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Memorial Day BBQ, 10 HAM ESSENTIALS!

Memorial Day BBQ, 10 HAM ESSENTIALS!

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Memorial Day is a cherished opportunity for Ham Radio Operators to celebrate, remember, and enjoy some quality time on the airwaves and around the grill. Here's how you can tune into the perfect BBQ experience this Memorial Day, ensuring everything from your grill to your radio is set up for success.

1. Recommended Cuts of Meat

For the Grill Master: Elevate your BBQ with a selection of meats that are sure to impress. Go for a grand Tomahawk steak, versatile ribeyes, sirloins for the steak aficionados, and flank steaks for delicious fajitas. Don’t forget baby back ribs and even some fried chicken for variety. These choices cater to all tastes, ensuring everyone leaves satisfied.

2. Grilling Veggies and Sides

Balanced Array: Complement your meats with grilled veggies like bell peppers, carrots, and asparagus, and classic sides like pasta salad and potato salad. These sides are not only nutritious but also offer a colorful feast for the eyes.

3. Solid Marinades and Brushes

Flavorful Connections: Create a connection through flavor with marinades that resonate with your Ham community. Think bourbon-infused BBQ sauce or a spicy chipotle rub. Use a high-quality basting brush to apply these flavors liberally, ensuring every bite is as memorable as a clear radio transmission.

4. Grill Maintenance and Tools

Tuning Your Equipment: Just as you’d maintain your radio, keep your grill in top shape. Ensure you have a sturdy grill brush, a reliable meat thermometer, and perhaps a side smoker for adding that smoky depth to your meats. Cleaning and preparing your grill is as crucial as tuning your radio for the perfect signal.

5. Wood and Pellets

Select Your Frequency: Choose the right type of wood or pellets to match the meats you’re grilling. Hickory and mesquite offer strong flavors suitable for beef, while apple and cherry woods impart a milder, sweeter touch perfect for chicken.

6. Beverages for All

Quenching the Thirst: Stock up on a selection of beverages that cater to everyone. For the adults, consider a craft beer with robust flavors or a bourbon that complements your BBQ. For non-drinkers, root beers or artisan sodas can add a festive touch.

7. Family Activities for Ham Operators

Radio and Recreation: Set up a special station for making contacts with other Hams celebrating Memorial Day. It's also a great chance to introduce your hobby to kids and grandkids. Organize a mini "field day" with radio demonstrations and simple contacts to spark interest in the younger generation.

8. Seating Arrangements

Comfortable Communications: Provide ample seating for your guests. Arrange everything from cozy lawn chairs for intimate chats to larger picnic tables that can accommodate families of 3 to 8. Ensure everyone has a comfortable spot to enjoy their meal and join in the radio fun.

9. After Dark Activities

Nighttime Signals: As the day fades, light up the night with glow sticks or a bonfire. Continue the fun with some night-time radio operations, which can often yield surprisingly distant contacts due to changes in atmospheric conditions.

10. Cleanup Operations

Efficient Aftermath: Post-BBQ cleanup is essential. Have plenty of garbage bags, recycling bins, and compost options ready. Consider eco-friendly disposables or a set of dedicated BBQ dishware to make cleanup as efficient as possible, letting you get back to your radio operations swiftly.


This Memorial Day, let your BBQ be a beacon for good times, good food, and great radio connections! With your grill tuned as finely as your radio, you’re all set to host a memorable day that celebrates both your passions and your community!

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