Wednesday, 3 June 2020

It happened just like that!


I am switched on and tuned up, when scanning the band I hear a  CW cq -.-. --.- I was already geared up with the key connected as I was practicing earlier so I switched the Yaesu 450D into CW mode and replied to the call. It was a spur of the moment reaction and I immediately received a response and a few minutes later my first CW call was in the bag and later confirmed.

So why during the many months of learning CW did I not get on the air. I think it was that normal human reaction of being afraid to mess up and make mistakes. So thinking about about it what would the outcome have been if I did make a mistake with my key, let me tell you. Nothing at all no one would give a jot not a single tiny jot because we all make mistakes in life and an error on a key while in a CW contact does not even register on the mistake scale.
Relieved excited and pleased with myself has moved me on to over 30 CW contacts in recent weeks.

So I am cheating a little!  because all of the keying is done by me but I do use HRD to assist me with the incoming decoding. I still have not fully got the hang of the audible decoding in my head yet, its getting better but I still need a little help with that.

So if you have the basic hang of CW plug that key in and give it a try I can guarantee its addictive and you will never regret it.                         

Friday, 24 January 2020

Its the second year just starting

What! where did that first year go.

We moved into our cottage in Wales in November 2018 and now its January 2020 and I am amazed how fast that time has gone. I have enjoyed every minute of living in our new cottage and that might explain the time warp that has occurred.

My amateur radio hobby has once again gone into full swing with a new OCF antenna and replacing my signalink with a Yaesu scu17 which means that I am now back on the digital bands and loving the hobby once again. Add to that I made my first two CW calls in early January the result of me learning CW over the last two years or so. I had learnt it six months sooner but lacked the confidence to get on the air (crazy or what)

Its been great having the radio to fall back on with these cold wet winter days and knowing that we have more poor weather coming in including snow which hasn't showed itself yet, but it will.

As soon as the weather improves I will set about getting my vertical antenna a GP2500 up, this antenna performed brilliantly at my old QTH and I'm hoping for better results at this new QTH.