To say 2017 has been a year of upheaval for me would be an understatement.
A career change at the beginning of the year essentially obliterated my ability to attend meetings that I once enjoyed (amateur radio specifically), which in turn led to little to no involvement in the club that just the year before I’d been president of.
I’d been off-air for nearly a solid year, but this summer, I installed new high-performance coax and raised the 80-10m OCF dipole again, and got back to work making contacts, in search of the elusive remaining entities I need to complete the LoTW-only DXCC achievement (I need 4 more QSLs). I had a great run at the 13 Colonies, grabbing another full sweep.
Then I began a year-long photo-a-day project, which became a major commitment. I’m only halfway done. Once again, radio took a back-seat.
And now another change: I’ve moved across town. The shack is setup and I love my new home office space. Unfortunately, the property isn’t conducive to setting up a long dipole. I’ll be investigating some stealth options, perhaps even attic-based, or end-fed long wires. The shack is on the second floor, so that presents some feedline challenges, but I’m sure I can rig something up.
So in short, hopefully the new year will bring about a renewed interest in the hobby, along with some ideas on how to make radio work in this new location.
Now… what to do with hundreds of unused QSL cards that have the wrong address on them? Sigh.