Wednesday, March 21, 2012

9 days ago

It was 9 days ago I made my last qso. So today it was time for some ham radio activity. OK, last night I tried to work PZ5RA (Surinam) with JT65A on 20 meter, I would be a new DXCC for me, but he didn't hear me. My last CW qso was a month ago, so time to pick up the key and keep up my CW skills. I worked on 20 meter RN6LOZ and YU7EA. No big deal, but at least I was qrv again.

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  1. Hi Paul. I understand what you mean about getting active on cw again. For me the thrill of amateur radio is QRP-CW and the mile/km distance between me and the other fellow is not really that important.

    Hope your wife is doing ok.

    73 Dick

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    1. Hi Dick,

      Indeed, it's all about the contact what make the hobby worthwhile. I had a nice rag chew qso with these guys. Not a 599 qso. ;-) Distance is a nice side effect of the hobby. The wife is doing OK, chemotherapy is hard, after a new dose she is for 1,5 week ill. Then for 1,5 recovering, and then the new one. But now she got 5 doses, so one to go.

      73, Paul

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  2. Good morning Paul, it's so true that you have to keep on top of the CW. I have been wanting to get my contest CW speed up. When in the past I had planned to put in about a 1/2 hour per day it just did not work out. I found myself not doing it and getting further behind. now I work at it for 10 min per day in the mornings it may take me longer to get the speed up but at least I am moving forward.

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    1. Hi Mike,
      I do listen daily to CW on HF. I think we will never unlearn. But the 20-22 wpm is all right for me. For qrp is a little slower better to copy. I do not work contesting with CW. The speed for contesting is most of the time faster (30 wpm) I can copy 30 wpm, but is doesn't feel comfortable for me.

      73 Paul

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  3. Hi Paul:
    We've all been guilty of not putting in the time at some stage or other, I'm no different - I nipped in on 10m yesterday to test an antenna and worked 5B4 - I was pleased to work him - my previous 20 or so contacts have mostly been PSK31/63 yes I have taken the plunge with Psk63, if you get into it slowly it's not too bad...
    Keep at it . . .

    73' Peter

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    1. Hi Peter, certainly is PSK63 a fine fast digital mode to work with especially on 10 or 6 meter. Do you working still with Opera? I don't hear much on 30 and 20 meter any more. 73 Paul

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