An homage to Sean...N0SHU
I'm missing Field Day today. To those of you who aren't hams, that's a day to celebrate the hobby of amateur radio (ham radio). But I have a little cloud hanging over my ham radio enthusiasm. My brother, the one who encouraged me to get into ham radio 20+ years ago, passed away in a motorcycle accident last week. In honor of Sean, I wanted to share a little ham radio-related anecdote.
Many of you (hams) may know I started learning to copy and send Morse Code about 18 months ago. My transceiver allows me to practice sending Morse Code by reading what I am sending and giving me a visual display. Of course I practiced sending my own call sign, NQ0N (N0YCA at the time), but I also spent a lot of time practicing my brother's call, N0SHU.
As a beginner, I struggled with sending the dits and dahs of Morse Code correctly and with the proper spacing. In Morse Code, the dits and dahs that make a U, the last character in my brother's call sign, are the same dits and dahs that make up an I and a T (you CW guys know what's coming). My transceiver kept telling me I was sending N0SHIT rather than N0SHU. My brother knew his call sign in Morse Code, but not the ramifications of a little hesitation or stutter when sending the U. When I discovered this and told Sean, we laughed about it a lot, and wondered what sort of response we would get on the air if we hesitated a little with the U and sent an IT instead (likely, N0SH?). Sadly, he won't get to know. I am going to try to get his call sign as my own, and every now and then, when no one is biting on the air, I may have to dangle out the "hesitating-U" lure, to see what kind of reaction I get.
That's it. Hope all of you hams have a good field day today. 73 #hamradio #amateurradio