Episode #22 - Jitters, Anxiety, and your first QSO

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‘Key Fright’ - The feeling of anxiety, nervousness, and excessive worry about making mistakes sending and receiving Morse code. Most often afflicting new CW operators immediately preceding their first QSO.

Every CW operator remembers their first on air QSO. Sitting in front of your radio, hoping you’d be able to copy code… and praying the other operator sends it slow enough for you to handle. It was really stressful and really exciting all at the same time! And those feelings of relief, joy, and pride you felt swelling in your chest afterward have rarely been matched since.

The anxiety and uncertainty we feel doing something new for the first time is a very common experience. It’s part of what makes us human. It isn’t unique to any particular group of people, nation, or continent… we all get anxious and nervous from time to time.

In this episode, I talk with five CW operators spanning three continents about the jitters, anxiety, being nervous and their first CW QSO experience.

 Daryl Lamble - ZS6DLL, South Africa

Daryl Lamble - ZS6DLL, South Africa

 Johannes Stosch - KI6M, USA

Johannes Stosch - KI6M, USA

 Eric Philipp - K0EAP, USA

Eric Philipp - K0EAP, USA

 Jim Ewing - N4TMM, USA

Jim Ewing - N4TMM, USA

 Hanz Van de Pol - PA3ZZ, Netherlands

Hanz Van de Pol - PA3ZZ, Netherlands

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS PODCAST: 

If you have studied the code and you know it, if you have practiced sending and copying the code… you’re ready. Get On The Air!

Credits and Information About This Episode:

I’d like to give special thanks to our guests,

Daryl Lamble, ZS6DLL, Pretoria, South Africa

Eric Philipp, K0EAP, Lakeville, MN, USA | I highly recommend checking out Eric Philipp’s Twitter feed, @KD0FZT. He is very active on Twitter about CW and ham radio in general. His tweets are fun, informative, and always interesting. Check him out!

Hanz Van de Pol, PA3ZZ, The Netherlands

Jim Ewing, N4TMM, Atlanta, GA, USA

Johannes Stosch, KI6M, Cypress, CA, USA

David Crowley, LCSW

A big thank you to David Henderson and Hendersound Music for giving me permission to use his music in this episode.

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