[​IMG]Seems I have forgotten everything I thought I had learned so far. This is very frustrating for me. I took a complete 24 hours off between sessions to see if that helped but as of tonight’s lessons I am drawing a blank. I would like to say I could have used another full week in between lessons but I don’t know if that would do any good either. I guess the morale of this story is, If you fill yourself sinking, grab a life vest and swim harder! Don’t give up! I so wanted to give up this week but I had to believe this would pass. Time off was of great importance. I started back up just listening to letters that I already thought I new and the ones I was having problems with. I left the lessons for a while and just listened. When I went back to the lessons it took me a while but it has started to come back. There is an old saying, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging!” I had to stop digging and I think it did help by taking a day or longer off. Just get back at it and never give up.


Richard Barnich, KA8BMA, sent me this as a comment. Thanks Richard, it came at a much needed time. “It’s the glass half full or empty scenario. Grasshopper, dwell on what you have mastered not on what you have not!”

TIP: We can all use encouragement at times. Doesn’t matter what we are trying to accomplish. Reach out and encourage someone that you might think needs it. I know I have needed it during this course.

We practiced sending during the on-line lesson 10 and everyone’s did a good job at it, for our skill level, but it is easier to send than to receive. I do believe you need to practice sending and it helps with your confidence to get on the air, which we are ever getting so much closer to doing. It is scary!

As of the end of this lesson, session 10, we have learned all the letters and numbers and a few call signs. Most of us don’t have them all down yet but we have been exposed to them all.

So what did I do between session 9 and 10? Well not much to tell the truth. I listened to code on my phone and my tablet. I do notice the sounds are different on each device I use even if I set the tone to the same, I use tone 700. Sometimes my phone skips a code, for instance, it sound like on the W it is — instead of .– and I can only say it does it some times. So it maybe a good idea when learning to stick with one device unless your devices sound pretty similar.

Until next time, keep practicing and stay at it, don’t give up with the clouds are the darkest. .

Aloha and 73!

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