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Author Topic: Finally Passed!!!  (Read 377 times)
KB3LSR
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« on: November 12, 2006, 08:39:40 AM »

Well, I saw other hams posted their good news, so I thought I would too.  Yesterday I took the general theory and the code.  I failed the code by two letters.  So today I went to another VEC session and passed the code!  I guess the third time is the try!  Just don't give up on it!

73 de KB3LSR
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N8UZE
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2006, 09:17:41 AM »

Congratulations.  Hope to work you on the air.

And keep working on that CW.  Once you actually start using it, it gets easier and actually becomes fun.  In addition, if you decide to get into DXing, there are some rare ones that almost never come up on voice.  Even if they do operate voice sometimes, it is actually easier to work them on CW once you learn how.
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W5ESE
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2006, 11:04:06 AM »

Kudos on your achievement.

Now while the characters are fresh in your memory, it's
time to get on the air and have fun with your hard-won
skills. It will seem spooky at first, but you will get
better and better with each contact that you make.

73
Scott
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KB3LSR
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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2006, 12:45:24 PM »

This might sound stupid, but where can I get a nice, cheap key?  I don't want anything fancy, just a plain old straight key that works.

Hopefully I can work you guys on the bands now!

73 de KB3LSR
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W5ESE
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2006, 06:10:22 AM »

I have a key like the Ameco AM-K4.

It is available at:

http://www.mtechnologies.com/ameco/keyosc.htm

It is also sold at many amateur radio dealerships.
I've had the key since 1975, and it works fine.

The same key used to be sold in Radio Shack stores
years ago.

73
Scott
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N4CDB
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2006, 08:19:28 AM »

That K4 looks nice. I might pick one up with the base. I have the MFJ economy key which looks identical to the K1 on that site. It sucks. It works but it's definitely what you pay for. I find the key moves laterally so it's not always centered properly and therefore doesn't always make good contact.

Congrats on passing!
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AE1Y
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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2006, 02:41:59 AM »

NICE JOB!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

Now get your self a good paddle. May I recomend an Iambic Paddle. I have one from K8RA. I have the P-4 model. It weighs 5-lb and is all brass. This baby is soild and won't move all over the table on you. I think the price is right. This is a nice looking and functioning paddle. I love mine. You can get a look at my P-4 in the photo I have in my Eham profile.

Especialy being new to the key you will tend to have a heavy hand so a heavy paddle would be to your advantage!!!!!!!! Good luck and hear you on the air!!!!!

AE1Y Edward Mason
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