I am cooking pizza for dinner. Cant have pizza without pickled jalapenos, go to the fridge, jar is almost empty, go to the cupboard looks like Im all out. Go down to the garden and do a bit of shopping and pick a 2 litre ice cream tub full from the 2 tiny plants I have. Looks like I am pickling jalapenos tomorrow.
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As I get older I find that I am becoming much more accepting of other people, especially those that are different to me. Rather than get upset about someone’s pronouns, I have decided to use gender neutral pronouns more generally. In that vein, I have made a new years resolution to refer to people who shit me off by using their gender neutral pronoun.
2023 has been the first time I have worked more than 100 entries in the calendar year. While there is still time to add a few more, that wont be happening, not sure when I will have time to do any radio with the holidays and painting the house 🙂
144 worked is not a bad effort for a tiny station with a couple of vertical antenna. As the cycle continues to improve I guess I should be able to beat this current record and maybe even work 100 on a single band. Yeah lots of FT8 and not a lot of anything else, though I have done a fair bit of CW and SSB, its just mostly been domestic and not stuff I log typically.
Anyway, merry holidays and a happy ramma ramma ding dong to everyone.
Can i just say this, painting is a arseholes job. When we bought this place, it was not completed, the windows were not trimmed out and most of the external walls had not been painted. What was painted was on its last legs and needed scraping, sanding and repainting. The old guy who built the place just ran out of steam as age got the better of him. So here I am painting and I hate it HAHAHA. Its going to look good when its done, but this is not even 1/4 of the way though yet. This might take me the rest of my natural life and then some of the unnatural parts as well HAHA.
Yesterday I managed to work 3 new dxcc entities, Lakshadweep Island, Eastern Kiribati and Cocos-Keeling Islands. At a rough count, this gets me close to 200 entities worked. Maybe like 198 or 199, need to do a closer count of both logs with cross referencing to make sure, but its pretty close.
I have never had a tower, never had a beam, actually I have hardly ever changed antennas ever. The setup for the last 6 years has either been a 40m dipole and a tri band vertical or now a 40m 1/4 wave vertical and the same tri bander for 20, 15 and 10m. I have also never been one of those guys who pretends to be king of the dx and bragging how great he is while running a 2kw amp on FT8, lets face it we all know who they are and they are abundant.
I have always had goals, work dxcc as a f-call, done, build a transceiver, done, home brew 100w, done, learn cw, done, work 3 band dxcc, done, work dxcc in a calender year, done this year with 144 worked so far, while working 200 entities was never on the list I am surprised that even with my maximum of 100w and 2 vertical antennas I have gotten even close to working 2/3rds of what is possible.
So what’s next? I really do not know. I have pretty much accomplished everything that I set out to accomplish and then so much more and I have done it my way and staying true to myself. For a long time the assumption was getting to here would mean upgrading the license (that is going to happen), amping up, tower and yagi and dx easy mode, but I am actually thinking of going the entire opposite way even though I have built an amp in the last month that does 200w on 40m and with a change of fets will go 400w to 6m. Rather, upgrading the license still but going much more experimental.
Like packing away the Icom and putting a home brew CW rig there, by keeping the antennas I have and not beaming up like scotty, by running the station 24/7 doing propagation research with multiple receivers and transmitters running wspr and skimmers and transmitting cw and wspr on an hourly schedule and having nothing more than 5 watts on tap. I am thinking that the future is not more and bigger, but less and that actually seems much more compelling than spending my way into dx glory.
I think I now have a plan.