Well, it was rough, but I completed my first CW contact with W5L SES. Still laughing. Jim was very patient with me. I emailed him after, and he said he still remembers his first contact 59 years ago! Hopefully, it went better than mine! He really encouraged me to stay with it and have fun.
Learned some things. My rig transmits CW just fine, but it can’t do better than the operator, hihi.
Adrenaline causes me to rush the dits. I was starting to slow down after the exchange was over.
Have a laugh at oneself. It helps you get through it and makes it fun.
Don’t be afraid to jump in with both feet, even if you are not fully prepared.
I used Fldigi to receive. The exchange “script” was simple, but the software helped me concentrate on the sending and pickup the difficulty he was having getting my call sign correct. I was nervous and kept sending it until I got it right and he copied it. We exchanged signal reports and 73s, and he was back up to speed with the next caller. Appreciate his patience with a first timer.
Never too late to learn.
The CW community is welcoming to beginners, even during an on-air event!