Something New for KI7UP.

Yesterday, 3-14-2011, I ventured on to an area of 40 meters that I had never been on before.

I was just listening.  Let me go back a little.  Since I have had the ICOM 707 on loan form Tom Fagan, the ARRL Section Manager here in Arizona, and Terry Ryan, KE7GRV built and put up an antenna, most of the time I concentrate on the part of the 3 bands I can operate on that is open to voice operations.

OK, now about yesterday.  I started scanning manually from 7.000 to 7.125 MHZ, and came across a CW station at 7.028 MHZ.

Believe it or not, I could actually hear the different letters.  No I didn’t know what letters they were but I could hear the dits and dashes and could make out the code.  I hope I’m explaining that right.

That prompted me to go to the link here on Amateur Radio Dream that is where one can learn Morse Code.  I logged in, and started with Lesson One.

It was on K and M,  I listened and then took the first “test” that sent both K and M, and I copied 66% of what was sent out in that 60 seconds.  I think for someone who has not worked with code in years, that’s not bad.

I am going to spend at least an hour a day, relearning the code and then I’m going to spend time on the air using code.

I never thought I would say or do that, but that’s my plan, after hearing that one code station on the air yesterday.  It actually sounds like even more fun than just picking up a mike and gabbing.