One handed Sprint

K2SG at K2SG at
Tue Feb 21 08:55:39 EST 1995

After 39 years in the hobby I entered my first Sprint this year. 
Unfortunately for me I had developed an arthritic thumb joint in my 
keying hand.  Two days before the Sprint my thumb swelled up from
the wrist up, what to do?   

Since I was using NA,  I reprogrammed several  F keys to handle 
requests for repeats should they be necessary and two different
reports to handle the calling or being called conventions.

After an hour or so I finally got into the rhythm of the Sprint and had 
mucho fun.  This really wasn't a one handed Sprint since I was able
to use 9 fingers most of the time to type but not being able to use 
my key, it seemed one handed. (smile)   I may have a few more 
typo's then usual but I really didn't expect to win anyway.

Did I have fun?  You bet I did!  Was this the ultimate test of my 
skills?  Not really, great CW ops, easy to copy, strong signals,
mostly familiar calls, no annoying QRM and NO fatigue.  
Grrrrreat S&P practice!   I agree with Larry, K7SV that a Low
Power catagory would be desirable especially since this is a 
domestic contest.  

There has been a lot of flaming about which contests are the best 
test of ones skills.  As someone st  


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