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Author Topic: I did it... !  (Read 6429 times)
OZ1LRI
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« on: February 21, 2013, 02:30:49 PM »

Just had my very first CW QSO. If one could call that a QSO ha ha..  Cheesy

Didn't get the nice guys name right, and didn't get all jotted down right,
man was that a scary experience.

Suddenly i seemed to go completely blank, couldn't form letters right and so on.

Anyway managed to get the essentials and confirming QSL exchange.

The fellow UT5UIA , Serge was VERY patient. He must have laughed hard  Cheesy Cheesy

So, that was just my experience i wanted to share...


73 de OZ1LRI
Dennis
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N5RDE
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2013, 02:37:15 PM »

FB!

In a month you will be dashing them off like a champ!
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2013, 04:42:00 PM »

Quote from:  link=topic=88263.msg654933#msg654933 date=1361485849
Just had my very first CW QSO. If one could call that a QSO ha ha..  Cheesy

Didn't get the nice guys name right, and didn't get all jotted down right,
man was that a scary experience.

Suddenly i seemed to go completely blank, couldn't form letters right and so on.

Anyway managed to get the essentials and confirming QSL exchange.

The fellow UT5UIA , Serge was VERY patient. He must have laughed hard  Cheesy Cheesy

So, that was just my experience i wanted to share...


73 de OZ1LRI
Dennis

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

CW will always be a special mode...WELCOME to the club!!

KB2HSH
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2013, 04:54:58 PM »

Congrats on getting that first one behind you.  For most of us, that is an unforgettable experience.  You may also have made Serge's day, because many hams find that helping a new op through that Big Number One brings back the excitement of their own first contact.   73

Gary, K9ZMD
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K8AXW
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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2013, 10:05:49 PM »

Dennis..... sounded like the typical first CW QSO!  Congratulations.  The first is always the most difficult.

The main difference between yours and mine was I got my sweaty hand across the key on my cathode keyed transmitter and damn near electrocuted myself!

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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2013, 12:29:08 AM »

Congratulations!! Grin No going back now. I thought I would still operate on the phone portions of the bands. I could handle it. I had it under control.  Wink

Turns out that since that first CW QSO in March 2012 about 95% of my qsos have been CW. I even joined FISTS and SKCC....
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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2013, 01:42:39 AM »

The first is always the most difficult.

...except when it isn't. Lately, my hand has decided to develop a tremor the moment I'm actually keying on air. Keying goes to the dogs. Lucky if I can get "5NN TU 73 EE" out without a dozen errors. Only happens on-air, of course...

73, Rick M0LEP
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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2013, 02:42:35 AM »

Congratulations Dennis , keep at it , it does get easier . Soon everything will start slotting into place and before you know it you will be chatting away wondering what the nerves were about  Smiley

crack on and get some air time under your belt now . one bit of advice though , in some qso's you MAY hear things that make no sense, DON'T automatically think it's your lack of ability to de code , im proficient and i hear stuff all the time that makes no sense or something that's supposed to be one word sent like it's two so it can confuse even seasoned ops ..

i NEVER thought i would crack it , now it's the only mode i use , i don't even know where the mic to my radio is anymore
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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2013, 08:30:00 AM »

The first is always the most difficult.

...except when it isn't. Lately, my hand has decided to develop a tremor the moment I'm actually keying on air. Keying goes to the dogs. Lucky if I can get "5NN TU 73 EE" out without a dozen errors. Only happens on-air, of course...

73, Rick M0LEP

Rick
Take a keyboard. Its worth it.
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« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2013, 09:01:30 AM »

Dennis:  CONGRATULATIONS!  Every ham sweats through that first CW QSO, but it's a great feeling, isn't it?  It gets easier as you keep doing it, and soon you'll be copying in your head and having a great time!

Rick:  Same here.  I'm having some muscle weakness, numbness, and tremor due to a medical problem.  I'm using memory buttons for most of my operating these days, CW & RTTY & PSK.  I'm not much for chatting anyway, and using memory buttons makes it a lot easier. 

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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2013, 10:39:51 AM »

i could read these "first QSO" stories all day long!! Sure puts a smile on my face; and sends me right back to 1978!!

Good job, keep it up!

paul
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« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2013, 10:46:39 AM »

Take a keyboard. Its worth it.

You didn't see my typing immediately after my last CW last QSO, clearly... Wink

73, Rick
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« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2013, 10:53:47 AM »

Rick, if a shot of something strong or opening the key contacts to compensate for the shaky hand, the a keyboard is indeed the way to go.

With arthritis developing in my thumbs pretty bad I see myself slowing down, making more mistakes and not able to carry on 30 minute contacts anymore. 

I see myself using a keyboard in the future, if I'm still living.

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« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2013, 11:27:57 AM »

Just had my very first CW QSO. If one could call that a QSO ha ha..  Cheesy

The fellow UT5UIA , Serge was VERY patient. He must have laughed hard

OZ1LRI Dennis

August, 1960 I had my 1st CW QSO. Remember it well even to this day. As some have already  responded, it does put a smile on my face. And if Serge / UT5UIA reads this forum posting, I have to feel he's smiling also NOT at you but in sharing the excitement and joy of what you've just achieved. You see, Serge at one time also had a 1st CW QSO.

Congratulations! Now get back on the air and make another CW contact! Keep going.
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OZ1LRI
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« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2013, 12:37:31 PM »

Hi all...

Thanks for all the nice words and advice.

Yes. it was a great feeling. Incredibly cool !
I am hooked, thats for sure.  Grin



73,
Dennis
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