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Thread: First QSO!

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Posted: 2020-03-18 20:19
Just made my first QSO. I only today got my iambic paddles (very convenient) and jumped right on the air. I'm 15wpm on LCWO (but not consistent - only words and callsigns, still get lost in random groups) and the guy on the other side was calling CQ at 12wpm, so I rolled the keyer down and it felt really comfortable. It took us 15 minutes to finish the QSO ;-) Painful, but we made it! So excited!

Posted: 2020-03-18 21:29
Congratulations, Adam. The first QSO (like the first million) is the hardest. It only gets better from now!

73 and see you on the bands,
Fabian, DJ1YFK (a.k.a. SO5CW)

Posted: 2020-03-18 21:53
Thanks! Is there a system for transmit practice? I Would love an organized approach.

Posted: 2020-03-19 09:08
I feel whith you :-)))) it is a terrible great moment hihi. For me it was a very direct hind what i have to improve. Now i had a few QSOs and I am able to send better. Reading is still a problem but I am working on it. It is gread fun. I hope I will see you on the bands soon
73 OE8FBF Harry

Posted: 2020-04-09 09:35
I bought a Morserino for just this reason, to practice sending with its echo trainer feature. Has improved my sending leaps and bounds. Has a nice little decoder on it too!

Posted: 2020-08-11 23:53
Why do so many who complete the 40 lessons, plus other training, find QSOs so hard to copy?

Posted: 2020-08-12 08:59
Why do so many who complete the 40 lessons, plus other training, find QSOs so hard to copy?

You are listening on the air with various interference etc

You are not interested in just one character - you have to remember what you just heard.

Some morse is not the best quality - gap size wise in particular.

There are lots of abbrevs some of which are confusing.

Some people xmit faster than they can decode - and so get blasted back with code too fast for them.


Try just listening on the air for a bit and see how you go.

Posted: 2020-08-12 09:16
Adam - Congrats!!! Way to go. I have been a Ham for years and still not had my first QSO, just recently back to the hobby... I have been copying conversation on the air but too nervous. Great job!
73 David N0KRE

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