I need to follow my own advice

I went downstairs and flipped the K2 on and tuned around 40 Meters – WOW !!!!!!

After a long and full day of work, my brain is simply not ready to wrap around 40 WPM code.  I worked HG3R who was cruising at about 35 WPM and called it a night. Tomorrow, after a good night’s sleep and after the opening hours pandemonium is over, I will be ready to jump into the fray.  Also, during the daylight hours, stations will be spread out more as other bands open.  Seems like right now, everyone is crammed into 40 and 80 Meters.

I’ve been at this Morse game for over 30 years now; and I really admire these guys who can while away at 40 – 50 WPM.  I would love to be able to attain that kind of speed; but right now, it sounds more like a buzz saw than Morse Code.  God bless them, you have to admire and respect that kind of ability.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!

Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “I need to follow my own advice”

  • Garth, KF7ATL:

    I’m impressed that you can do 35 wpm. I would love to be able to do 20! Right now I’m stuck at about 14.

  • Ernest Gregoire, AA1IK:

    I’ve heard these guys, (the 40+wpm guys) calling CQ in a contest for a long time, and getting no replies. Gee!!!! I wonder why~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I dismantled their call, one character at a time,(with great difficulty,and some guess work) and replied to one of them. The guy answered me and we made that QSO. What does it cost them in total Q’s by going that fast? Obviously they gain little if no one replies to them for long periods of time!

    Wouldn’t it be better to operate a little slower and make contacts instead of just sitting there calling and calling with no replies?

    But in every contest, its the same! There are guys who will call and call at a high rate of speed but with no results. I have to ask, Why????

    The whole idea behind the contest is ‘TO MAKE QSO’S’!!!
    Maybe I’m wrong about that!

    de AA1IK

    Ernest Gregoire


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