Seattle, Washington (IPP) - Senator McCain made a stop yesterday at the nation's largest annual Ham Radio gathering in Seattle, Washington. He promised every ham radio operator at the world famous Hamfest a free radio in 2009 if he is elected.
Up until now it was a very well kept secret that John McCain is a ham radio operator who under the old FCC licensing arrangement had achieved the level of Extra which is the highest license status a person could achieve. His call signs have been K3UIG and K7UGA.
John McCain is capable of receiving morse code or CW at a rate if 67 words per minute which is a very high rate of information to decipher and very difficult to achieve. It is said that John McCain used morse code in Vietnam to communicate with fellow prisoners of war.
There are also stories that when the solar cycle was at its peak in the early 1960's that John McCain and Barry Goldwater used to carry on QSO's while operating TenTec Radios using a mere 1.5 watts. This low power form of communication is known as QRP.