Wouff Hong? What's That? (Initiation at Raleigh Hamfest)

Wouff Hong? What's That? (Initiation at Raleigh Hamfest)

Post by Gary Pearce KN4 » Sun, 22 Mar 1998 04:00:00

     The Royal Order of the Wouff Hong.  Are you a member of our Order?  


                         And how will you be tested?

No?  Well, then, if you're an ARRL member, it's high time you participate
in the secret initiation and pass through the gate!

But what is the Royal Order of the Wouff Hong?

I can't tell you.  I'm pledged to secrecy.  If I told you, I'd have to kill
you.  And then they'd have to kill me.

It's SO secret, that if you search the ARRL web site for "Wouff Hong," you
turn up only a downloadable picture of the dreaded device itself, and the
fact that there is an initiation ceremony at the National Convention.

You don't have to travel that far - we're holding the secret ceremony the
Saturday night before the North Carolina ARRL State Convention, which
happens to be the RARSfest in Raleigh.  The initiation is Saturday evening,
April 4th, right after the Social.  The hamfest itself is on Sunday, April

But I can tell you this.  From time to time, QST publishes an article
describing the Wouff Hong.  Looking suspiciously like a menacing piece of
driftwood, the Wouff Hong is a wooden device that appeared mysteriously at
League Headquarters many years ago... the 1920's, I believe.  HQ staffers
speculated on it's purpose and origin, and eventually reached the
conclusion that the Wouff Hong is a device somehow meant for punishing hams
who abuse the privilege of their license and the honor of the hobby.  Yes,
there was plenty of lid-like behavior back in those days, too.

If you question how well the Wouff Hong has been working, considering that
there is still plenty of lid-like behavior around today, well, just imagine
how bad things might have gotten if there were NO Wouff Hong!

I can also tell you this -- the initiation ceremony is fairly brief, and
you don't have to stick your hands in any spaghetti-brains or
peeled-grape-eyeballs like on Haloween.

Well, I may already have gone too far.  A long, black car just pulled up
out front, and some big dudes in sunglasses are walking to the door.  Let
me just say that if you value your hobby and want to do all you can to keep
it right and true, and you're an ARRL member, then present yourself at the
"arena" just outside the Social room in the Jim Graham building, just after
the Social on Saturday night, April 4th.  

When we are through with you, you will know how you will be tested.

Please feel free to pass this message on to others.

Gary KN4AQ
Member: ARRL, RARS, Possom-Trot, Royal Order of the Wouff Hong