By K5KVN, on the scene
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Traffic along Hillshire Avenue came to a halt yesterday as curious drivers stopped to see Father Henry McGuire suspended high above the Cuesta Verde neighborhood in a scissor lift.
O’Hara asked Father McGuire to “drive out the demons” that have prevented him from talking to distant amateur radio stations. The pair dubbed the activity a “DXorcism,” which involved throwing holy water on a Rohn tower and a Cushcraft beam antenna.
“Trust me, this was a last resort,” said O’Hara. “Finding pea soup in my cantenna was the last straw.”
He says strange occurrences have been happening in his shack for more than a year. “My beam turns all by itself! My buddies say it’s an electrical wiring problem, but I know it’s paranormal.”
“And, last week I was trying to work some RTTY, expecting a 599 signal report, but the screen printed 666. My wife says I need glasses, but it really freaked me out,” said O’Hara.
He says he’s not ready yet to call the procedure a success. His first contact following the DXorcism was a special event station in Death Valley.