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Got into the hobby around 1997. Found cw was my favourite mode, even tho I learned it the wrong way. (Should have learned it by sound, not sight). Anyway, I started with a straight key, and have pretty much kept with one. Never found a liking for a keyer, but eventually got fairly comfortable with a bug, so tend to work cw with either a straight key or bug.... (Bug mostly). Tried my hand with a cootie, but that was a disaster, so gave up on that pretty quick. I admire those ops that can make a cootie and/or bug sound like a keyer... I am not one of them! Somewhere between 0 and about 20 wpm seems to be ok for my ability.... (if I actually want to copy and send reasonably well). 

I am a member of the SKCC (Straight Key Century Club).. a fine group of cw ops with a wide variety of talent in both the morse code and technical ability. The club encourages mechanical cw sending...(Straight key, Bug, cootie, or just tapping a couple of wires together).. and no stipulations on cw speed or ability. (I fit right in) You can check them out HERE.

Not a contester,  pretty much just a cw ragchewer.

Radio is Yaesu FT-950 running barefoot at 100 watts or less

Antenna is inverted V - apex up about 23 feet (maybe 25) on a chimney mount.

Guess that's about it.....nothing exciting.

Bill VA5CW


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