2019 State Of My Hobby Address

You know, this time last year I sat at this very keyboard and typed out quite a lengthy post about what I would like to achieve throughout the year, the kits I would like to get built, the advances I would like to make in my other homebrew projects, make more youtube videos and the like. I do not even have to go back to that list of things to know that I actually ticked off very few of these things.

All in all I am really ok with what I did manage to get done in among family commitments and extra pressure and stress at work that really took up the bulk of my time. But I still did manage to learn many things and advance both my knowledge, skills and even some of my projects as well as posting here on my blog most weeks at least once.

There has also been some rationalization happening here within my view of the hobby. I have cut somethings out, I have not been portable in a park for over 6 months, I just have not had the time, or when I have had the time I have not had the energy to really do anything at all. But the biggest change here and the one that has had the most impact on my personal outlook has been dropping out of all ham radio related social media. Facebook, qrz, eham are all now gone from my life and you know what, its the best thing i have ever done.

The things that really killed it for me are normative questions being answered with strawmen and ad hominem attacks, dick waving my self proclaimed internet experts on everything and dealing with the same old butthurt because someone got touched on the frequency one time and so they are mad at the world. I just cannot in all good conscience entertain such fuckwits in my life on a daily basis. I would like to think that I am better than all that and I certainly do try to be and aspire to be better tomorrow than I am today, so, there comes a time when one has to say enough is enough to the same whine topics that get posted over and over because people just want to bitch. Well, I want to just be happy and enjoy the time I have doing radio, so goodbye social media.

So that was this year, so what about the new decade that starts for me in just over 7 hours at the time of writing this post. Well, next year and next decade is an interesting proposition here. I am not going to write a big list of things that I am going to do because you know as well as i do, that none of it will happen. But instead, I want to get 1 project completed and that project is the hand held 40m rig. Other than that, I have a couple of other boards being made currently in China and one is a test jig with circuits on it for BJT, FET and Op Amp amplifiers stages on it and one MMIC circuit. I have a ton of parts here I have been collecting and I wish to test them all out and see what I want to use in other projects.

So, to all the home brewers out there, who for the most part sit in their labs and do their own thing I wish you all a very happy new year and I wish you luck with whatever it is you are building.

Rob.

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