We were a covey of neebes trying to master Morse code in order to earn our general class amateur radio operator’s license. And we were stuck on the ten-word plateau. The elusive thirteen kept it’s distance until someone mentioned King Arthur’s Round Table. I’m sure the suggestion was made in jest, but the idea flourished. And it helped
Live, on frequency, and in code, we created a virtual table with seating to accommodate all who wished to join in.
QJR, it was called. It was an acronym for Quick John Run. Potty breaks were no allowed. And to enforce that rule the person next in line send his message, or ask his questions could declare a roll call. Everyone was obligated to reply to their call sign with HR (here). If there was no response the game was terminated by sending QJR.
Our record of uninterrupted Morse code lasted 4 hours and 35 minutes

5 thoughts on “QJR

    • Scott says:

      Thanks. That was during 1989. I owned a Swan 400 that drifted like a Hotwater 8. People Army MARS called it the swooping swan. Fun filled days.

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      • My first receiver was a used almost antique radio that also showed severe problems with drift. Luckily the kind dealer took it back and gave a full refund. My first reliable rig was a hybrid Yaesu FT 200. It provided many hours of fun, until my interest switched to computers.


      • Scott says:


        My Heathit DX-20 was rockbound on 40m. By the time I earned my general I had QSL cards for all 50 states with 20w and a dipole. I still have the old transmitter. On Christmas Eve I QSOed with a ham using a rockbound DX-40.

        My radio days began in the mid-50s while fixing radios on the flight decks of B-52s young 200w and an antenna designed for airborne use.

        73 de Scott, n7net

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