Ham Club Squabble Over Field Day Prep Ends With Fisticuffs
By WBØRUR, on the scene
GOLDEN SPIKE, Montana – The monthly meeting of the Gold Diggers Amateur Radio Club ended abruptly last night at the local Sizzler when insults and yeast rolls were hurled.
Lou Rodden, the club president, says it began as the club was discussing Field Day preparations.
“We just made it through the first trip to the buffet line when it escalated out of control. There’s bad blood and tension among members after the fiasco of last year.”
Previously, club members brought “pot-luck” food and shared their contributions with others. However, last year, the club majority voted to cater a meal, rather than prepare on-site.
“Unfortunately, Junior Brown – the person responsible for the catering last year – forgot to order it. It was like working QSOs at a funeral wake after that,” says Rodden.
Watonga County Sheriff’s Deputy “Diamond Jim” Simpson investigated the disturbance at the Sizzler last night.
“Someone said quote, ‘Eat hearty. There won’t be any food at Field Day if Junior is involved.'”
“It really was a mess. They knocked $50 worth of sirloin tips off the cutting board, landed a big cloverleaf roll in the French dressing and spilled two pots of vegetable soup onto an elderly lady celebrating her 80th birthday.”
No arrests were made, but the group was issued a warning for unruly conduct and advised to hold meetings elsewhere from this point forward.
Rodden says they’ll resume Field Day discussions tomorrow when the club meets at St. Mary Francis Parochial School at 7:00 p.m.