I am beginning to enjoy 40 Meters more and more. No nasty sporadic e (Es) to take afternoon QSO’s into the noise as occurs so frequently on 20 Meters. This morning I again managed to QSO with Shin, JA1NUT on his bug key. I have never been brave enough to try a bug. My Morse efforts have taken the path of least resistance; that is I use a keyer and a paddle. I find that Morse does not come easily to me and requires lots of practice. The purpose of practice is not for speed, although my practice buddy keeps me on my toes by bumping speed up often. No, for me it is to better develop my concentration and mental skills so that I can become more repeatable and consistent on my sending. It seems counter intuitive but I have not had troubles with copying code as much as sending. Every once in a while I think I am on the brink of something wonderful in that I sometimes can think of a sentence and not have to concentrate on the formation character sending. I sometimes can just think of something and it comes out in Morse. But on other occasions, much more frequent occasions, I must concentrate on forming the characters as I also form sentences and that I believe is the root of making errors. Either my mind looses focus or I am unable to think about what is next and send simultaneously. Alas, no one said it would be easy.
This morning was a difficult morning. For the second time in as many weeks, friends or extended family have been delivered news of cancer with an unfavorable prognosis. Young or old, it matters not the age, life gives and takes. It does, however, seem that as we get older, life begins to take more and more. Both will be remembered on local prayer lists.
Part of my conversation this morning with Shin involved raising tomatoes. Spring is renewal time and so thoughts turn to growing things. I think I too will grow some tomatoes this season. I would like to be consumed in new life and fresh growing things to help make life happy.
Thanks for reading my Blog. Best, Chas W7MAP/5