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Title: I did it... !
Post by: OZ1LRI on February 21, 2013, 02:30:49 PM
Just had my very first CW QSO. If one could call that a QSO ha ha..  :D

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  :D :D

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


73 de OZ1LRI
Dennis


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: N5RDE on February 21, 2013, 02:37:15 PM
FB!

In a month you will be dashing them off like a champ!


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: KB2HSH 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..  :D

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  :D :D

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


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: K9ZMD 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
Ridgefield, WA


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: K8AXW 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!



Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: 2E0OZI on February 22, 2013, 12:29:08 AM
Congratulations!! ;D 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.  ;)

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....


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: M0LEP 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


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: M0JHA 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  :)

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


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: PA0BLAH 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.


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: AC4RD 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. 



Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: K3STX 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


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: M0LEP 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... ;)

73, Rick


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: K8AXW 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.



Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: WA2ONH on February 22, 2013, 11:27:57 AM
Just had my very first CW QSO. If one could call that a QSO ha ha..  :D

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.


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: OZ1LRI 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.  ;D



73,
Dennis


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: M0JHA on February 23, 2013, 02:02:14 AM
Dennis , anytime you want to try a sked e mail me , i'm not a million miles from you and my dipole is very good for "localised" stuff ,only work 40m though ..

billy


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: K7KBN on February 23, 2013, 09:04:35 AM
"I did it...!"

Very true; the letter "I" in Morse code is "di dit"!
You'll never forget that letter ... ;D


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: AC2EU on February 23, 2013, 05:53:46 PM
Just had my very first CW QSO. If one could call that a QSO ha ha..  :D

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  :D :D

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


73 de OZ1LRI
Dennis


Thanks for sharing the moment. I too, have recently had my first CW QSO. I had very much the same "blanks" and mistakes while trying to copy the other station. I got every other letter ...if I was lucky.
I'm glad it's not just me...   ;D




Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: M0LEP on February 25, 2013, 02:12:54 PM
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.

It's a matter of being extremely nervous. Same can happen with the keyboard on PSK31 (or wherever), and used to happen even with phone contacts. Only way to get past the shakes is to get past the nervousness. A few hundred QSOs should do it...

Dennis , anytime you want to try a sked e mail me , i'm not a million miles from you and my dipole is very good for "localised" stuff ,only work 40m though ..

...and skeds might be a good way to get some of those few hundred; less pressure and so on.

What are good times and bands (or better, small frequency ranges) for short not too fast rookie QSOs in Europe? (I find 40 metres tends to be a bit of a bear-pit a lot of the time, especially at weekends.)

73, Rick


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: PA0BLAH on February 26, 2013, 03:31:52 AM

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.



Al, I had the same problem. HAD not have it anymore. Look at Glucosamine in google.

Bob


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: NV9L on February 26, 2013, 09:58:04 AM
Congratulations! Well I am taking that very bold leap tomorrow night. I am a CW acedemy student with the CW Ops group and we're supposed to call CQ in their CWT bi-monthly contest. I wish I could hear as fast as I can send. It will probably be a crash and burn experience here too. Glad to see I will not be alone in my adventure. Or should I say mis-adventure? 

Valerie ~ NV9L


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: PA0BLAH on February 26, 2013, 10:11:50 AM
Congratulations! Well I am taking that very bold leap tomorrow night. I am a CW academy student with the CW Ops group and we're supposed to call CQ in their CWT bimonthly contest. I wish I could hear as fast as I can send. It will probably be a crash and burn experience here too. Glad to see I will not be alone in my adventure. Or should I say misadventure?  

Valerie ~ NV9L

Good luck,

It is important to keep the sound of sigs alive that new breed is flowing in.
Don't make the error to sent as fast as you can, don't sent faster then you are able to receive.

Please report here your experience, it will help experienced operators to understand your difficulties.

An experienced operator is by definition a guy or gal that is able to copy faster then they can sent by paddles (and the slower straight key).

Bob


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: AC4RD on February 26, 2013, 10:14:02 AM
Congratulations! Well I am taking that very bold leap tomorrow night. I am a CW acedemy student with the CW Ops group and we're supposed to call CQ in their CWT bi-monthly contest. I wish I could hear as fast as I can send.

Valerie, congratulations!  I bet you'll have a BUNCH of fun!  You might want to try sending your CQ at no faster than you can copy, so people know what your comfortable working speed is.  But more important is to get out there, give it a try, and have some fun!  You'll miss a few letters here and there, I still do after 24 years, but I promise you, you'll have a great time!  73 GL!  -ken


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: K8AG on February 26, 2013, 12:49:32 PM
Fantastic!!!!

On my first QSO I was gripping my cheap key so hard it came apart.  I touched parts together to finish.

Now I do 99% CW.

