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Author Topic: Having a blast!  (Read 356 times)
N0BOF
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« on: February 16, 2008, 03:55:26 PM »

The CW contest going on this weekend has given me some DX stations I have never worked in my 15 years on SSB HF. All that practicing/sending/listening is worth it. For those of you who are just getting into CW, now would be a great time to get your feet wet. I would advise to listen to a few exchanges first.
It's like finding ham radio all over again.
73
Bob n0bof
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KC9AZL
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2008, 05:04:57 PM »

Same here.  The QRM is bad because I don't have a narrow filter.  Will have to order one soon.

Chris AI4AW
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KD6DXA
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2008, 12:27:31 AM »

Yup this contest was quite a thrill for me, too!  I am using a modest indoor random wire antenna and a Yaesu FT-747GX.  I managed to work Japan, Hawaii, and New Zealand all from an indoor antenna on 40 Meters CW.  It took a few repeats, but I made approximately 12 DX contacts in just a couple of hours.  I just couldn't believe that my little CW signal was being heard in New Zealand when I didn't really expect this indoor antenna to get a signal out of my backyard!  Needless to say, I was grinning like the cat that ate the canary when I heard my call coming back to me!
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2008, 07:32:43 AM »

Congratulations, guys.

Glad you're enjoying the "magic".

You're reaping the rewards of cultivating your CW
skills.

Scott
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NG9Z
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2008, 08:49:03 AM »

I agree that getting into CW is like finding ham radio all over again.  I was lucky enough to be able to retire early, so now have the time to dedicate to CW.  I've been in ham radio for 23+ years, but it's fun all over again with CW.  I love that learning a skill is the challenge with CW.  Can't buy that just with money!!

73's
Bernie
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