Dan Bastick, KG5SSB

CWops# 3201, from Tupelo , MS , USA.---->View on Google maps

My primary reason for becoming a ham was to learn Morse code. I was first licensed as a Technician in April 2017. Three months later I upgraded to Amateur Extra. I learned the code on my own and made my first QSO in 2020. I did not have an Elmer, and got on the air by “the seat of my pants.”

I operated CW only for the first three months using a Yaesu FTDX-1200 to an end fed wire antenna. These QSOs were all made with a straight key. Most were SKCC contacts, and I was able to earn my Centurion award quickly. After becoming a Tribune with SKCC, I obtained a Vibroplex Original Deluxe Bug.

Eventually, I started chasing POTA stations and participating in contests using my Bencher BY-1 paddles. This is when I first came across a CWT on the air and learned about CWops and the CW Academy.

Hoping to increase my operating proficiency, I enrolled in the Advanced Class during the Spring of 2022. Thanks to my advisor Joe, KK5NA for nominating me! Thanks to Bruce, K8UDH for sponsoring me! I appreciate all of my sponsors and everyone who worked me during the CWTs.

Currently, I am working towards the Senator award with SKCC. Most of my SKCC contacts are made using a bug. Occasionally, I still use one of my straight keys. I also enjoy a good ragchew.

Clearly, I have the wrong mode on the suffix of my callsign (SSB). Sometimes it makes for a good laugh during a CW contact! It is an honor to be a member of CWops. I am excited to be here. I look forward to making contacts in the CWTs and CW Open with my new number.

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