another first was a moment of madness. I connected up the morse key and decided to call CQ on 40m.
as a back up, I installed a free program called cwget and set a mic beside the speaker of the Yaesu.
all went well. I listened for a while to make sure no-one was already on freq. and then, with my crib sheet in front of me, I called CQ. the software decoded my sending without any difficulty, so, miraculously, it appears that I was actually sending clearly, all be it fairly slowly.
then, horror of horrors, some one answered me!!!!!!
I went completely blank. I could understand my call in return, but hat was it!! the software told me the kind gent returning my call was GI4BBE, but I forgot when I was compiling my cribsheet that i'd need to resend HIS callsign! I couldn't remember what G was. and I hear it 20 times a day on the 2m repeater GB3NI.....
Never felt such an ejit all my life!!
I've tried o message the guy and appologise, but he's not on eQSL and he hasn't an email addy on QRZ.com. he does have a youtube presence, si I've commented on his last vid to say sorry, and thanks......
back to the practice lessons on LCWO!!!!