Dragging my feet a little.

Didn’t do too much today except listen to CW recordings and tonight I will practice my fist on the oscillator. I’m itching to get on the air but just not yet. Maybe in a day or two but I’m not going to wait too long.

I have to see my doctor in the morning at 8:30am! Why did I make it so early?

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Almost forgot to write.

Today was uneventful. Mainly I listened to Morse Code recordings and then practiced a bit with the MFJ practice key and oscillator. I think I have improved a little. It’s funny how that happens. I’ll be about to give up and then one day things seem a little brighter. I thought I would try to get on the air this Tuesday but I’m not sure but hopefully real soon.

Cleaning up the fist.

Today, I spent time getting my rig, a Yaesu FT-450D, and tuner, an MFJ-934, set up together and attaching them both to a ground bus I made out of a small copper pipe attached to a piece of board I found out in the garage. Being upstairs, my shack will have no real ground but I read it’s good to keep the rig and tuner at the same rf voltage by attaching them to the bus. Probably around Monday I’ll hang a 100 foot or so endfed antenna outside from my window to a tree outside.

Second, I spent time “cleaning up my fist” by practicing sending Morse on the MFJ key and oscillator combo. I’m terrible and worse I sometimes lose my train of thought mid sentence. I hope I don’t do that on the air.

I’m hoping to try to make a QSO  (contact) on the 40 meter band this coming Tuesday but we’ll see. I don’t want to push it but I don’t to wait anymore either. I’ve waited long enough and studied Morse on recordings long enough!

Lastly, I started working on my Christmas cards. I don’t have too many but I want to get them out early this year before my mood changes like it sometimes does and then I won’t want to do them. So far this season I’m in good spirits overall. That’s a blessing.