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
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).
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