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Author Topic: Relearning to iambic  (Read 7837 times)
N4DSP
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« Reply #30 on: November 19, 2014, 06:58:04 AM »

Licensed in 1968. Straight key for two years then in 1970 switched to a bug and in 1976 iambic was the new thing to do and used it for the next 37 years.

June 2013 became bored with iambic and went back to a bug. Took about  6 months to become polished. Use it now full time. Occasionally I use iambic when operating slow speed qrp cw since the bug cannot perform at that speed. I like the challenge of a bug. I am an active participant using the bug whereas on iambic it's more of a passive roll.

Someday I may go back to iambic. Who know's. Things change.

john
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« Reply #31 on: November 19, 2014, 09:56:54 AM »

Licensed in 1968. Straight key for two years then in 1970 switched to a bug and in 1976 iambic was the new thing to do and used it for the next 37 years.

June 2013 became bored with iambic and went back to a bug. Took about  6 months to become polished. Use it now full time. Occasionally I use iambic when operating slow speed qrp cw since the bug cannot perform at that speed. I like the challenge of a bug. I am an active participant using the bug whereas on iambic it's more of a passive roll.

Someday I may go back to iambic. Who know's. Things change.

john

Your story is ALMOST exactly like mine, but the dates are different. Licensed in 1978, straight key for 6 months then went to Iambic for next 30+ years.
In 2011 I got bored with iambic and went to a bug (for the first time). I use bugs almost exclusively now. I totally agree with the "active participant" vs. passive role thing (especially if iambic is second nature like breathing to you).

Hope to hear you on the air; I have crystals for 7028, 7050, and 7056!

paul
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