Dear Lowfers ...
... being in the middle of the christmas rush and looking forward to a
couple of relaxing days and quality time with my family, I just let the
past 350 days of LF activity pass by.
I worked nearly 40 stations during the past 50 weekends, which means, that
I don't really mind if a Slow-CW QSO takes minutes, hours or even a day,
its the fun that counts. I will try Rik's Diversity Slow-CW next year, not
to save time but to try something new. I always enjoyed the Slow-CW signals
slowly passing by on my screan, and even my kids (6 and 9 year old) try to
identify the signals, as soon as they apprear on the screen, dot by dot,
dash by dash.
If I need a good communication link between here and, lets say, OH (my ODX
QSO so far), I simply change to 80, 40 or 30m, I can operate all bands and
normal CW up to 30 wpm, or RTTY, or PSK31, or SSTV, I have a 2-element beam
antenna for 30m and a 3-element for 20m and up ... so working dx around the
world is no problem ... but I still love LF, its slow, its difficult, its
challenging, and its a place to relax, meet friendly ops and have a QSO
besides other activities. That is MY reason, why I love Slow-CW ... and
still have fun with normal CW-QSOs from time to time.
Wishing you all a relaxed and peaceful Christmas, and a very happy,
succesful new year with a lot of QSOs on LF in whatever mode YOU prefer.
Geri, DK8KW (W1KW)