I just wanted to take the opportunity to say that I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and will have a good New Year this week. We had quite a few family members over for Christmas and we really enjoyed that. My son moved out on Christmas Day, evening so that took a little of the enjoyment away. For the last two weeks or so we have been hearing about this historic storm system that was going to bring massive amounts of snow to our community. The way it ended up was that we did receive about three inches of rain and then about one half inch of sleet along with a little drizzle. It was not the massive blizzard or winter storm that we envisioned but I am happy because we did get some rain. Right now as I type this, the last band of moisture is moving out and there really isn’t much to it so we made out pretty well in this system.
My ham radio world has come to a virtual stand still as every radio that I own has gone out and I can’t find any of my antennas after we moved. My awesome brother did buy me a quad band TYT-9800 radio for Christmas. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that. I mean, I was down to a handie talkie (HT).
I do have five sections of 55G tower sitting in the back yard for an eventual installation but we have been so tight financially that I could not afford the remaining pieces, much less have it installed. At my age, I am not going to install it myself. When I was younger, I helped install several of them but now, it is too dangerous and I don’t even own a safety harness. This will result in a delayed installation until I can save up enough money to have it done.
My GAP Titan DX antenna is missing half the pieces after our move. We had several loads to the storage when we sold our last house and the antenna was taken over in multiple loads and for that reason, I cannot find all the pieces to it. My backup HF antenna, an Alpha Delta DX-LB Plus is also missing after the move. I have searched all over the place for that antenna and cannot find it.
To make matters worse, the only HF radio that I have, the Kenwood, TS-2000 radio has quit on me. So I am at a situation where I have to start from the ground up with limited cash. I am of the mind that I should just finish the tower and get it installed since I am over half way there and then start to save up to replace my aging, not working gear.
I’ve been a ham operator for 32 years and I am starting all over again. I am really blessed to be where I am because many people have it far worse than I do. One blessing that we’ve had this year was my brother getting his ham radio license. His new call is WX5DEL and is studying for his General Class. I am very excited about that. Now my dad, me, my wife and my brother all have licenses. One of my biggest blessings is that my wife is okay with this hobby and supports me. You can’t put a dollar amount on that. God is good.