Don, it has been pleasure to have a little swarm of chasers as a warm welcome by US hams in Texas. I much appreciated and enjoyed it.
I perhaps missed some, as I did not have any internet reception on the summit, and I relied on RBN and my APRS2SOTA. I started at one frequency, but another station started to call their CQ shortly after me and I had to move to another place. I hope it did not mess up much though.
For the sending, I was struggling, as this time I was holding the Mini Paddle in my left hand, which still sometimes did not provide enough support to transmit clearly - sometimes extra sounds would sneak in or miss here and there. But the chasers were very patient and understanding for what I thank you wholeheartedly!
I am not so happy to leave US now with just 3 activations with limited hiking, but still happy I could make them at all. The weather was mostly generous to me as well, which is not always the case statistically…
Anyway, thanks and 73 - it has been a pleasure to meet you all in the air!
But to stay within the root of the topic - I am glad to have received so much support, understanding and patience from SOTA community. Going on the air regardless early stage of my learning was the best advice I could get. Thank you all who encouraged me to do it, and I recommend it to anyone who still hesitates. First sweat and mistakes are inevitable, and the sooner they happen, the sooner you go to your next stages.
That is the piece of advice I can give now with even limited “experience” in morse code sending/receiving…