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This was my last year as a rookie and I worked all 3 roundups - Phone, RTTY, and CW. I thought the RTTY Rookie Roundup would be my last but decided to learn CW. This was my first attempt at CW and I had a great time! Thanks to all of the non-rookies for their patience with the new CW operators.
I usually spot and pounce for contests, but decided to try running this time. My ear is not as sharp as I thought it was! Thank you to all the patient ops for repeating your calls for me. The day seemed to start slow, but picked up after the early football games were over. I thought 15m was going to be the band of the day, but that didn't seem to work out. Thank you to 20m & 40m for supporting my signal. I didn't hit my score goal, but did pick up 3 of the 5 states missing from my CW WAS. I am very happy with that result. Just wish I had been able to pick up a few more mults, especially VE, XE, and a DX. Again, thanks to all the rookies and non-rookies for joining in on this fun contest!
The contacts made here are some of my very first CW QSOs. Only had 90 minutes available. Perhaps more time will be available next year.
Very worth while and lots of fun. Some very good ops among the stations I worked. All who participated are to be congratulated on their achievement.
K2 @ 75W and Windom The K2 called CQ R often over 3 hours or so. Only worked 4 Rookies. 73 & HH to All, Dick, K2ZR/4 Key West, IOTA NA-062
UTC CALL NAME YEAR STATE 1951 KK4CCL ROY 11 KY 1956 K9CT CRAIG 67 IL 2000 WN4AFP DAVE 75 SC 2011 NR3P PAUL 11 MD
K2 and 10 watts here. Thanks to all that could hear me. 73/Jim/K4AOA
FT1000MP, 100W, TH6DXX, dipole, inverted vee. Worked many non-rookies for non counting QSOs. Had on amp by mistake for first three rookie QSOs, so these are not counted. After reduced power to 100W, worked 26 rookies in 17 states. Very glad to find some new CW ops, including local friend KK4BNC. Keep up the good work. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. 73, John, K4BAI (year 1954)
Fun Test. Several YL Rookies worked. Happy Holidays
Much better than last year!
Need more rookies!! Wide range of abilities represented...from 15 to 22 wpm.
I just started CW 1 month ago and this was my first contest. It was a lot of fun. I wish I would have taken up CW earlier...some of the new guys were flying.
Yesterday, my daughter, Jennifer, KK4RTF, got into the Rookie Roundup at my urging, and made her first CW contacts ever! She has been operating here with the Goat Farm group for about the last year and a half in M/M RTTY contests, 'just to help her Dad out'. She acquired an interest and this past spring got her Tech license, but until yesterday, she had not been on the air with CW. She did have the benefit of being able to use a station with 'robust' antennas. Thanks to everyone for the contacts, and sending at appropriate speeds. Many familiar calls were logged. She did find N5RZ's name of 'Gator' amusing. Steve, NR4M and Jennifer, KK4RTF (the Goat Farm)
That was good CW practice. I was grateful that there were many long-licensed operators willing to come back to my pitifully slow CQ (5 wpm), and suffer through requests for QRS and RPT PLS. Wish I were able to contact more rookie stations (not many on the bands, it appears). Thanks for keeping this going!!!
Very few rookies found - more non-rookies calling cq!
Low turnout, possibly due to poor choice of dates, i.e. the Sunday before Christmas when many are very busy with other things and an NFL Sunday. Also, lack of significant promotion. (Even some of the items on the Novice RR page on arrl.org needed updating). Many OTers seemed not to know how to call CQ. There were far too many "CQ RR"s, rather than "CQ R," being sent by people licensed decades ago. Maybe some outreach to CW clubs, such as FISTS, SKCC, CWops and FOC would help. Finally, why does this form allow non-rookies to enter non-rookie QSOs for inclusion in the score that's being calculated?
N1MM / K3 / 40 and 80m delta loop in palm trees. Many thanks to all the participants and to the ARRL for sponsoring the Rookie Roundup. 73 KV4QS
Fun to spend a few hours working the Rookies on CW. Thanks also to the many non-Rookies who also made an effort to get on and make a few QSOs. 73, Ward N0AX
I will miss operating as a rookie in the roundups. Thanks to all the non-rookies who took the time to SLOWLY work us.
Could only participate for 40 minutes, but great fun!
Had fun during the time I could operate. Had a few non-rookies answer my CQ R; they're not included in my score submission. Good luck to all the FB rookies that participated. I hope to hear you all on the air in future contests. Always QRP, always CW - 73 de NQ2W
Many thanks to all who worked us rookies, for your patience. We learn more with each contact- and the learning curve is steep. 73, NR3P
I had a lot of fun working the Rookies with my newly vintage FT-ONE and SpeedX Hand Key
All contacts QRP
It was fun. Thanks. Log uploaded to LofTW...
This was fun. Unfortunately, I could only work the last hour and 20 minutes.
My first Rookie Roundup was the "Novice Roundup" back in the late 1970's.