This afternoon, after I finished taping a video about installing expanding foam under a concrete slab, I opened my email to discover a letter written by André Erkelens who lives in Arnhem, Netherlands.
I only made it about one third of the way into it before I got choked up. A tsunami of emotions overwhelmed me. Awe, thanks, wonder, and joy were all tumbled together.
I’m not ashamed to say André’s letter caused more than a few tears to roll down my cheeks.
Once I collected myself I forwarded André’s letter and email to my very good friend and CW mentor, Jim Cluett, W1PID. He’s a professional writer and very much in tune with how humans should act towards one another. I knew he’d appreciate what André had to say.
Please read André’s letter. The video he talks about is just below his words so you can see what he was talking about.
I can’t begin to tell you the enormous pleasure this hobby of amateur radio has brought to me. It’s even more perplexing that a disjointed talk I gave at my radio club was able to provide inspiration to a man thousands of miles away.
Thanks André for taking the time to write to me and believe me, your English is far better than my Dutch!
Arnhem- The Netherlands April 2016
After a long period of almost 28 years I picked up my radio hobby again. And it makes a lot of fun!
First of all I asked back my old SWL number which I have had when I was 18 years old. Then I could buy a Kenwood R-5000 rx (only 250 euro!) which really was something I only could dream of when I was young. It´s an amazing receiver!
Then I also started to learn for my novice licence. I got it in September 2014 and that was also a boy’s dream that came out! Now I can transmit on 40 meter (7.050-7.100khz)(5watt), on 20 meter (14.000-14.250khz)(2,5 watt) and the whole 10meter band.
For that last band I don´t have a transceiver. I am saving money for it now.
The reason why I write this mail is to say THANK YOU for your YouTube movie about CW. I think you gave a lecture there for other hams and it really inspired me!!
I really really like to learn CW and now I am more inspired than ever!!
I have an app on my I-pod touch which is cw light an that works really nice. I practice on 18 wrts per minute.
I read some articles from your hand on your website they are also good! For a few months I also bought a CW key from tsechoslowakia and it feels very nice. But I can’t use it yet. I will build myself a little rig for CW for 20 meter band maybe something like tuna tin or similar.
A picture of me and my rig is on qrz.com so you can take a look on it. My Call is PD9ZM, the last letters are the initials of my wife’s name.
We are married for 24 years in Hungary, there she lived and there I met her when I worked there as a volunteer for Youth for Christ in a home for mentaly ill boys. She was a nurse there. We have four children: Noémi (23), Henk (21), Hannah (19) and David(almost 16).
I am 47 years old and work as a teacher (German language) at a secondary school. Before that I worked in a factory and repair welding machines, before that I worked as a service technician for BP gas stations and before that I worked as a nurse with mentally ill people and before that I seld an repair laboratory equipment. You see that I have switched a lot with jobs but I al enjoyed it very much!
Sorry for my English ist very poor I know.
Thanks again Tim and al the best for you and your family!!
73, de PD9ZM André Erkelens
Arnhem, The Netherlands
Still self promoting I see 😉
I’ve experienced some of the same awe and gratefulness with QSO’s over the last few years. Some memories will stay with me to my SK. Would not have been possible if not for amateur radio (and a prod from my bud TC).