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Not so good on first try.

Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:51 pm
by kk4qyn
I sent out a CQ and to my surprise, I got a reply (my first). They sent a fairly slow speed for me but I had trouble copying it. I guess my receive speed is slower that I thought. 73 Bob KK4QYN

Re: Not so good on first try.

Posted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 2:59 pm
by KA7CTT
Welcome to CW, Bob.
We all started out slow, so don't worry about that. Practice-Practice-Practice.
Get on the air as often as you can and you'll be suprised how your receiving will increase.
Above all---Have Fun.
73
'Lynn' KA7CTT
Vancouver WA
SKCC 1522
NNNN

Re: Not so good on first try.

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:23 pm
by W5ALT
Ha! Welcome to the crowd!

My first CQ was answered and I totally froze, sweating and forgot Morse code once I recognized my call. After my heart slowed down and I wiped the sweat off my forehead, I tried again and actually copied someone. That was in 1972 and the fun has never stopped since, but I distinctly remember the feeling of utter panic the first time someone called me.

Re: Not so good on first try.

Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2015 11:20 am
by on4cgw
Hi,

Same here, after 10 years inactivity I started again with CW.
yesterday my first QSO on 11 WPM, but was difficult , I need to write every letter down.

I know its slow but its a start :)

73
Kurt
SKCC#13462

Re: Not so good on first try.

Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 5:37 am
by Ki4ezl
I know that this is an old thread, but it still has merrit.

Today, I made my FIRST SKCC CW contact. I was not too good. Mixed up my 'Q' and 'L', lost a dit in my '4' at one time. Mark, the person who was sending back to me was very patient and sent the code slow so that I could copy it. I was so tickled for the contact.

73,

Steve
KI4EZL - SKCC#12343

Re: Not so good on first try.

Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 6:24 am
by KA7CTT
Congratulations Steve!! That's great!!
99.9 percent of the CW ops will take the time for a new CW op.
I still remember my 1st CW contact as a Novice--1977-- What a thrill that was.
Hope to be able to work you some time soon.
73
'Lynn' KA7CTT
SKCC 1522
NNNN

Re: Not so good on first try.

Posted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:02 pm
by ki5ms
I have had to be off the air a few times in the last several years due to health troubles.
Each time I come back I am a nervous wreck, even though I have been doing CW since 1981.
After a few contacts I finally settle down.

KI5MS #7280T

Re: Not so good on first try.

Posted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:15 am
by KC6CNN
Hello Bob
Just hang in there and continue to keep trying.
Heck I am still learning too. I can send like a mad man, but have much more problems decoding it.
I actually like sending code slower, it allows me to relax and use my straight key and take my time and send.
I know that I always find people sending slow on 7.055 and on 7.114.
I hope my advice is good as I am still learning too. But some people can send at mega fast speeds and watch tv too.
I can only hope one day to do that. hihi
GL and hpe cu on bands.
73 Gerald KC6CNN

Re: Not so good on first try.

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:56 am
by K8BYP
Oh, no, you did just fine because you DID it!

GET A QSL CARD!!!!!!!

I SO regret not having my first CW Q QSL card!!

Get it, frame it!

I guess my receive speed is slower that I thought."

Normal. Sending is always slower. Practice sending "QRS" if necessary.

And pls be patient with some of us faster senders, its similarly difficult to send more slowly, but were glad to do it!