Thursday, October 15, 2009

(adapted from
I didn't quite know Hairi/9M2GET when I first met him in Perlis. Hairi approached me one day after the lecture on GPRS asking for my prayer as he would be sitting a CW test together with a few more persons including 9M2YAS. He said he wanted a T-Shirt like what I presented to Azman. I wished him all the best.
As soon as he passed is Morse he came on 7.015 to work me. So was Illias/ 9M2YAS. After a few sessions he told me that his wife would also sit for the exam. I started to design TShits for 9M2YAS and 9M2GET once I found their CW ws reaching my award speed of 18 wpm. When the time came I went to Arau to send the T-Shirt. Hairi told me his wife ability in copying and showed me her style of jotting the characters listened. The teacher was 9M2YAS.

There were several students. The regular class went on 144.625 MHZ. I can't hear them from Alor Setar. When I worked Hairi I was so sure that she would also try to copy. My formula is simple; if she could copy my sending at that speed she would surely passed her test. But as a lady and a mother as well a teacher she is always busy. She did not believe that she could do it. CW is not for ladies. But Hairi motivate her saying it should be easy for her as a linguistic teacher.
9M2YAS said the pass was not due to his coaching. It came from within. She organized herself in learning. She systematized it in her way. What the coach said was in fact a mirror of himself. He studied hard too in his own way. It was the belief and the guts.
I promised her that I will present the T-Shirt as soon as she pass, no need to work me at 18 wpm CW. Now we are all waiting for the ticket and in the meantime Hairi is erecting a taller tower.
What I am looking at is the positive thinking stuff and the attitudes. People who are willing to venture and fight against the odds. You survive one and you survive the other. The rate of survival is higher than those who only hope for helps without any effort to help themselves.

The battle is not over yet. I asked them to come on CW using English. Hairi use to work me bi-lingual. 50-50. 50 Malay and 50 English. Now he comes on 100%. I want the chat to be understood by international community who listen. There are plenty of people listening to CW chats and copying them as well. But there will be days the QSOs will be in Malay 80% and 20% English. When I worked Don YB6LD 90% of our CW QSOs were in English. All rag chew.
Great Hams have stories to tell on how they learned Morse. And they keep all their notes from the time they copy nonsense until they were able to copy just a single word and shouted 'Eureka !!!'.