In reply to G0VOF:
Hi Mark and thanks for the kind words, Not my first CW activation but my first solo CW activation. My first CW activation was back in late 2008, There was no way I could have done it back then on my own as my copying along with my confidence was very limited and if I am to be honest I felt it was all beyond me.
Yep I fell into the negative hole of the self limiting belief that I would never be able to do this Morse code stuff … result? I loose. GAME OVER!
Back in the last week of November 2009 I thought I would try again in the new year, I know I always knew a “K” or over from listening to and the odd use of repeaters so why dont I learn to “HEAR” the rest of the characters? In fact whats wrong with now rather than waiting until the new year? So thats what I did, I loaded my mobile phone with MP3 files and listened daily for at least 10 mins, I took some days off during Christmas … who wouldnt?
There were days when I thought this aint working once again! I stuck with the daily practice despite these negative thoughts and slowly but surley I could remember more characters, The more characters that sank in the more I thought I can do this!
I dont know what it was like back in the G0 days using CW on air for the first time? I do know that a lot of worry is for nothing nowadays, As MM0FMF says the chasers will do anything to get the points! As M1EYP told me you become the DX and its true, In fact you want to do it again, Couple that with the fact your 5w goes a long way compared to phone modes you find it was worth the sweat.
You will know when your ready as you have already been there, I was probably ready a couple of weeks back, I have to thank M1EYP and MM0FMF for telling me to just get on a summit and do it.
I feel like I just passed my Foundation and got my M3 call in the post! There is going to be some first’s with SOTA using CW in 2010. I look forward hitting my Lego brick paddle once again. Sean M0GIA