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Author Topic: My very first QSO  (Read 465 times)
KC9KEP
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« on: November 24, 2006, 03:48:12 PM »

Hello all!

I've just passed my technician level exam a couple
months back, and my Morse code exam about a month
ago.

After building an antenna matcher from a '62 ARRL
book, I could finally match my long wire Xtal radio
antenna to my new old-ICOM xmitter.

Today, I tried my first QSO.  Man, I've been wanting
to do this since my grade school days (and that was
a long time ago!)

I got a response almost immediately!  My contactee
lives about 275 miles away, but he sounded like he
was in my back yard!

What a hoot to hear your call sign being echoed back
for the first time.

I'll have to admit, I got nervous and started mind
blanking, by my contact was very patient and went
slow!

It sure is different to be whacking a straight-key than
it is to be sitting at a PC, taking placebo exams
where one just needs to just decipher code.

But, I'm high on this experience!  What a hoot!

A lowly clothes line like wire doing the work, and
I'm the weak line in the technology!

Oh well, I just had to share this.  It's one of those
things that I've always wanted to do and I'm glad that
my first transmission was CW.  (I'll try phone later ..)

Now, I’m inspired to keep working on my xmission
Speed and try again when I’m better at it!

Thanks all
73’s

KC9CEP
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AE1Y
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2006, 02:45:53 AM »

Nice job!!!!!!!

Keep up the good work!!!

Hope to hear you on the air.

I find that 20m seems to have a lot of slower code up here in the north east.

Edward Maon AE1Y
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AB9LZ
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2006, 07:09:20 AM »

My first QSO 17 months ago was CW also, I think you'll find that phone QSO's don't hold the same magic and excitement.
Good luck and have fun, hope to work you someday.

73 Mark.
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« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2006, 07:37:31 AM »

> Now, I’m inspired to keep working on my xmission
> Speed and try again when I’m better at it!

Try it again soon. No need to wait.

You can speed up as you make contacts.

73
Scott
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2006, 01:31:38 AM »

good luck keep up the good work

73 john m0hem
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2006, 09:57:38 AM »

fb! Get on 2-3 times a week and you'll be amazed at how fast your code speed builds.  Check out http://fists.org/ and get a FISTS number.  Lots of fun and on December 15th you'll have additional spectrum available!  
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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2006, 06:36:05 PM »

I sweated all over what I was writing down on my first CW QSO. Could hardly read the text. Well done & best wishes.

Mark N0OKS
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2006, 08:09:15 AM »

I'm really enjoying this thread, as well as the others that bear a similar theme.

I'm one of the old timers, that got a Novice and General in the mid-1960's when the requirement was 13 WPM.  I then got my Extra at 20WPM in the early 1970's.

There seems to be the never-ending code/no-code controversy that may never go away.  But, I really get encouraged when someone really discovers the joy of their first CW contact.  Here you are, sending a string of dits and dahs that most people hear as jibberish, that you can interpret into intelligent conversation.

You have truly become Bi-Lingual !!

FISTS is a Great Organization for the preservation of CW.  AM/FM/SSB/RTTY/PSK/etc are all fun and interesting, but CW is the only mode that requires a true operator with a truly unique skill.

I sincerely hope that all of us who have worked to earn our privileges can somehow keep our unique priviliges.
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KC9GMN
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« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2006, 02:20:49 PM »

Hey, I remember my first QSO, it was a very exciting experience. I share in your excitement Man!!!

Bob
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