73, JP, K8AG


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: OZ1LRI on February 27, 2013, 05:54:01 AM
Congratulations! Well I am taking that very bold leap tomorrow night. I am a CW acedemy student with the CW Ops group and we're supposed to call CQ in their CWT bi-monthly contest. I wish I could hear as fast as I can send. It will probably be a crash and burn experience here too. Glad to see I will not be alone in my adventure. Or should I say mis-adventure? 

Valerie ~ NV9L

Good luck Valerie...!

I sent somewhat slower than i can copy. I think that was a very good idea. If i had sent as fast as i can copy,
i don't think i could have completed the qso. Better to have some margin i think. My counterpart did send a little faster than i did so...

But, best of luck. You will love it :-)

Dennis


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: OZ1LRI on February 27, 2013, 05:54:44 AM
Dennis , anytime you want to try a sked e mail me , i'm not a million miles from you and my dipole is very good for "localised" stuff ,only work 40m though ..

billy


Thanks Billy, i just might do that...:-)

Dennis


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: NV9L on February 27, 2013, 04:35:27 PM
Good luck Valerie...!

I sent somewhat slower than i can copy. I think that was a very good idea. If i had sent as fast as i can copy,
i don't think i could have completed the qso. Better to have some margin i think. My counterpart did send a little faster than i did so...

But, best of luck. You will love it :-)

Dennis
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That's great advice on sending slower than I can receive. We have to learn using a straight key (while my brand new paddle collects dust) so sending slow should be easy. Not loving it...yet. The word right now is terrified. I think I will always enjoy phone, since SSB give me that 5db YL advantage.  :D


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: NV9L on March 01, 2013, 11:33:09 AM
Congratulations! Well I am taking that very bold leap tomorrow night. I am a CW academy student with the CW Ops group and we're supposed to call CQ in their CWT bimonthly contest. I wish I could hear as fast as I can send. It will probably be a crash and burn experience here too. Glad to see I will not be alone in my adventure. Or should I say misadventure?  

Valerie ~ NV9L

Good luck,

It is important to keep the sound of sigs alive that new breed is flowing in.
Don't make the error to sent as fast as you can, don't sent faster then you are able to receive.

Please report here your experience, it will help experienced operators to understand your difficulties.

An experienced operator is by definition a guy or gal that is able to copy faster then they can sent by paddles (and the slower straight key).

Bob

Well I made 3 successful QSO's in PA, TX and IL on 40m. It was terrifying, but I am now over my fear. As far as experienced operators wanting to understand our difficulties, I would have to say I had no issues with the ops that came back to me. They were very patient and wonderful.

My only gripe was having my frequency taken over. Naturally I would move, because I had no clue what they were saying at that speed. Only to have it taken over again. This kept happening the entire time I was on 40 meters. About 6-8 times in 45 minutes. I had a great signal too. Only 1 guy had the courtesy to send a question mark, the others did not. The one that did send a question mark, sent is so fast. By time I comprehended what he sent, he was already CQing. Perhaps when checking to see if a frequency is open everyone could send the question mark a bit slower, so every level CW operator has a chance to know what you sent and respond.  ~ Valerie 


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: OZ1LRI on March 01, 2013, 02:17:43 PM

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Well I made 3 successful QSO's in PA, TX and IL on 40m. It was terrifying, but I am now over my fear. As far as experienced operators wanting to understand our difficulties, I would have to say I had no issues with the ops that came back to me. They were very patient and wonderful.

My only gripe was having my frequency taken over. Naturally I would move, because I had no clue what they were saying at that speed. Only to have it taken over again. This kept happening the entire time I was on 40 meters. About 6-8 times in 45 minutes. I had a great signal too. Only 1 guy had the courtesy to send a question mark, the others did not. The one that did send a question mark, sent is so fast. By time I comprehended what he sent, he was already CQing. Perhaps when checking to see if a frequency is open everyone could send the question mark a bit slower, so every level CW operator has a chance to know what you sent and respond.  ~ Valerie 
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Congrats ... !

Yeah, sometimes they can be pretty quick to start transmitting after QRL or ? ..  ???

I guess that sometimes its a matter of them simply not hearing me and/or others, since i am only putting 10w out, or because of my lousy antenna :-)
However, i suspect i will be better at handling these confusing situations as my speed gets better, but right now it sometimes feels like standing still in the middle of a freeway...  :o ha ha.

Anyway, congratulations with your first contacts, and hopes for many more...   ;D

Vy 73 de
Dennis




Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: K7TPD on March 01, 2013, 04:14:09 PM
Congrats!!! That's how everyone's first one goes :) Now let the addiction begin!! Have fun, I will look for you on the CW bands!!

73, Tom K7TPD


Title: RE: I did it... !
Post by: W5LZ on March 03, 2013, 11:10:01 PM
Feels good, doesn't it?  Keep at it.  Give it some time and you will be the guy on the 'other end'.  That feels good too!
 - 'Doc

And you will know exactly how he feels... :)