Ferd, KA2PYQ, is a strange character that inhabits the fringes of shortwave radio society. Ferd is notable for attempting to do a radio show with the notorious Bozo.
In September 2006, it was announced that Ferd and Bozo were to co-host a radio show on WBCQ called "Fix Your Radio." However, just prior to the show's initial (and as it would turn out, only) broadcast, Fred announced that Bozo had "dropped out" of the show after directing some comments of a personal nature his way:
20 hours before the show, I had to turn Jay down on a lazy, sexy offer. Terrible.
During the radio broadcast, Bozo repeatedly attempted to break into the telephone line Ferd was using to feed the show to WBCQ, but to no avail. Sound bytes from this episode ended up in the pirate community rather quickly and became the inspiration for Voice of Bozo and other pirate radio shows.
Several weeks after the "Fix Your Radio" fiasco, Bozo commented on Allan Weiner's radio show that Ferd was "some kind of a homophobe."
Ferd sends incomprehensible messages to radio journalists such as Glenn Hauser, who once commented that he "likes to talk in riddles." This classic segment from DX Listening Digest 6-134, dated September 6, 2006, documents the Fix Your Radio affair.
** U S A. New show on WBCQ from Sunday Sept 10: N S S 10. "Fix Your Radio by, Fred Jodry & Jay Smilkstein" Time, 3 PM E~ST (1 Hour), 7415 Kc. Listeners are invited to call in at the beginning of the hour to sell radios & parts, call in for technical advice, thereafter, & call in their wishwant list at the end of the show. Listeners can mail in circuit diagrams, questions, and other "homework & preparation" to Jay`s address. Jay Smilkstein, [deleted: Smilkstein backed out just before airtime] (Fred Jodry, Aug 29, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Presumably means 3 pm EDT = 19-20 UT Sundays on 7415. I have no idea what `N S S 10`` mean, but Fred likes to talk in riddles (gh, DXLD)
Ferd is incoherent:
Otherwise, the digital crowd will do the opposite. The ARRL RM- 11306 suggestions on the last two pages are, 47C.F.R._S 97.309(a) and (b) : Using published digital codes to facilitate communications, then log and measure them. It looks pretty good. The novices should not be ghettoed. They should be amongst the veterans. Bandwidth limitations especially on `phone are pretty ludicrous. If you`re just bragging in the jam, it`s all right to put a sock over the mivcrophone, add mic cable, turn the Chebyshev turret switch clockwise, dig into a roundtable/ ragchew, switch to sideband or another band, or just get off! (listening or not) It`s not your turn. That`s the American way . If it`s grass on the panadapter and you`re feeling selfless, do the opposite. Take off the sock, turn the Chebyshev counterclockwise, raise the antenna a branch, get more than two of the other operators rolling, showing off their families and birds, (or tone CW on 10 metres, a hint), put the Ham TV on a Shadbolt pattern and tones, then work pictures, and finally, put the Cathedral Radio in the back of the car, play said same, go to the store for shoes, and see who gets curious, and, Oh by the way, someday you`ll be chewing skin for shoes, so enjoy life whilst you can. Fred Jodry, KA2PYQ …_._
Ferd is really incoherent:
Anyway, I won`t be trying to head towards suggested Ponderosa this year, however since it`s only 9 days before Near- Fest, it would be much- appreciated, (some money is offered by me) if a ride (some goods carried on my lap both ways) is available to me. Answers to, e d u c a t i o n a l b r o a d c a s t i n g @ h o t m a i l . c o m . It`s rather likely there`s no time to mail me an answer by real mail, by now. As far as the name, "hoss` traders", it`s pretty hard to forget (or realize) that the name`s not h` anymore, because I and anyone certainly remember slapping those painful SGergErytqeyryJr6-eous, black flies as we`re near the horse stalls as we go from table to table, tailgate to tailgate, although, standing in one place isn`t so bad because we`re running across Northern black flies, not Southern horse flies. Even though one tends to yell their species name, IN LATIN, when we`re bit, it`s a lot better than coming home to future generations or mere selves without Radio building parts and the guilt of not thoughtfully selling off some things others could use in their corner of our wonderful hobby, and the joy of working someone on the air after, as they use something we sold them. Hurray for the Hamfest, Mike in particular, and the new name, Near- Fest. My land post on top.
Please don`t put my Ham Radio call of KA2PYQ on the outside of the envelope anywhere as it seems to make the government post office take the letters as their souvenir.