Been a long time coming...

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by M0KBO, Jan 6, 2020.

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  1. M0KBO

    M0KBO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yesterday, finally got my first 'proper' CW QSO.

    With shaking hands on the paddle I answered DR10CWO's CQ on 20m and got a response!

    Was I perfect? Far from it. Did I stick to my little pre prepared QSO sheet I made? Nope! Was it fun? Tons!!!! But they received what I sent, slowed down loads for me and were very patient with the newbie.

    Even responded to my humble email I sent explaining that I was a newbie and not a lid.

    Kudos to them!
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  2. K7MEM

    K7MEM Ham Member QRZ Page

    20 or 30 years ago, I was on 40 meters (old Novice CW area). The band was dead. I couldn't hear a single CW signal. I gave a few CQs, but couldn't get any response. Then I heard a nice clean CW signal, sending fairly slow. I copied the signal for a few minutes and was surprised at what I heard. The op wasn't sending a CQ, he was sending "hello is anyone out there can anyone hear me?" followed by his call sign. So I waited for the op to pause and gave him a call. You could tell he was excited, by the shakiness in his sending. It turned out that this was his first contact. After about 5 minutes he had to sign because he was exhausted.

    In the early 80s I operated in Germany a DA2EU. My rig was "CW Only". Most of my operation was early evening and I found that 15 meters (21.100 - 21.150 MHz) was a great band to use. Every night the band was packed. 15 meters was usually open to all of England, Europe, Asia, and Africa until the sun went down. Propagation has surely changed a lot since then, but it's a good band to try.
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  3. KN4YHP

    KN4YHP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good stuff and congrats! I did my first CW QSO not too long ago and the shaking fist is still fresh in my mind. Maybe one evening when the bands are open we'll run into each other on the air.
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  4. N8AFT

    N8AFT Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hey Richard, YaY You!
    Love the Case tractor pix with you on yer bio page btw....
    VY 73 from Lane in Ohio...
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  5. WW2PT

    WW2PT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Congrats! My first CW QSOs were terrifying too! They get easier, though, so keep at it.
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  6. M6GYU

    M6GYU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Makes you wonder what instruction or training he received to get even a first Foundation Licence.
  7. M6GYU

    M6GYU Ham Member QRZ Page

    It happens to many people - me included the first few times I came back to morse as a ham after a break of many years.
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  8. AC8SV

    AC8SV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Congratulations! My first was about two years ago! Very exciting and fun. 1500 CW qso's later ... It's just as fun!!! Keep on the air and have a blast. Hope to work you one day. Feel free to email me if you ever want a QRS sked!
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  9. M0KBO

    M0KBO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks guys for the responses, hopefully I'll catch you for a QSO or a sked at some point!
  10. M0KBO

    M0KBO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks matey that's kind, I may well drop you an email soon! 73

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