[CQ-Contest] Since we are all performing the 'mea culpa's'

Chuck K3FT k3ft at erols.com
Sat Feb 2 16:49:44 EST 2002

and sharing in the common bond of 'been there, done that, got that red-face', I'll add
When I was first licensed to op 'phone, after upgrading to Gen from Novice, back in
1970,  - DAMN! that seems SO long ago <grin> - I used to operate VOX because I enjoyed 
not having to mash the foot switch or push the PTT button. <Note.. the operative word is

Was setting my clock and listening to CHU on 7335 kHz. They skip the time tick at:30 
during each minute.  I had just set the clock and was awaiting the next cycle 
annoucement to see that I was 'right on' the money. Well, the :30 approached, the
tick went away, and without thinking I yelled nice and loud "HEY! YOU MISSED ONE!" just
for fun.

To my chagrin I heard the click-click of the VOX relay.. the transmitter keyed and OUT 
it went.  WOnder, to this day.. if anyone heard that.

Ahh, Amateur Radio! It is a never ending series of exciting times, indeed!

Chuck K3FT

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