Saturday, November 19, 2016

Bug Round-up: 19-20 November

Today is the W6SFM (Samuel F. Morse Radio Club) Bug Round-up. It begins at 1500Z today and continues for 24 hours.

From the W6SFM website:

CW enthusiasts wanted a special time to bring bug operators together on the air. In the same spirit as ARRL's Straight Key Night, participants are encouraged to make simple, conversational, “chewing-the-fat” QSOs using their bug type key. This is an opportunity to exercise, share and exhibit your personalized fist. This is NOT a contest. Call "CQ BR
"so folks know you are a Bug Roundup Participant.

Time: 1500 UTC Sayurday through 1500 UTC Sunday
Bands: 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, & 10m CW freqs. X.040 MHz – X.050 MHz (IE. 7.045 MHz)
Exchange: Name, QTH, RST, plus your Bug manufacturer, model, age and any features or history about it.

A live chat/spotting website will be online during the event.

I'll be using my 1914 Blue Racer and KX2, perhaps with the KPA500 also online if conditions warrant.

I won't be trying to exaggerate the fact that I'm using a bug, nor will I strive to achieve "perfect code" with a 1:3 dot/dash ratio as one blogger boringly suggests. We aren't machines. Bugs allow the uniqueness of each operator to be presented in much the same way that voice pitch, intonation and other characteristics allow each operator to be an individual on SSB. To strive toward sameness is akin to eating unseasoned food.

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