Over the past several weeks a number of friends have emailed describing their very important, personal “Amateur Radio Firsts:”
- First PSK31 Contact
- First QSO with their brand new license
- First QSO using their Upgrade Priveldges
- First Mode X, Y or Z QSO
- First DX QSO from their new home station
- and more!
In every case I enjoy sharing that moment of wonderment as they make personal accomplishments in Amateur Radio.
Not all that many of us get to try something “really & truly new” in Ham Radio, and in many cases “the path is well worn” to different operating goals.
That in no way diminishes the personal accomplishment of these Personal Firsts. To use an example from another sport, just because men have been parachuting in one form or another since the 15th Century doesn’t blunt the personal mastery of fear to make a person’s first jump!
In the same way the first QSO of a new licensee, of a newly assembled station, or first award is special.
It has been a shared joy to learn of each of my friends’ new accomplishments! Three Cheers to them, and waiting to hear of their next joys!