A Ham Hijinks staff report
WASHINGTON, D.C. – After months of studying, practice exams and searching for the right frame for his long-anticipated license, Hobby Lobby CEO Derrick Brown has been issued a FCC amateur radio service callsign.
Brown passed the amateur radio “General Class” exam Monday at an Oklahoma City club meeting, the same day the Supreme Court issued a ruling in support of his retail chain’s desire to not cover certain contraceptives in its insurance plan.
Emerging from the VE test session immediately after learning of the court decision, a defiant Brown said, “Not only does the SCOTUS support our position, so does the FCC. And to be clear, that’s the missionary position.”
The CEO says despite his accomplishment, he’s disappointed in his callsign. “I was hoping for something more ‘crafty,’” says Brown.
He will join the amateur radio ranks with the call sign: NOØPIL.
FCC spokesman Robert Thorndyke declined comment, except to say, “We think Hobby Lobby is an excellent place to purchase frames for contest certificates.”
Brown says he plans to do most of his radio operating on Sundays, his only day off. You can work him at 1800 UTC Sundays when he checks into the Macreme Makers Net on 14.242 MHz SSB.
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