Second CW SOTA attempt today on W7W/WE-021. I had a ton of fun; the CW aspect adds some challenge that SSB doesn’t have. There were pile-ups on both 20m and 40m that my little 5 wpm brain could not comprehend.
In class we were told to send QRS when we needed the TX station to slow down. This works ok, but not great. One poor soul today slowed from 12 wpm to something like 2 wpm, and his keying sounded frustrated at this noob attempting CW in public. The angry keyer left almost no spacing so even at 2 wpm I couldn’t make anything out. He wanted a S2S, so I sent the summit id a couple times, gave him a RST and said 73. Is there a better way to request ‘Farnsworth’ spacing but at a normal pace?
Even with all that I got 8 QSOs, 2x S2S (not including the guy above) and my copying is improving. Thanks to all the chasers. For any haters, feel free to use QRZ email with my sincere apologies.
All kidding aside, I’m loving SOTA, especially CW.