Missing In Action

This is going to be my last post for sometime. Where to begin. Well, there is nothing nefarious going on at all, just so much life happening. I have been doing a bit of operating over the last couple of weeks and have actually been enjoying it. Of course this has also coincided with a total lack of output in the home brew department.

So for the last 12 months we have been trying to either buy or build a new house and move our lives and everything that this entails to a small town in the country. Its been a journey and a half to say the least. The first rejection was early in the pandemic and no banks were actually lending to anyone who was in business, and me being a small business owner meant that there was no way to proceed. So we just kept saving and waiting things out and then tried again 6 months later.

Move ahead 6 months, hit the banks up again and this time finance was pre approved. In that 6 months the cost of the house we planned to build had increased by $40,000, the pandemic increase because trades are in hot demand and all put their prices up. This was starting to push our finances to the limit, after some changes with the builder we got costs down to closer to what we wanted to spend. Then the bank gave our file to an independent valuer and the valuation came back low. not by an insignificant amount either, but by $50,000. Not a problem really, but it meant that our 80%LVI became 95% LVI and with the mortgage insurance and the extra deposit needed we had to find $15,000 and so that plan was officially dead and buried. That 6 month delay just priced us out of being able to build a new home and everything that we could have desired.

So yet another talk with our mortgage broker and working out what we could afford for an existing property. Then the hunt was on to find a property that did not suck to much or was to much of a compromise on things we just could not live without and fit in with our requirements for work and the like, its not like we are funding this out of retirement savings, we still need to work and pay this off before retirement age.

After much debate and discussion the wife and I decided on a few places and started looking online at properties. Found a couple we both kind of liked and booked a viewing with the agent. When we drove down the driveway of the first place, it just felt homely and welcoming. We put and offer in on it the same day and it was accepted by the owner.

Went though all the drama again waiting on the bank, valuations and all that, this time very favorable, actually our offer was exactly the same as the valuation. Paper work has all been signed and we settle on the 28th of May. So between now and moving in I will not be posting here at all, or if I do it will be infrequently because as of this weekend my whole radio room will be packed up and the antennas will be taken down.

Not long now and we move from a city of 2 million to a small town of 800 people. 2 and 1/4 acres of I cant see nor hear my neighbors, i can put up a real antenna and have more than enough space to plant a fruit forest and grown all my own vegetables. I really cannot wait.

Asta La Vista Baby, I will be back.

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DXCC Digital

Its taken exactly 900 days to work DXCC digital using FT8. I know, i know, but you can work dxcc in 1 day with that mode is what they say, well its taken me 900 days HAHAHAHA. A big thanks to the 100 operators all over the world who have made this possible. Without you, there is no ham radio and no dxcc. You people rock.

ALASKA WL7CG
ARGENTINA LU8VLE
ARUBA P4/K3DMG
ASIATIC RUSSIA RD0F
AUSTRALIA VK3BVW
AUSTRIA OE6MDF
AZORES CU3EM
BARBADOS 8P6EX
BELARUS EW6FW
BELGIUM ON8BB
BRAZIL PY2WND
BULGARIA LZ3CB
CANADA VE1DC
CANARY ISLANDS EA8TL
CENTRAL KIRIBATI T31EU
CEUTA & MELILLA EA9ACD
CHILE CE3YP
CHINA BG3UTD
COLOMBIA HK3W
COSTA RICA TI5LUA
CROATIA 9A6OY
CUBA CO8RCP
CYPRUS 5B60ALJ
CZECH REPUBLIC OK2BOX
DENMARK OZ5HP
DOMINICA J79WTA
EAST MALAYSIA 9W8DEN
ECUADOR HC2AO
ENGLAND G0BNR
ESTONIA ES1JA
EUROPEAN RUSSIA RA3WEO
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY DK8FG
FIJI ISLANDS 3D2TS
FINLAND OH2ZZ
FRANCE F6CEE
GREECE SX200JAO
GUADELOUPE FG5FU
GUAM KG6JDX
HAITI HH2AA
HAWAII K2GT
HONG KONG VR2UPU
HUNGARY HA7TM
INDIA VU2DED
INDONESIA YC2MPF
IRELAND EI7HDB
ITALY IZ4COW
JAPAN JA6VQA
JERSEY GJ0KYZ
KAZAKHSTAN UN7LZ
LATVIA YL2QV
LUXEMBOURG LX1JH
MACAO XX9D
MACQUARIE ISLAND VK0AI
MADEIRA ISLANDS CT9/DF7EE
MAURITANIA 5T5PA
MAURITIUS ISLAND 3B8XF
MEXICO XE1MEX
NETHERLANDS PD1BHZ
NEW CALEDONIA FK8CE
NEW ZEALAND ZL3GAV
NORFOLK ISLAND VI9NI
NORWAY LB1HI
OGASAWARA JD1BHA
OMAN A41KT
PALAU T88DT
PANAMA HP3/NL8F
PAPUA NEW GUINEA P29KW
PERU OA9DVK
PHILIPPINES DU7EYG
POLAND SQ5CSF
PORTUGAL CT1BXT
PUERTO RICO NP3DM
REPUBLIC OF KOREA HL4CJG
ROMANIA YO9HP
SAINT LUCIA J68HZ
SAMOA 5W1SA
SAN ANDRES ISLAND HK0RMR
SCOTLAND MM5DWW
SENEGAL 6W1SR
SERBIA YT3PL
SEYCHELLES ISLANDS S79KW
SLOVENIA S57NCP
SOLOMON ISLANDS H44SHD
SPAIN EA5GPQ
SRI LANKA 4S6RYD
SURINAME PZ5RA
SWEDEN SM3PHM
SWITZERLAND HB9FXU
TAIWAN BU2CB
THAILAND HS0ZIV
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 9Z4Y
UKRAINE UR7IZ
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA W9CSX
URUGUAY CX1RL
US VIRGIN ISLANDS KP2B
VANUATU YJ0AFU
VENEZUELA YV5DRN
VIET NAM 3W9XG
WEST MALAYSIA 9M2TO
WESTERN KIRIBATI T30GC
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Ham Radio and April 1

So i posted the following on QRZ this morning as my April 1 ham radio prank, i thought it was funny, but i guess i triggered a couple of peeps butthurt, because I got 2 emails abusing me HAHAHA. Gotta love gutless hams and their abuse emails. 😉

VK4HAT SK 1-4-2021

I regretfully inform you that Rob, VK4HAT became silent key at 6am this morning when he turned off his radio. Rob has donated his body to medical science and the family will cremate his radios in his place and their ashes will be sold to members of the local radio club.

Rob’s memoir titled “How To Be A Real Ham In The 21st Century, I Am Not One Of You” is set to be published next month by the Radio Amateur Institute of Australia. In it, he details is rise from an unknown in a room full of nobody’s, to the mediocre success and relative obscurity he achieved in his latter years.

His achievements include building things that do not work, taking 5 years to earn dxcc in one day and making the bullies of the hobby cry. But mostly, he was an elmer to those who needed an elmer because the elmers had left the building, being replaced with the council of boomers, with whom Rob often clashed with, like any other council officer, parking inspector and city ordinance officer.

Rob is survived by his wife, 5 children, 5 grandchildren, 2 cats and a dog.

RIP OM, 73 GUD DX.

Executor of the estate — Harry Harry and Bruce Layers.

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