Very embarrassing

The bands were very dead for DXCC's so I turned the radio off and decided to just do some web surfing and that soon became same old same old. I then had a brain storm that it has been just way to long since I had a good old fashioned QSO. Most of my time has been hunting for counties that I need for my ARRL Jubilee award. This meant for the past few weeks and maybe a month or so I have been just working the CW key with "599 73 TU" and that's it. I turned the K3 on and it just happen to be on 14.060 and KM4CU was calling CQ. I came back to him and the QRP to QRP conversation I thought!! Tom's code was great from code..... not so much. I was absolutely embarrassed. I kept messing up his call, I could not even get passed "nice to meet you" it was like my mind went BLANK I was not able to figure out what to say and how to translate it to code!!!  Tom was very fast to send his 73's to me (it was like I was an ugly date). Once again I just struggled with the ending and once done ( which seemed like for ever) Tom was just was like a Morse code blind date that just went south very fast.......very embarrassing!!!! Tom if you read this blog I am very sorry for the code train wreak. LESSON LEARNED
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “Very embarrassing”

  • Bill Hanrahan, W1WH:

    Mike, I had the exact same thing happen to me last month – and have no explanation for it1 While I’m glad I’m not alone, I’m sorry it happened to you. It takes a lot of guts to ‘fess up! (You really had me laughing with the “bad date”!)

    73, Bill W1WH

  • Cliff Fox KU4GW:

    Mike,I used to think when I was first learning Cw that it was like riding a bike and once I learned it I’d never forget, but boy was I ever wrong! I found out the hard way with a situation similar to yours that “If you don’t use it, you lose it!” What a disappointment that was and so now I try and get on the air for a ragchew QSO at least twice per week and one thing that’s helped me out is signing up as a elmer for the SKCC group. Currently I have a sked with W4CUX Bill on Mondays and one with W4LEB Larry on Thursdays. Having a regular sked for a weekly ragchew has helped me tremendously so you may want to try setting up a weekly sked with someone so you can use it and not lose it!

    Very 73!
    Cliff – KU4GW

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Bill, I’m glad the post put a smile on your face….welcome to my life on ham radio these days. It’s good to know I am not alone.
    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good to hear from you Cliff, that’s great advice and it’s true if you don’t use it you do loose it. I had my code speed up to a good contest level and then lost it. Just to make it clear I consider contest code and conversation code two different animals. There sure is no substitute for on air practice and I have to get a move on in that dept for sure. The elmer buddy system sounds like a great way to get me back on the track again.
    Thanks for the feedback and great ideas.

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