Merry Christmas!

Today, I spent a lot of time on 20m CW, making eight contacts in about 3 hours of operating time. What can I say? I like to rag chew.

My first contact this morning was with Patrick, NY2PO. Guess what he does for a living? Yep, he’s a New York City police officer.

One of my contacts this afternoon was with Esther, KA4IFF, who happens to be one of the founders of FISTS. She is FISTS #11! She had a great fist, too, especially for someone who is 86 years old.

My shortest contact of the day was with VE6CCC. I heard him calling CQ, and he was kind of weak, but I’d never worked anyone with a suffix containing the same character three times, so I called him. Unfortunately, the conditions only got worse and we were unable to continue the QSO.

PET PEEVE: Operators who spell out the word “WATTS” instead of using the abbreviation “W”.


  1. Love your web site/blog. Found it after I worked Esther KA4IFF and googled her call and saw the neat things you had to say about the lady.
    I emailed all my ham friends (even non cw’ers) — I was so proud — and included your comments. Hope you don’t mind.
    I love Ten Tec, but I was on Roy Neal, K6DUE’s, old TS-940SAT I’ve had for 20-years or so. Love it too. I’m 67 — but work 2 hours a day on the TV morning show.
    Keep up your good work. You inspire more hams than you know.
    Thanks —

    randy K4LJA in Monroe, Louisiana

  2. Dan KB6NU says:

    Thanks for your kind words, Randy. I’ve been doing this for more than four years now, and I’m going to just keep on plugging away at it.

    73, Dan

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