[amsat-bb] my first satellite CW QSO tonight

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Thu Jan 1 21:00:37 PST 2009


I have not done much CW in recent years.  The last time I worked 
this mode was for the 2005 ARRL Sweepstakes CW contest, which did 
wonders for getting comfortable with higher CW speeds.  I tried it 
once via satellite unsuccessfully a few months ago.  I decided to
try CW on the SSB/FM side of AO-51 tonight, after a few calls in SSB
without responses.  I sent DE WD9EWK a couple of times, and Glenn 
AA5PK showed up.  We made a quick QSO, and now I have 1 satellite CW
QSO in my log.  Thanks, Glenn, for the contact.  A QSL card will be 
heading your way. 

I know I could change my callsign, to eliminate the one big reason
I don't do CW much (the "K" at the end of my call).  That was the
reason why my first attempt at satellite CW didn't work out - the
other station thought my callsign ended in a "W".  Now that I have
a CW QSO via satellite in the log, I may just try to deal with the
"K" and see if I can start logging more satellite CW QSOs.  More 
satellite fun for the new year, to go along with just getting on the
air and also getting on from many different locations...

Happy 2009 to all, and 73!


(I've already operated from 4 different grids in 2009 - on the 
DM32/DM42 border Wednesday evening to start the new year on the 
UTC clock, and on the DM33/DM43 border tonight)

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