Just a quick note here…
I shared this on Mastodon and Twitter, but I wanted to share it here on QRPer.com too because, frankly, it made me feel proud to be a CW operator.
While making dinner, I turned on the Mission RGO One and started hunting POTA and SOTA stations.
I tuned to 7044 kHz and heard a POTA activator moving along at a slow, but steady pace with a straight key. He was doing a great job and working through exchanges. I checked his profile on the POTA website and discovered that this was likely his first CW activation.
After he finished his exchange, I called him and he answered. We moved through the whole exchange and he did a fantastic job despite a noisy band.
Here’s what got me…
When he finished our contact and sent 73 with the customary “dit dit,” a large pileup of hunters started calling him all at his slower cadence! It was brilliant!
A huge group of CW hunters wanting to make contact with this fellow, all matched to his speed!
If you’re a new CW activator, don’t worry. We obviously all have your back!