By WBØRUR, on the scene
WASHINGTON, D.C. – After months of studying, practice exams and thumbing through the latest Ham Radio Outlet catalog, President Barack Obama has been issued a FCC amateur radio service callsign.
Obama passed the amateur radio “General Class” exam last Sunday at the Delmarva hamfest.
After successfully defending a citizenship challenge from several FCC Commissioners who wanted him to use a 5Z4 callsign, Obama passed the exam with an 86% score.
The chief executive says despite his accomplishment, he’s disappointed in his callsign.
“I was hoping for something more ‘presidential,’” says Obama.
Obama will join the amateur ranks with the call sign: NØBMA.
FCC spokesman Robert Thorndyke declined comment, except to say, “Wait until you see what we have planned for Jeb Bush.”
You can work President Obama at 1800 UTC Thursdays when he checks into the White House Roundtable Net on 14.242 MHz SSB.