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What is the most OM in your log?

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by N7BKV, Oct 13, 2020.

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  1. N7BKV

    N7BKV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Maybe you are him!
    Anyway, I had a wonderful 10 min rag chew with Bill N0FU near San Diego. Bill is 91 years old. Operating for 67 years. Old Navy guy. I hope I can still operate the key and see the radio at that age. Hats off to all you ops closing in on the century mark.

    Speaking of which, has anyone worked an op 100 years or older?

    Brian N
  2. WA9FZB

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    I used to work a 93 year-old ham who had a QRP rig and indoor antenna in a senior-living community a few blocks away from my QTH. He had a better fist on SK than I, and he was decades older.

    Sadly, he is now SK, but I remember chatting on cold winter evenings. Felt like "the old days."
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  3. WB2WIK

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    Never worked anyone sending they were >100 y.o.

    But have worked many ops in their 90s.

    Unfortunately, the old military ops who were trained during WW2 or Korea are leaving us pretty quickly, and not so many left. But in my experience, probably like yours, most of them were really good code ops and a lot of them used bugs, which blows my mind since a keyer is so much easier!

    But they learned on bugs and just kept using them.

    Recently worked a YL op who's pretty old and although she could "copy" code at "any speed" (she actually sent that), she was just starting out with sending code. Not bad, not perfect. She was a code intercept operator in the Army and all her training was in "copying," she never had to send anything.

    When she said "any speed," I ramped mine up to about as fast as I can send (~45-50 wpm) and posed a few questions, which she answered just fine...indicating she really could copy just fine.

    Great fun bumping into such people.
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  4. K6GB

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    I'll agree on the old military ops, I have a friend who still uses his military bug. I logged for him on a field day he's ripping along at 35-40 wpm and says you copying this ok? I said, just say the call and section Bob.
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  5. WL7PM

    WL7PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Worked W1YL on 40 meters one night... I don't know her age, but Ellen was first licensed in 1946.
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  6. WB5YUZ

    WB5YUZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    When I first started working the General CW bands, in 1977, if I worked someone whose age was above 75 or so, and they had a 1x2 call beginning with W, I would ask them if they were the original OP with that call. Often they were!

    I've never worked anyone who was 100, although I have worked plenty in their mid/late nineties. One of the things I dread most is the day I have to leave the radios behind and move into a home. That day is no longer distant...
  7. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Worth Gurley - W7WG - local club member who turned 103 this year

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  8. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    Many in their 90s over the years... can't recall any Centenarions though... but that might be only because I can't recall!
  9. W5WTH

    W5WTH Ham Member QRZ Page

    My personal [know] record is 92 yrs old.
  10. W5BIB

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    I know the feelin' :(
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