I’m back to work today after an extended four-day holiday weekend where I managed to check a few tasks off my year-end to-do list. More downtime coming this weekend (New Year’s) but first a few odds and ends:

  • Trouble getting started with LoTW? Check out this handy reference from ZL2IFB

  • On Saturday, December 29th Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sponsors the RAC Canada Winter Contest. Amateurs all over the world are invited to participate

  • The “No-Excuses” 160 Meter Vertical. Stop procrastinating. Build this fun antenna and get on the topband train. by John Miller, K6MM

  • MeteorWatch.org is a central point of information for meteor events, International Space Station passes and a reference guide for astronomy and space related information

  • I recently received LoTW confirmation for a contact with J68GU last month. I’ve worked Saint Lucia several times, but this was my first confirmation of an FT8 contact with that entity so my Digital DXCC count incremented by one. Woot!

And finally… my oldest son closed on a new home a week before Christmas and we used some of our holiday time-off helping him get moved. It’s a nice place on the outskirts of town with a couple of acres. I’ve already picked out a tall tree near the back of his property where I plan to place a picnic table. With a vertical wire supported by that tree I hope to enjoy many warm radio days with the KX3 and a pitcher of sweet tea there next year…