Emily Saldana, KB3VVE, was first licensed in 2011 and currently holds an Amateur Extra license. She is both a SOTA activator and chaser, actively participates in National Parks On The Air where she has achieved 53 national parks so far, was a member of the second team ever allowed to activate the Statute of Liberty and has soloed and operated from the Appalachian Trail numerous times.
Emily is a member of a Search and Rescue Team (Cumberland County SAR Team 400, Carlisle PA) where she holds the position of Radio Communications and Assist Chief. She is also a paramedic supervisor at a rural fire company run ambulance company.
Emily began learning Morse code in 2016.
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TAKE AWAYS FROM THIS PODCAST:
If you want to get another CW operator's attention;
Call at a speed or rhythm that's different from all the other callers.
Call slightly off frequency. Don't zero beat the person you're calling. Being slightly off frequency changes the tone of your signal and makes it more distinct.
Use the ARRL CW Archive files to help improve copy skills and speed.
Don't be afraid of making a mistake because mistakes can easily be corrected with a string of dits.
When you're learning CW make goals. You're more likely to be successful if you have a goal to work towards than if you don't.
Use various methods of learning to help achieve your goals. If you just stick to one method chances are you're going to get bored. Make use of mobil apps, computer apps and on-line resources to mix things up and keep your learning interesting.
As long as you're working towards your goal... you're going to improve and get better.
Don't be afraid to get on the air. Find a buddy to learn and practice the code with.
Start a "Bedtime Story Net". Using children's stories to practice sending and receiving on the air is a brilliant and fun idea! Use this one.
Don't be nervous. Setting up a sked with a buddy for your first few QSOs can help a lot.
Look for slow CQs. If you don't hear any then send one!
LINKS TO ORGANIZATIONS AND WEBSITES MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST:
The Old 40 Meter Novice CW Frequiencies - 7.025-7.125 MHz
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