A short story

Fiftenn meters has been in the best shape for the past days. On the quiet band, stations from the East Coast have called me in a chain.

Jack W4TJE gave me a call with a big signal from VA. When I heard him using stacked Yagis, I asked him if he was a contester. He answered no and hated contests. His main concern seemed to be DXing. I told him I had lost interests in DXing in addition to contests years ago. And I also told him I enjoy listening others telling me their stories now. 

He would like to tell me a short story. Regretting his having spent his young days on SSB, he would be a CW operator for now. Since he is already a perfect CW operator, it might mean he would concentrate on CW activities from now.

I answered he had come along the right track of a ham. Soon he would enjoy only ragchewing on CW.

What good cinditions and what a nice small talk on CW!


  1. Onisawa-san,

    You are so right about the simple beauty of CW/Morse code! I have worked in 'high-tech' for my entire career, yet do not enjoy the technically sophisticated and complicated modes to relax and 'chat' with friends on the radio: Instead, the simple Morse code is my choice. It is such an elegant and efficient way to communicate. If other radio hams enjoy different things, and do not cause unnecessary interference, then this is fine for them, but it's CW for me too.

    By the way, you heard my very weak and TINY QRP 2 Watt signal on 20 meters, two days ago, only using a home made 63 inch diameter magnetic loop antenna. Congratulations on your good ears and fine antennas!

    73 & QRX de Ray ..._ ._

    1. Ray,

      Thanks for the comment. Morse code is simple and musical. The rhythm and spacing are unique for the sender. When it comes through the ionophore reflection, it won't help catching our mind with it. I believe you are enjoying it in this way. Let's go on enjoying it. See you again soon.