Poisson d'Avril Contest

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Reply Bert Michaud
3:13 PM on March 27, 2013 
Je ne sais rien...
Reply Diputz Toidee WX8PDA
2:23 AM on March 27, 2013 
Hello fellow Pd'Aers.

I plan to be operating this year with my 15.2 KW QRP Yaesoup in CWSB mode only. That's the new anadigital mode developed by myself, WX8PDA. It can be copied by any radio in any mode, including all digital, analog, digilog and anatil modes with the external model CWSBrec add-on module. There's a limited supply available by emailing me at [email protected] The cost is $314159.1414 USD each, with FREE SHIPPING! This 2" cube will easily connect to the headphone input jack on any extraterrestrially manufactured radio currently available on the 7 continents. All it needs is a liquid nichrome interface cable. If you include in your email your PaySecam info (for the $314159.1414 USD cost) and model number of the radio you will be connecting the interface to you will receive the correct cable at no cost, just an extra $.03 handling charge.

A little info about me:
I've been a ham for over 75 years now. I started out in 1936 with a 100 watt solid state HF transceiver connected to a wooden coat hanger for an antenna and a terrycloth bath towel as a counterpoise. My first few contacts were through the Nazi Germany amateur radio satellite, Adolf1. I even contacted someone that claimed to be "Adolf" but I never received a QSL card from him, so I'm not sure who it really was. I later experimented with a liquid state transceiver but the contacts were too fluid and difficult to maintain, had a lot of gurgling and bubbling interference (GBI). Eventually I ended up with the much more reliable and state-of-the-cartoon Tube-O-Valve radio put out by Halfkit. Put it together myself from one of their kits. Over the decades since I have experimented with many different transmission and receiving modes and circuits, including much experimenting with the short lived quadricherry spitapit quadruple sideband oscisooner circuit. The CWSBrec add-on module is loosely based on it. I have perfected it by modifying the oscisooner circuit and eventually ended up with an oscisoonerlater circuit. It is incorporated into the CWSBrec and works very, very well. It has allowed me to make contacts to all seven blocks in my neighborhood in a very short time. Still waiting on QSL cards though, and none of the contacts seem to want to use the American Radio Reality League's Logbook Of The Block system. So, I may never have them confirmed.

So, if you want to truly have fun and generate a top score in the Poisson d'Avril Contest you really must get the CWSBrec. The cost is quite a bit less than the USA's national debt so it should be affordable by most independently wealthy amateurs. Any other amateur should be able to contact Bill Gates to get the financing to purchase one. Just email me and I'll forward your loan request to him, he's a personal friend of mine, I've known him since 1946. Even if you don't use the CWSBrec try to have fun. You probably won't be able to contact anyone, but you can always yell at the radio. Maybe a neighbor will yell back, you never know...

Thanks, 74
Diputz Toidee WX8PDA
[email protected]
Reply Analog Devices PR Dept
4:18 PM on April 1, 2012 
Analog Devices, employer of Norman Grant, K1DG, announced today that they have developed a new single 8 pin chip transceiver to operate all modes and bands for exclusive use during the popular amateur radio operating event called the "Poisson d'Avril Contest".

The chip will be available to qualified amateur operators for the 2013 event. The qualification process will be supervised by K1AR who cannot operate in the contest and therefore can be truly objective in the selection of recipients. The chip is capable of 1 KW output on all bands and modes for a period of 5ms before it is incinerates but according to the AD news release, the processor in the chip is so powerful, it will make a minimum of 2500 Poisson d' Avril Q's before it incinerates.

The cost of the chip will be $401,000.
Reply Dick K4XU
5:53 PM on March 31, 2012 
Way to go, Doug!
I like a guy who knows what he wants, and gets it.
Reply K8MR
7:48 AM on March 31, 2012 
You killed Johnny you bastards.
Reply NF4A
3:35 PM on March 30, 2012 
Congrats to Norman Grant for winning this year's Poisson d' Avril!
Reply Scott W3TX
3:31 PM on March 30, 2012 
Congrats to K1DG on another win! There are few things in life, like this, that one can count on!!
Reply Tony HK1AR
3:20 PM on May 25, 2011 
I remember the first "P'da" contest when I worked DG on 10 meter SSB - it was my only Q but I think I came in second - no one every told me?? You know who won. The summary of results from this years' event REALLY FUNNY!! Looking forward to next year when I'll probably not be able to operate.
Reply Scot
11:49 AM on April 3, 2011 
$1.00 because I already know who the winner is! Best results.
Reply Warren, W4WR
8:23 PM on April 1, 2011 
I'm surprised I'm not banned for life - but thanks for the reprieve. I guess you forgot about the year (maybe 20 years ago) that Barry Onigman, N1DNU (from HRO in Salem) and I (under the call of WB1HBB) sent you, along with our log, a large fish (French, of course) on ice by UPS. I imagine by the time it was delivered, it was pretty ripe. I suppose you were so mad, that there was never a mention made of the incident. Best contest ever!