The Day Before Christmas
December 1935 QST Article

December 1935 QST

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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from ARRL's QST, published December 1915 - present. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

I saved this poem from the December 1935 edition of the ARRL's QST magazine for now since it might be the last day of work for the year for many people. "The Day Before Christmas" was penned by radio amateur Robert H. Votaw after the manner of the classic "The Night Before Christmas." It is rare to see such a poem printed in a technical magazine these days, but it was fairly common back in the day. To wit: "Ravin" (1942), "Power Supply" (1944), "Pre-Radio" (1944), "A Radioman's Nightmare" (1945). If you happen to be related to or knew Mr. Votaw, please send me a note.

The Day Before Christmas

By Robert H. Votaw, W7WY*

The Day Before Christmas, December 1935 QST - RF Cafe'Twas the day before Christmas,
And all through the shack
None of the floor could be seen-
Not even a crack!
For traffic was plastered
Knee-high on the floor,
And every few minutes
'Twas "QTC more."

The poor op. was sweatin'
O'er "mill" and o'er "stick"-
Couldn't finish one asked
Before his next "trick."

After QSG 5 - My gosh!
What a shock!
"QRM," says the other guy,
"Put in that other 'rock.' "

Three hours later
He leans back with a groan.
Thinking, at last,
He has some time of his own...
But, "CQ, CQ North"
Comes the far-away cry-
The op. tunes him in
With blood in his eye...

Some time later
He pauses to stare-
Hark! The tinkling of bells
Floats out on the air!
Can it be Santa??
Oh, boy! What a sight!
"Ye gods! 'Tis the alarm clock­
I've been working all night!!"

Posted  December 20, 2013