[AMRadio] Old Novice Days

Rbethman rbethman at comcast.net
Wed Mar 2 10:32:59 EST 2005

I vividly remember MY first Novice DX contact in 1981.

I was running an SB-102, HP-23, & SP-600 rig.  To get on 15 mtrs I was 
using an 11 mtr ground plane (5/8 wave), with a homebrew tuner.

I was in the novice segment, called CQ, and got a SSB voice reply from a 
Mr. Harry Adcock, ZL2MM, North Island, Masterton, New Zealand.

Obviously being a VERY excited novice, I fell all over myself with the 
key.  Errors all over the place.  Mr. Adcock was VERY tolerant!  We went 
on for around 20 - 30 minutes.  It was VERY satisfying and delightful, 
in spite of my having to repeatedly send the "error" character!

Bob - N0DGN

Todd, KA1KAQ wrote:

>My funny novice story has to do with my first CW contact. I'm a newbie
>compared to most, licensed in March of 1983. Shortly thereafter I
>spoke with a VE3 station for what I thought was 20 minutes or so, all
>shakey and nervous and using the 'dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-' error
>signal many a time. My YL of the day was downstairs talking with my
>mom (she apparently got bored). Later she asked me if I knew how long
>I had spent on the contact. I said 'sure, about 20 minutes'. She
>rolled her eyes and said 'try 2 HOURS'.
>*shrug* It was still fun. A used ricebox 101EE piped to a 40 meter
>antenna I made myself, keyed with el-cheapo imitation brass Ratshack
>key screwed to a couple of wooden slats taped with duct tape to a
>heavy piece of truck leaf spring steel found in the road in front of
>my house. I still have the key and antenna.
>DX(sortakinda?) on my first try! 
>de Todd/'Boomer'  KA1KAQ

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