Winding Down

The unusually warm weather that ruined any hope for a White Christmas finally has given way to cooler temps. The near-constant drizzle of rain has turned to light snow showers. It’s hardly succor for a fellow who enjoys winter weather but I can’t do much about it.

At least it makes my sitting in a Starbucks right now sipping coffee, looking at the weather out the window just feel right. This begins week number two of my lovely year-end holiday and the house was too quiet with the wife having gone to work so off I went. Not sure what else might be on the agenda today, but I’ll find some way to stay out of trouble to be certain.

All the bits and bobs needed to install my new tri-band vertical still haven’t arrived and honestly, that’s okay with me. I’m really enjoying this long break from work and am uninterested in spending the holidays working on yet another project. I might stand out in the backyard and wave the Arrow antenna toward these gray skies, but that’s all the antenna “work” that’s going to happen today.

I have compiled some log stats for 2019. It was another year with noticeably less overall activity than usual. Just 44 DXCC’s worked last year. I think you can track the solar cycle through the entries in my station log. Digital work made up 60% of the total while CW and Phone were split evenly. Last year most of the digital contacts were made using FT8, this year most were RTTY. It will be more interesting to review my log at the end of 2020 as I expect to work VHF and up almost exclusively in 2020.

And since tomorrow is New Year’s Eve, I’ve been trying to compile a short list of resolutions for 2020. It’s silly, but has become a blogging tradition to itemize things that can and cannot possibly come to pass. Hope springs eternal…


Merry Christmas

1925 Hallmark Christmas card

The Fat Man Flies

Tonight’s the night the Fat Man Flies. Make sure the kiddies are in bed early enough that he can finish his work at a decent hour!

Tonight’s the night!

One of the guys from the Sunday evening 6M AM net mentioned to me that he hangs out every morning with a group on 50.145. Tough luck for me that I’m at work every morning. But with a long holiday break I checked in on the Magic Band this morning.

Sure enough, there was traffic right where it was supposed to be. It wasn’t a band-opening, just a group of “locals” chewing the fat. One of them was in Sturgis, Michigan. Probably 110 miles as the crow flies. Others were here in town, and a few others were scattered in between here and there. It’s nice to know there’s regular activity on 50MHz in these parts.

I’m up and rolling early to complete a couple errands before everything closes early. Lots to do and the kids will be coming in this evening so time is short. I like Christmas but I also like the peaceful still that comes in its aftermath. Peace to you and yours!