Ham radio enthusiasts have been historically resilient. It just makes sense when you consider it in the context of the early days of radio. If some new design or concept didn’t work as planned and had that caused our predecessors to simply give up, we wouldn’t be here today.
When the “going gets tough the tough get going” is a phrase that sums up radio pioneers from a century ago and I believe it extends to this present day. As an example, then the bands don’t cooperate using well-known communication methods we don’t give up, we dream new ways to make contacts.
Also interesting to me is how one segment of the hobby has embraced portable operation because they can’t or prefer not to do their radio work from a home “shack”.
Advances in lightweight, high-performance equipment along with battery and non-traditional energy sources has been impressive. And then there are the many games we invent to challenge ourselves to make the most of the way we advance the art of radio from the field.
Here’s another phrase I’ve heard recently, “micro-adventure”. In the context of our hobby it often is used to describe operations from parks, mountain tops, or a floating vessel. These aren’t on the scale of a large, modern DXpedition but these include many of the same challenges only in a “micro” format. I really like the concept of the “Micro-Adventure” and that might find its way onto a printed tee-shirt or hat next year…
Just today I saw another similar phrase.
Elecraft will soon be shipping their new 4-foot telescoping whip antenna intended for 20 and 17 meter operation with the KX3 or KX2 transceivers. The efficiency of a very short antenna isn’t especially good, but it’s not unusual to trade performance for convenience. To this end, Wayne Burdick, N6KR wrote that there are times in the field when you can setup a larger, more efficient antenna, but this new ultra-portable unit was intended for pedestrian or “quick deployment field operation”.
That reminded me of my desire to carry my KX3 with only the internal batteries and attached key to a nearby State Park for frequent but brief thirty-minute operations from a picnic table.
Call it a “micro-adventure” or a “quick-deployment field operation” or whatever you like - we all make our fun wherever and however best we can.