I passed the amateur radio license (A-Class) in August 2019
at the age of 64 together with my wife (E-Class).
In November she also increased to A-Class.
I signed up in LCWO on 2019-09-03.
But we first installed the antennas and the shack.
We really started learning CW January 2020.
On 2020-01-30 I got to lesson 40 the first time.
On 2020-02-17 I had my first "QSO" with a German
special callsign on 80m. I got the name and the personal cs of the op, rst and his QTH.
I made the lessons from 1 to 40 a second time.
On 2020-06-14 I reached lesson 40 a second time.
I did all the lessons with 20/2 - 20/10
Because I worked on an other project in April,
I needed 4 months to complete.
In total I made with groups of 5 2339 Attempts.
The effort is disproportionate to the result,
because the ability to copy on air did not
So I changed my training program.
Up to now I do the following training:
* listening on air
* most common 170 words, abbreviations, q-groups,
transcribing up to 18wpm, hearing with higher speed.
* callsign training LCWO different speeds
* word training
* standard QSO-texts with LCWO convert text to CW
* groups of 5 all letter, all numbers, some punctuation
all hearing I do without Farnsworth
why? Because on air there is no Farnsworth
I start new things with 12/12 wpm an increase
12/12 wpm is theoretical equal to 20/10, but with 20/10 no
QSO on air is possible, but with 12wpm I can make
QSOs on air, if the QSO partner is willing to do.
* most common 170 words
* 200 abbreviations
* real call signs (file with 800 int. cs)
* clear text (in en, started with de)
* QSO texts, with complete QSOs
* all with straight Junker key (on air) and bug (only for fun)
* I started sending from the beginning in parallel in January 2020.
Real QSOs on air.
Now things are going better in small steps. Since August 2020
I am active on air as good as I can.
Our first HF antenna was a self-made multi-dipole.
The 2m / 70cm antenna is a 5/8 lambda omnidirectional antenna, also built by myself.
With this antennas we are QRV on
160, 80, 60, 40, 30, 20, 17, 12, 10, 6m and 2m / 70cm FM.
In November 2020 we installed a second shack and
a long wire antenna with antenna tuner for my wife.
She is now QRV on
160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 12, 10m
Each of us has a ICOM 7300.