W1HQ Snake Gets Name, Call Sign
With more than 400 votes tallied, the W1HQ snake finally has a name. Sean Kutzko, KX9X, president of The Laird Campbell Memorial HQ Operators Club, announced that the snake not only has a name, but a call sign, as well.
"Members of the club met over lunch to discuss and vote on all the names that were sent in. The winning entry came from Charlie Liberto, W4MEC, of Hendersonville, North Carolina. He, along with former ARRL staffer R. Dean Straw, N6BV, submitted the name Hamaconda. Paul Trotter, AA4ZZ, of Charlotte, North Carolina, submitted H1SS as a name. We liked the idea of the snake having a call sign, so the club decided, out of all the great names and call signs sent in, that Charlie's and Paul's submissions fit our mascot perfectly." Both Liberto and Trotter will receive their choice of an ARRL Handbook, ARRL Antenna Book or ARRL Operating Manual.
Kutzko, the ARRL Contest Branch Manager, was voted in as president of the HQ club at the meeting. ARRL Membership Manager Katie Breen, W1KRB, was selected as vice-president. ARRL Lab Manager and W1HQ Trustee Ed Hare, W1RFI, was selected as the club's technical officer, and ARRL MVP Associate/Production Assistant Carol Michaud, KB1QAW, was selected as club secretary.