Thursday, December 30, 2021

Looking back and looking ahead.

 Well here we are again.......finishing off my second year in the Maritimes. It may sound a bit odd, but it seems it has taken just over a year and a half to get used to retirement. I am finally starting to settle into somewhat of a routine. It's been another year of COVID, but I am singing to the choir with this one as we are all well aware of this. Julie and I are fully vaccinated and bootered up and up to this point have managed to avoid COVID. 

As for things radio you can see, and I am happy about my 2021 operating chart from Club log. Not that I have any issues with FT8 or any digi mode, but my goal was to do less of it and more CW operating. There were fewer contacts for 2021 compared to 2020, but I feel that is due to fewer FT8 contacts in 2021.  With FT8 in no time you can bang off 15-25 contacts. 

The plans for 2022 are simple... keep moving with my CW contesting goal of running in contests and  practicing this art. Everything else is icing on the cake. 


PE4BAS, Bas said...

Hello Mike, you're doing well. Interesting you made no SSB QSOs and more CW compared to digital mode. I'm shure it's the other way around at most HAM stations. Hope to meet you in a CW contest next year. I'm shure you will meet your goal for next year. To you and Julie all the best and already a happy new year. 73, Bas

VE9KK said...

Good morning Bas, very nice to hear from you. Yes, there is no SSB contacts as I am never on SSB. Not that I have anything against it, but I find it's the number one mode that can get me interfering with my neighbors. It was interesting that last year it showed .41% of SSB when in fact I have no microphone in the shack? It would be nice to run into you in a CW contest, in the last contest I did have a contact with John AE5X. Thank you very much for the well-wishes and both Julie and I offer up our best to you and your family in the new year.