just thought I would pop in and say hello, I will really start reading the forums in the next few days, but up until now I have not really read them. Why not? Well....because I felt a bit of a fraud really, as I had joined the SKCC without having made a single CW contact! I can happily say that I have now fixed that little irregularity
I have made 5 contacts and each one was pretty stressful and difficult but the satisfaction after each one is just increadible.
Clearly I need to practice my copying a lot more, and listen a lot more on the bands, but already I am copying callsigns far better than I was a couple of weeks ago, and picking up many of the common phrases and abbreviations a lot better as well. Maybe my method of learning CW has not been the best; I just used the program "A simple Morse Code trainer" I found on the ARRL website while I was laid up with a broken achilles tendon for 2 months...then I used LCWO callsign training for a few weeks..got myself a Czech Army key and started practising some sending.
After a while I thought I "might" be able to handle a QSO on the air, but I was very nervous and un-confident about the whole enterprise. And so what happened was the I messed up 3 qsos on a weekend in the first week of March. So I went back to computer practice. Then I went to a lecture on morse a few weeks later by M0BLO and it was a revelation - he said all first-timers were nervous, and there were techniques to help with that. It all seemed to make sense.
Straight after the lecture I went home and made my first contact with HA2PP in Hungary and I was off and running!
all the best,
Scott 2E0OZI SKCC 9008
A bad day surfing is better than a good day working.