The last contest I worked was CQP back in October, 2010 as K6B, which was cut short due to my parents arriving in NoCal. I knew this and had planned for it. Unfortunately since that contest I have not even turned on the rig. The end of 2010 and early 2011 are usually consist of a great group of contests, such as ARRL RTTY Roundup and the NAQP CW, both taking place this weekend! RTTY RU was one of my best contests in 2010, unfortunately I forgot to submit the log.
So why has operating been non-existent? Fantasy football took a large portion of my time since the beginning of the season. Now that the NFL regular season is over it’s on to playoffs through February. Another reason behind the “no radio” time has been the lack of time off from work. Any time I have taken has been to continue working on the remodel, which STILL continues. With any luck cabinets will arrive next week and by February we should be back to something that resembles normal.
Not sure if that will result in a return to radio. I am guessing it will be a very down season for any operating until I can accrue more vacation time and stockpile floating holidays. Right now, I don’t have much of either, so operating will only be on a very sporadic basis. This could be a blessing though, as it will hopefully give me some additional time to get caught up on my QSLing. I am well over a year behind in cards and even electronic QSLs. My K6B operation resulted in some 900+ contacts, of which I have uploaded the logs for the NCCC special event, as well as CQP. If I was sent a QSL card with money for postage or a SASE, I have returned those, but for those other cards I have received, I have not had time.
There have been some great deals I have seen come across the NCCC Reflector about towers and have been excited e-mailing the owner. Unfortunately a tower in my backyard, even freestanding if probably out of the question…still. Those deals have probably already lapsed, which leaves me back at square one and looking at a taller mast from Channelmaster or Rohn.
Thankfully this is a very relaxing hobby for me and while I do miss out on working RTTY and CW during a contest it will not take much to get back into it, if and when I have some free time to give to radio. Hell, depending on what we have going tonight I could put in time on both NAQP CW and RTTY RU on 40/80M and then tomorrow morning/afternoon on 15/20 for RTTY.