The mailman was good to W2LJ today! The Ladder-Grabber arrived today as well as the Vibroplex bug weights (which I never DID find, BTW - although I'm certain they'll pop up now!). I have a meeting tonight; or else I'd be down in the basement playing with the Bug-Napper that Rich WB9LPU sent me. That will be my treat to look forward to tomorrow night. I will let you all know how it goes; and maybe I can even post some video.
I've gotten some nice comments about last night's post referencing the importance of spacing in sending good code. I have to relate this. About an hour or so after I posted that, I was back on 40 Meters working Randy K7TQ as K6JSS/7 (I posted that as a "PS"). After working him, I was listening to a Ham (I'm so sorry that I did not catch the call sign) on down the band who had the most beautiful fist I've heard in such a long time. He was sending between 35-40 WPM (that's the "fringe zone" for me); but it was sent so wonderfully that the words were just popping into my brain like I was reading a printed page. I don't think it was keyboard sending as the gent made a few mistakes so you could tell he was sending with either paddles or perfectly with a bug.
What a delight! And the other person that he was communicating with was no slouch, either. They both sent beautifully and it was just a pleasure to listen to this ragchew between two really superb fists. You could tell these two folks have taken a lot of time and have given a lot of effort to perfect their craft.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!