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Hi, this is Bruce Blain, K1BG

Is your email address on QRZ.com up to date?  Check.  You'd be surprised at how many email adresses bounce.

My first experience with Amateur Radio came in 1958 (at the age of 4) when Jim W1GPN (SK) showed my dad his hamshack. I was first licensed in 1968 as WN1KBG (Canton, MA), and became WA1KBG in 1969. I changed my callsign to K1BG in 1977.

During the two years I lived in England I was G4WJQ and I've also operated as VP2V/K1BG.

These shots from Bing show the QTH. Click on the curved arrows to change the view.


Email me at QRZ@blainfamily.com and you will get a return email.

As a note, I reply to QSL cards 100%, but I have had problems with computer log files (meaning that there are some lapses). I have received a number of QSL requests for QSO's that simply are NOT IN MY LOG.  If you are not in my log, I will reply via email to let you know.  Direct QSLs get a direct reply, cards via the buro go back via the buro (and you may have to wait for my next buro mailing).  I upload to LoTW several times a year.



In late 2013 I had a quick QSO with Shin, JA1NUT.  I later read his QRZ.com page (http://www.qrz.com/db/JA1NUT), where he says the following:  "My worry about CW operation in ham radio is that they won't converse with this mode any longer. But CW seems to have become only a tool to make as many contacts as possible. CW is nowadays a kind of game. It has become a meaningless symbol system for games. It is not just an argument between ragchewing and contesting/DXing. It is concerning about the essence of this mode."

Shin's few sentences had a profound effect on me.  When I first got into ham radio, it was all about making contacts and SPEAKING with people.  Over time, it morphed into DXing and contesting, and not much else.  Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with DXing or contesting.  It's just that there was so much more that I was missing.  Conversational CW, where I get to really make friends and get to know the people I am communicating with.

The upshot of this is that my code speed has improved way beyond what I thought possible (after 46 years an old dog can learn new tricks).  I've converted both amps to QSK (I get it now).  And I've made a lot of friends that I never knew.  For me, conversational CW (good old rag chewing) has taken a great hobby and made it better.  Shin is 100% right, and if you take the time to read this, I hope you will give it a try.


And thank you Shin.

Bruce, K1BG

PS.  BTW, for you phone operators out there, THE SAME HOLDS TRUE.

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