A Ham Hijinks staff report
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Questions around U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent NPOOTA activation have some Washington insiders vowing to prevent the contacts from being confirmed.
According to White House activity logs, Obama – who holds the callsign NØBMA – decided on a spontaneous pizza run Friday afternoon to the Georgetown Pizza Pit. After finishing a Chicago-style pie and boxing up the leftovers to bring home to his family, the president spent 45 minutes in the parking lot making 37 contacts. A spokesman says Mr. Obama uploaded the contacts to Logbook of the Globe upon arriving back to the White House.
Republicans immediately began questioning the validity of the contacts. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the QSOs are no good. “The antenna was 12 feet from the pizza oven, a clear violation of the rules, thus voiding any contacts,” said McConnell.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, holding the party line, remains firm in saying, “we will not confirm any of the QSOs until after the new president is in place next year, even for those that included green stamps in QSL envelopes.”
At a Sacramento rally yesterday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump weighed in on the NPOOTA issue. “People are asking me about NPOOTA. They have questions. And I will say this: it’s a huge project. Everywhere I go, people are asking about pizza oven activations. It’s crazy. Make no mistake, they are being activated,” said Trump.
A spokesman says NPOOTA has “reenergized the president’s interest in ham radio and he plans to chase pizza oven activations for the remainder of his term” using a G5RV recently installed at the White House.