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KD8UXE
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« on: April 02, 2013, 06:55:33 AM »

I made my first contact on cw last night, this means more to me than you know!I was so happy I forgot to log it now a brand new world has opened up for me.Whoo Hoo
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2013, 07:43:30 AM »

Congratulations!

All CW ops have been in your shoes and I think that EVERYONE can appreciate what that first CW QSO feels like!

I remember my first QSO. Actually, it wasn't a QSO at all! I put out a CQ at 5 WPM and when someone actually came back to my call, I was so scared and nervous that I promptly forgot everything I had learned in CW so I hit the power button and turned off my radio! I came back a little later and mustered up the courage to try again and I have never looked back!

Your comment reminds me of the time our first child was born. I called my father and asked, "Do you have any idea what this feels like?"

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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2013, 08:29:14 AM »

You are incorrect - those who have made a CW contact do know - I remember mine and it was 21 years ago.
I even remember the call sign (KA1RUG) - we exchanged Names, RSTs, Locations and 73s and the whole conversation took a half an hour at about 5 wpm.

CW adds a level of involvement to Ham Radio that some will never know.
Not a good thing or a bad thing, just a different thing.
You sir, have reached that level.

Welcome,

Clint - W5CPT -
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2013, 08:32:19 AM »

Congratulations!

All CW ops have been in your shoes and I think that EVERYONE can appreciate what that first CW QSO feels like!

I remember my first QSO. Actually, it wasn't a QSO at all! I put out a CQ at 5 WPM and when someone actually came back to my call, I was so scared and nervous that I promptly forgot everything I had learned in CW so I hit the power button and turned off my radio! I came back a little later and mustered up the courage to try again and I have never looked back!

Your comment reminds me of the time our first child was born. I called my father and asked, "Do you have any idea what this feels like?"



Wow, I can relate to that!
When not doing my own QSO, just listening, I could easily copy 10WPM.
As soon as I got an answer to my first 12 wpm CQ, The adrenaline started to flow and I lost focus.
I'm up to 12 contacts or so now. It does get easier on each try, but it's still a struggle for me.
I limit my CW to one contact a night and the rest of the time I spend copying live QSOs, so that uneven fists, bugs or straight keyers don't throw me off.


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K8AXW
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2013, 09:19:10 AM »

UCB:  Previous posters here have mentioned something to the effect that CW has opened a whole new ham radio world for you; or a variation of this.

I'm primarily a CW operator, which is another story.  However I still enjoy a SSB contact.  Recently I have switched back to SSB as my primary mode.  After a week of SSB I can tell you that for every SSB contact I make, I could have made 2 or 3 CW contacts.  Not because there are more CW operators but simply because of the QRM, QRN and voice bandwidth, there seems to be fewer options for 100% QSOs.

By the same token I have been made to realize once again that so many SSB DX contacts are very brief but on CW it is easy to find stations that are more than willing to ragchew. 

This is what I enjoy most because with the modern gear and antennas, getting a signal half way around the world isn't a big deal. Having a discussion with someone in another part of the world, a part of the world I'll never get to see, is a big deal!

OM, you are starting on a trip that you will never regret and will enjoy more as time goes on.

Congratulations and GL

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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2013, 07:15:38 PM »

That is awesome!! I am happy for you, keep it up.

paul
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KD8UXE
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2013, 06:30:29 AM »

my wife and I have built our own antenna tuner,trans match watt meter 10 minute timer and rebuilt an old ft 102 and 2 antennas we like doing things our self because we think that is the best way to learn.if it breaks we can fix it.




73s greg
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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2013, 07:58:21 AM »

Well done , keep at it , it just gets easier and more fun ..

Everyone is different but i work only cw now since my first qso . If it wasn't for the key i wouldn't bother with the radio . SSB holds no interest for me , i can talk all day long without a radio  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2013, 10:06:22 AM »

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i can talk all day long without a radio   
 

Agreed!  However, I've recently noticed that people no longer listen to me..... Guess they really don't have an interest in my hobby or what I've been doing on the workbench......or the shack.......    Grin
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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2013, 09:35:06 PM »

I made my first contact on cw last night, this means more to me than you know!I was so happy I forgot to log it now a brand new world has opened up for me.Whoo Hoo

Congrats and thanks for reminding me how thrilling my first QSO was! 

Always remember: if you don't know CW, you don't know dit!   Wink
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« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2013, 03:39:23 AM »

Aug. 26, 1978.  Novice license arrives in today’s mail.  My call KA0CAN.  I call CQ (5 WPM) at 2020 Zulu on 7.12 MHZ, emission type, A1, power input is 60 watts. Nothing.
At 2030 I call CQ again on 7.139. This time with 90 watts. Answered by KA5BRQ, Otis, in Hobbs, NM. 599 both ways.  QSO finished at 2115 (what did we talk about?!).
Immediate follow up by KA5BHL, Claude, in Socorro, NM.  This QSO ends at 2148.
My hand is shaking too much to carry on. Actually, I’m shaking all over and head for the small office to throw up!  I don’t. 
This was, what, 34 years ago and I still remember that day clearly and I still have the QSL cards from both of these first contacts!     
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« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2013, 05:33:21 AM »

I am retired army my wife teaches electronic engineering at a local collage. so I guess we are going to be busy building things doing cw talking and enjoy being together doing all of this.I was a communication specialist in the army so i do about 30 wpm with a key and 50 in my head.
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« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2013, 07:54:57 AM »

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Actually, I’m shaking all over and head for the small office to throw up!  I don’t. 

I enjoyed this recount..... Been there, done that, got a T-shirt!

Also reminded me of an incident at the power plant where I worked.  21.35h.  All is calm. All 7 generators singing their in-sync song. 

21.35.001h 6" paper stock line ruptures over 500V feeder bus.  Water and stock cascade down over bus bars carrying 500V @ 15,000+ amperes of current. 

21.35.003 All hell breaks loose, explosions, fire, smoke, operator and assistant turn white and start to run in all directions at once.

21.45.00 All turbo-generators shut down, explosions stop, operator goes outside to throw up.  He does!
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« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2013, 03:54:01 PM »

Congrats!! Its a thing that oddly takes a hold of you the more you do it. I came to CW via a severe leg injury where I had to stay at home for 8 weeks, and I thought I'd learn something. Used the Morse Machine and LCWO, then started copying calls of the air and more of the guts of the qsos. Then did it myself.  Grin
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« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2013, 05:51:27 PM »

Well done sir! Others have expressed their opinions much better than I.
But I'm reminded of the fact that CW is our only mode that can be read by both
man and machine.
As a novice in the 1950s, I couldn't wait to get the "voice" privileges granted
with the General Class ticket.
It wasn't long before I put away the D-104 in the desk drawer, and never looked back.
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