Welcome to W3NOP

Trustee and QSL to KE3HAY

The number one question that is asked of us while operating is;

Are Y’all really Undertakers?

In short, yes we are. We are all undertakers. As of May 29th, 2009 this clubs consists of 23 Morticians (Our Politically Correct Name), 9 funeral establishment employees and of this mix, 21 are licensed amateur operators.

We started this club to promote amateur radio and to contest.

Usually, undertakers are needed for services that are never pleasant. This club gives us the opportunity to be in the community for positive events and for people to see us as something other than dark figures in the communities we serve. The club trustee is KE3HAY located in Baltimore, MD. All QSL requests should be directed to KE3HAY.

Here is some general Information you may or may not know:

Mortician: one whose business is the management of funerals; funeral undertaker; funeral director

What Does a Mortician Do?

The essential duties of funeral directors extend beyond organizing and orchestrating an event. Funeral directors see their primary role as that of a caregiver. They provide both general and specific support in many ways.Although working with the family is important, handling the body of the deceased is also the funeral director's job. Some families opt for embalming, which involves cleaning and temporarily preserving the corpse. Many funeral directors manage this part of their jobs by concentrating on the service they are providing.

Misconceptions About Funeral Directors

People often have preconceived ideas about jobs involved with funerals.

~ Misconception:Work in funeral services is all about death and grieving.

~ Fact:Funerals involve death and grieving, but they're about much more than that. "There's the stereotype that it's all sad and black," says Colleen Murphy Klein of the National Funeral Directors Association. "But it's really about working with families." Funeral director Randy Molloy agrees. "It's not a sad profession," he says. "A funeral can be about a person who's died, but our job is for the living."

Molloy enjoys what he does, in part because it's a chance to see the good side of people and to support them through a difficult time.

~ Misconception:Funeral directors are morbid.

~ Fact:Most funeral directors are outgoing and people-oriented, not somber and obsessed with death. They strive to make people feel comfortable with an uncomfortable topic, but typically, they aren't drawn to the macabre any more than the average person. In fact, their ordinariness is often an occupational advertisement.

"When people deal with a funeral director and find out that it's a normal person doing a job," says Molloy, "they become interested in the career." What calls many funeral directors to their occupation is the ability to work closely with others. According to Michael Smith of the American Board of Funeral Service Education, "It's not the gory kinds of things people think of that most funeral directors like about their jobs."