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From: Rudolph B Schroeder W7FCB <w7fcb@juno.com>

The Wouff Hong was an instrument of grotesque torture used by the Japanese or Chinese of ancient times. Supposedly it inflicted excruciating pain and made believers of the victims on which it was used.

I am of the Royal Order of the Wouff Hong. We of the Order have sworn a solemn oath before our peers to honor and obey the laws of Ham Radio, stand vigilant to the Radio Amateurs Code and above all hold in highest regard our fellow amateurs, those deserving to be identified as Hams. The Order was probably brought about via the efforts of Hiram Percy Maxim (the Father of Ham Radio). It's a fraternal Order and is available to all amateurs that wish to take the oath and pledge to abide by the strictest rules of self discipline in our Ham Radio hobby.

Today the Order has only a few active members and is fairly forgotten as the Hams of today are so far from being or wanting to be fraternal brothers, for the most part. We never used to have the bitching and squabbling over having to learn some basic electronics and Morse Code which, by the way, used to set us apart from the rest of the hobbies of the world by having to prove something to get in and be a part of - so to speak. Today the license(s) are a joke, a give away, they're only a putt
away from sending in a cereal box top to get certified to be on the air.

The Hams of today know little to nothing of the tradition of Ham Radio. How can anyone in a weekend crash course learn anything more than the standard answers to the standard questions (simplistic as they have been made)? Granted Morse Code and code speed do not necessarily make the operator, but it used to be that we were proud that we mastered this second language and we were a cut above the ordinary because we could communicate either by tapping or blinking light when all else failed. We needed only to be able to make and break a connection of the simplest of transmitters in order to convey a message over the air. We could communicate with Hams of Third World countries where they did not have the means materially or economically to get on phone. And we therefore established a brotherhood and had a mutual respect for each other at home as well as in distant lands. And woe be unto an operator that showed any sort of disrespect to a fellow Ham.

Then, to tag an operator as a LID wasn't disrespectful, but a gentle reminder that he/she had engaged in some unorthodox practice and their attention to it was suggested. If the practice continued or flagrant opposition to the standards persisted, he/she would then deserve only the torture of the Wouff Hong (in thought and spirit of course). But, that was tradition, another time,
another era. So, wouldn't it be nice to bring back the old tradition of the Wouff Hong as a warning to those few LIDs that come along every once in a while? When needed, it was inserted where the sun don't shine, as a gentle reminder to uphold good Ham Radio operating practices.

CU 73, Rudy W7FCB

 


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