at the dip; better keep it at about 100 to prevent overload. Go back one point on the loading knob and dip the final once again; thats' better , , . just a hair over 100 . . * leave it kat that. Now flip your meter switch to 'grid'; press your key now; what have we got? Three mils . . . you can use a bit more drive so tune your oscillator dial a bit , . . let's see if we can bring the meter to about 4, Now it peaks at a little over 4, Put the meter switch back on plate' and hit the key again. Now you get about 108 on the dip; go back just a bit on the loading dial and dip the final again , ♦ . that's good , . . 102 now and you're all set to pound out a *CQ' . . , feel up to it?" "Oh, gosh Gramps, do I have to? I'm kinda shaky and maybe I cant make it". "You're the operator Judy, you might as well get used to it , . . you don't want Joe to rr ake the first call do you?" "Hey FN, not me" Joe broke in, "I think Im even shakier than she is". Both FN and Tom gave out with hearty laughs following which FN said, "All right, don't start out with a 'CQ' call then Judy; simply make a few Vs\ send the word 'test' a couple of times, follow it with a single 'de* and your call letters about twice, then an AR to finish off. Want to write that down so you can follow it? Nobody should call you after that and it will give you a chance to get the feel of putting your signal on the ait/' Judy wrote it down as FN dictated and then, not exactly in fear and trembling, but with plenty of misgiving, she rather haltingly made the suggested sequence of characters, stumbling a bit on one or two but reasonably readable. "Joe" said FN, "you want to try the same thing?" "Not this time FN," replied Joe, "I think Til wait till I get my own rig on the air . , , then I won't have to sweat it out twice!" "OK son," laughed FN, "as you !ike, Judy, go ahead and repeat your test call once more . ♦ . fine , , .you re better already. Now make the 'CQ* call . . . Tve written the letters down here for you so you won't have to hesitate. You'll get used to the conventional method for such calls after a few trials then you'll find it automatic". "Well" shrugged Judy, "no time like the present I guess so • , . here goes!" Rather haltingly at the start, she gained confidence as she proceeded an*' wound up with her call and a TT in pretty good style, "Throw your antenna switch to the left Judy and do a little tuning on your receiver. There's a signal . , . hold it; no, he's already working someone. Try another CQ"f Again there was no reply. As Judy appeared a bit crestfallen, FN reassured her with, "You won't get an answer every time you ca;S CQ Judy . . . sometimes it takes a number of calls before someone runs across you. Let's try a different approach; tune slowly around your own frequency on your receiver and see if you can find someone who is sending a CQ; maybe you can raise him". Sure enough, about 3 kHz removed from her own frequency* Judy tuned in a reasonably strong signal, slowly sent as befitted a novice and making rather good character formation. Concentrating with furrowed brow, she copied his call correctly after two false starts; fortunately he repeated it several more times then signed off with AR and

"Go ahead Judy, give him a call" Joe broke in; gosh, I hope my first chance will be with a guy sending as good as that; I can read every letter he makes", Judy looked grim but determined and threw her antenna switch to the 'transmit' side and careful'y spelled out the other stations' call several times, once and followed with her own call a number of times ending with £K\ Back came the antenna switch and her hand automatically reached for the receiver dial knob; she might need to trim his signal slightly if he came back! And . . , he did! Gripping her pencil tightly Judy card ully wrote, letter for letter as the other

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