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NS7X last won the day on April 14

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  1. Back in the olden days, when sparks flew across gaps, a successful radio communication was a pretty tough thing to accomplish. Morse code operators soon realized that abbreviated transmissions were key (pun intended). So, in order to acknowledge successful receipt of a transmission, the receiving station would send "RECEIVED," letting the sending station know that things were working well. "RECEIVED" was cumbersome so it was shortened to "RCVD," which still seemed clunky so it was shortened to"R." When the microphone was invented, and telephony developed, it became obvious early on tha
  2. Nervous? Boy! Was I nervous! I had had my ticket for all of ten minutes when I answered a CQ using a very shaky fist on my straight key. And when I heard my call being sent back to me, it took all the courage I had to stay put and not run screaming out of the room. Fortunately for me, the station I had contacted, WB1FSB, was kind and patient, and acted as if we were engaged in a typical novice QSO. Which we were, after all. And when I figured that out, I got my breathing under control, and actually began to enjoy myself. That's when things got fun! You see, it turns out that WB1FS
  3. Or at least, the FCC. After nearly 50 years of not collecting fees, and now that the licensing system is automated, and now the FCC no longer has to pay for examiners, and now that the FCC incurs very little expense to oversee the Amateur Radio Service, it's decided it needs to collect a $35 license fee. I suppose I'm not surprised, but I am concerned. You see, radio frequencies are a commodity and hams have enjoyed a free ride because the FCC has valued our contributions to public service and the research and development of new technologies. But now, apparently, its attitude has
  4. VVV VVV VVV VVV Not that it matters, but I always enjoyed taking the CW code tests. The code was absolutely clean. No QRM or QRN. Perfect fist. No abbreviations. The only thing you had to worry about was the stations' call signs and those you got to hear twice. Had the FCC not forced me to learn Morse, I would never have volunteered to learn it. I had no interest in code. After all, it was just a bunch of beeps. I was so uninterested that I couldn't even spell CW. Once I learned it, and got on the air using it, I found out how exciting it can be, and the satisfaction you fe
  5. Good deal! Or, as we say in CW - VY FB
  6. Let me know how it works out for you.
  7. What a great idea!
  8. This is fun! I had no idea there were 2 other hams living just down the street from me.
  9. Like many hams, I really enjoy participating in amateur radio demonstrations at public events. For example, here in New Mexico the High Desert ARC sets up a booth at the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, a ten day long event which attracts about a million people each year, BC. (BC? That would be Before COVID). The HDARC members set up a working station, replete with interesting displays, appropriate informational pamphlets, and friendly hams anxious to share their knowledge with visitors. I show up with a straight key, a keyer, and my Begali paddles. We attract some
  10. How cool is this?! I remember in those days (prior to the fall of the Soviet Union), all QSL cards for any ham in any of the Soviet block countries were addressed "Box 88, Moscow." It's amazing to learn they held Olympic grade high speed telegraphy competitions as a sport!
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    First post by N7SX

    CQ de NS7X Tnx to JIM K3MRI for admitting me to this group. My QTH is Albuquerque, NM - the place of my birth. First licensed in 1978, I was living in Iowa so my original call was a Zero-land call. Back in those days, you got to learn CW in order to get licensed. Being as how my first rig was a Tentec Argonaut QRP rig, I learned to love CW. Those were the days! In spite of the fact there are no mountains or chile in Iowa, it was a great place to live. The people are super nice, and the lush green rolling hills are pacifying and calming. Unless you're standing upwind of a hog
  12. Hey Ham Community, this is an automated post on behalf of our new member: N7SX, On behalf of Ham Community, let's give N7SX a warm welcome. N7SX, we encourage you to browse around and get to know the Community's many sections. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask, as with all things HAM, we all love to give advice 😎 For everyone's information, N7SX joined on the 03/22/2021; this is their profile: View Member.
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