorized to take  fork and spoon in hand and forcefully feed customers seconds, thirds, one or two more cheesy potato boat platter for the road.

Many regular customers need no prompting.   And who can blame these spineless backsliders? With tastey HamminEats flagship fare like ear baked goods, featuring edible headphones, hams of all ages find themselves packing on the padding like there's no tomorrow.

ALL-GUD Reviews recommend you buy-in early, because all the best locations are selling out fast, so act now and remember, it's risky to invest money but since this is a no-money down restaurant franchise, you're not risking one red cent.


with IRON MIKE, El Jefe of Homebrew

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It took a bunch of decades, but the state of radio project art finally caught up with advanced critical thought behind why nobody has a clue what the hell is going on with anything anymore.  

Sure, the above might bear some vague resemblance to your grandfather's crystal set,  but hey Bunky, that's only because it's NOT YET been deconstructed!

Join Unca Iron Mike in upcoming episodes as he UNsystemmatically rips apart this paternalistic metaphor of a retrograde receiver and then does senseless things with the pieces.

Yeah, Iron Mike could milk this moo cow for months, but we'll keep him on a short cord, trust us. 

Funnies & Fun thanks Chough Solderettes for sponsoring ON THE MAKE with Iron Mike.

Say "CHUFF" and you've said ENUFF!

You know, building radios without real lead solder is for sissies. That's right, OM or YL, NO Maker wants to be a big dopey Baby Huey sissy. So build your radio with Chough Solderettes, made from real Cornish-mined lead and tin, now in a convenient pocket/purse-sized package so you can always be...on the make!

Chough, the solder with a story.

Intrigued, eh? 

Here's the story behind Chough Solderettes, told by that 120 Year-Old Man you know and trust.


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EPISODE 1 -Was it the Egg Cream talking?

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