I had a very pleasant QSO on 40 Meters tonight with Crit, K4BXN who hails out of Hendersenville, NC. Crit was using his Ten Tec Omni to a doublet and was manning his bug. I would've sworn on a stack of bibles that he was using a keyer and paddles - that's how smooth his fist was!
I am very respectful of and admire anyone who can make a bug sound so good! I don't do too badly on a bug, but I am a "green behind the ears" rookie compared to the likes of K4BXN. I do want to get that good someday, so I have decided to try and get back in the groove, as it were. I am going to drop the keyer and paddles for a bit and will make a conscious effort to improve the smoothness of my fist on my Vibroplex.
While it's nice to listen to the "perfection" of an electronic keyer, it is also nice to listen to the richness and "human-ness" of a good op on a bug. I have to admit, though, that it can also be painful to listen to someone who doesn't practice and who doesn't make an effort to be as good as possible. I don't want to be accused of falling into the second category; so I will stop being lazy for a while and will put a bit more effort into my bugsmanship.
I have been inspired!
See? You never know just who and what you are going to run into on any given moment on the bands. That's what makes this hobby such a hoot!
72 de Larry W2LJ
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