Another nice day in the Heartland. Cloudy with temperatures expected to reach the upper sixties. Trees are budding, green things are getting greener, and the lawn mower is certain to see action soon…

I’m working from home again today. It was just over one year ago that I was sent home to work due to the virus. This week begins my second year of exile. I’ve been sipping coffee for an hour and suspect this will be a two-pot day. It’s a breakfast blend from Mystic Monk Coffee, a small group of Carmelite Monks who roast coffee in Wyoming.

John, K9EL manager of the DX Marathon announced the availability of a new plaque for the top worldwide score on 60 meters. The first plaque will be awarded for the 2020 60m high score. By the way, the 2020 DX Marathon scoring has been completed and the results will be published in the June issue of CQ Magazine and on the DX Marathon website around June 1, 2021.

The Spring NCDXF Newsletter is available for download and as usual includes plenty of interesting content. I particularly enjoyed reading about improvements to the worldwide Beacon Network. NCDXF has funded a new Dual Band Discone (DBD) antenna program, designed to help DXers worldwide better understand what is actually happening on the bands in real time. Don’t miss the newsletter or the opportunity to shoot them a few bucks.

That Ramble On post continues to reverberate generating a lot of feedback. The notion of a radio amateur stepping away after years in the hobby is unsettling but it happens all the time. We just don’t usually know those who are quitting. But some we do know, like Bob Bruninga, WB4APR - the father of APRS who recently wrote, “My hobby has turned towards Electric cars and Solar now….”