I'm trying out CW
I received my Kent TP-1 paddles today and wired them up quick. I tuned up the rig on the 40M Novice band and...............sat there for 45 minutes trying to get the nerve up to actually use them. I practiced a bit with the sidetone. I even went to the 7.110 calling frequency. I just looked at those paddles!
I remember the first time I pressed the PTT button once being re-licensed. The same feeling of "what happens when someone answers?" "Do I know all the protocols?" "Will I be able to remember to release the button?"
After getting up and sittinig down a few times, I actually started sending a CQ. I screwed it up a few times and luckily, nobody answered. The band was kinda going on me and all the foreign broadcast stations were starting to come in. I sat and listened some more while working on my receive and trying to get some more of the protocols down. Soon...........
Current Mood: nervous