NRRL Documents Show Discord Over NPOOTA
By K5KVN, on the scene
NEWINGSTEAD, VT — Recently uncovered documents from a National Radio Retransmission Legion (NRRL) meeting in 2015 show discord over what kind of on-air event the group should sponsor in 2016. The records show a bewildered discussion about what, precisely, should be activated. Ham Hijinks obtained the meeting records though an anonymous source who wasn’t authorized to speak about the NRRL’s strategic planning process.
“We unsuccessfully tried several methods to pick something – throwing darts at pieces of paper on the wall, pin the tail on the activation and rock-paper-scissors. We ruled out a CW battle when we discovered four out of the five participants were no-code Techs,” said the source.
Pizza ovens, of course, were chosen. The popular National Pizza Ovens On The Air (NPOOTA) year-long event has proven to be a tremendous success, with more than 800,000 activation QSOs submitted to Logbook of the Globe and more than 6,500,000 calories consumed. President Obama got into the action, as well.
The question remains about how and why pizza ovens were chosen. The documents reveal other ideas that were considered which have not been made public until now:
– Parks; ruled out because “hams don’t get outdoors much.”
– Golden Corral; ruled out because “hams would never leave.”
– Radio Shack stores; ruled out because “there aren’t many left and they only have cell phones and batteries.”
It remains to be seen what, if anything, the NRRL will do next year to top NPOOTA. NRRL officials didn’t return emails, phone calls or traffic through the NTS nets requesting comment.