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My latest addition to the shack arrived today. I'm reasonably new to CW and I have the Palm Radio Mini paddle and the Palm Pico paddle. I wanted something more substantial for home use so after much deliberation and trying several paddles I went for the Begali Simplex Basic and I added Blue paddles to match the display of the 817.

As soon as I have stocked up with enough Imodium I will do a SOTA activation using CW :rolleyes: There will no doubt be mistakes but I don't care. He who has never failed has never tried :D

73 Chris M0RSF


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Very nice Chris, im sure you'll enjoy those. If you're trying new keys do try the Bencher BY1 paddles at some time, secind hand go reasonably priced. They seem to be marmite keys, if you know what i mean.

Which SOTA summit??

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Very nice Chris, I'm sure it will give you hours of enjoyment, in a section of the band's where the 'muppets' don't venture.

Don't worry about mistakes, they will diminish with time spent waggling that key.

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Everyone makes the odd mistake, and people who 'over-correct' recreational Morse can be quite irritating.

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Very nice Chris got one myself for the shack hope you enjoy using it, as for the SOTA activation with CW get yourself out there nothing to fear the chasers will QRS if need be.
I only learnt CW for SOTA activations but is probably the only mode I use, still make loads of mistakes but there is some tolerant ops.


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Thanks for the replies chaps. I've spent some time learning CW using the G4FON trainer with the characters at 15wpm but with longer gaps between. I'm happy that I have all the letters of the alphabet, the numbers and / for when I'm portable.

Earlier this year I was listening on 20M CW while writing some QSL cards. I heard HA8VK working some stations. I listened to his call sign, listened some more until I was sure I had it correct. I was running 2.5W and put my callsign in not expecting a reply. He came straight back first call!!! That's it I was committed, I gave him a signal report then he asked for my name. I was shaking like the proverbial dog emptying it's bowels, concentrating so hard not to make a mistake. Then there he was, my first CW contact in the log, what a buzz :D

As for SOTA, I live quite close to G/NP-028 Rombalds Moor so maybe that summit though it could be something more substantial. Probably 80M as I know HF is difficult at the moment. I have myself a short script, not quite rubber stamp QSO but enough until I improve. As on SSB activating SOTA I know that I am in charge :good:

I'm not afraid to make a mistake and as I said, those who never fail have never tried.

73 Chris M0RSF

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Your first SSB contact is exciting, your first CW contact is nerve wracking!

I also use a simplex with palladium base and red aluminum paddles, nice key, also have a bencher by-2 which I quite like.


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You also start to get the feeling that (outside contests) you are joining a slightly-separate 'Morse Community'. I never felt that same camaraderie with voice, which seems to split into rather exclusive nets.

If you don't call for DX, you tend to bump into the same people over again.

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