Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who came back to my call today on Highwire and was super patient with me. It was my first CW activation ever and was rather stressful, since I’m still a budding CW op.
Sorry to anyone who came back to my after my first call and the confusion shortly after, especially those first two QSOs, which didn’t make it into my log. Lesson learned: I made the mistake of trying out a new app that I hadn’t tested beforehand, and that caused a bit of unnecessary confusion and frustration on my end .
I’ll share what happened on the summit, since it is a little hilarious. After my first CQ I got a moderate pileup (my first ever), and I was trying furiously to get the application to accept the log entries. After a few tries I realized I was missing some required information to save the QSO (freq, mode). To fix this, I decided to set my paddles down, and they fell off and bounced around on the ground, sending random dits and dahs. After two or three QSOs, I realized I bodged a few entries in the app and I needed to fix them up before completely forgetting about them. This time I turned QSK on the radio off to fix them up rather than risking some spurious CW. After everything was all good, I called QRZ? and CQ SOTA a few times, and stations were throwing their call out occasionally; I thought I was getting through, but I never was being heard since my break-in was turned off . It wasn’t until a few minutes later of frustration not getting anyone to acknowledge that I realized I forgot to turn my break in back on .