A time for celebration

The time has come to move onto the next adventure in my life.....retirement. Today was my last day at work, a company were I had been for 30 years. It is going to be a huge routine change for me but I want to make sure in this next phase that I do get into a routine. There is some changes that are coming down the pipe that already have been put into motion. The first change is we are moving from Toronto Ontario to the out skirts of Moncton New Brunswick in Atlantic Canada. Julie and I are not city folks and were really only in Toronto as it was closer to where we both worked. New Brunswick offers a slower pace, lower cost of living, it may sound funny but it's dark at night and quite too. As for ham radio I will be changing to a VE9 call from my present VE3 call. I have always wanted a 2 letter call but here in Ontario it's a very difficult challenge. I noticed on our Federal Governments website that in New Brunswick there are plenty of 2 letter calls available. The other week I was looking at them to see which ones had a nice CW ring to them.
Once settled into the new place with boxes unpacked, furniture setup, the little "oh look at that" stuff around the house that has to be fixed and resting my weary bones once all that is said and done it's time to setup for radio.
I have always wanted to get involved in the CWops CW acadamy program to get my code speed up to some decent contest speed. I had looked at this program in the past but with work I just could not see myself having the needed time they were asking of students. I did not want to take a spot to find I could not complete the demanding program. I would have blocked someone who had the time and could advance. So this is a program I want to look into and get my code moving in the direction I have always wanted it too.
Paying more attention to my blog regarding posting and updating as I am sad to say it has taken a back seat. In the past I did not want to post for the sake of posting something. I hope with retirement and my increase activity in amateur radio with operating, reading and going to club meetings it will spur me on to posting.
Along with the above activities there will projects around the house, getting out to exercise and saying a warm hello to our new neighbours. Then there is the touring around the area that Julie and I can do as well.
I am not sure how many posts I will be pumping out in the near future as our move is at the end of August and before that it's the task we all love....packing. The the next task.....unpacking and setting up.
Thanks to all for your support with the reading and commenting on my blog and as the song goes
 "see you in September"

Mike Weir, VE3WDM, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Ontario, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

22 Responses to “A time for celebration”

  • Richard KWØU:

    Thanks for sharing, Mike, I’m sure you and Julie will have a great time. Just be aware that before the move you’ll find more stuff to get rid of than you can believe, and once settled you will be busier than you expect. Enjoy the change, and here’s to better DX from your new QTH!

  • Rob KC5RET:

    Congrats on retirement Mike. I’m 4 years and 3 months behind you. Please report every so often about how things are changing for you in retirement.

    73, Rob, KC5RET

  • Bruce ND8I:

    Mike, Congratulations on retirement. I slid into it starting about 5 years ago. It’s great! I predict that you’ll love it.

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Richard, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read the blog. We are already going over what we do and don’t need and as you say once we move we will see more that we don’t need. I look forward to being busy with both the house and radio. Keeps me out of trouble…..:))
    73
    Mike
    VE3WDM

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Thanks for the congrats Rob, for sure I will be posting on the blog how things are going but having said that I am very new to this and getting used to it. I will be posting of how the adventure is going.
    Thanks for taking the time to comment Rob.
    73,
    Mike
    VE3WDM

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Bruce thanks for your comment, it’s great to hear that you are having a blast and at this point I am still nervous about the whole thing! I am hoping to settle in and start relaxing.
    73,
    Mike
    VE3WDM

  • Robert K9HOU:

    I’m with you. I left the Chicago area and went to Houston Texas. No more snow and ice for me and XYL. Have been studying my code on line getting up to speed also.I do get hours to see to it most days.
    73s and take care.

  • Colin GM4JPZ:

    Congrats, Mike, and I’m sure you’ll have a great time at your new place. It’s quite a change of pace being retired, and you’re right to be planning to fill your time usefully. My XYL complained about me swanning around the house with a smile on my face for the first few weeks, but she got used to it and yours will too! Good luck and keep us posted:-)
    73,

    Colin

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Robert, I wish where we were moving was less snow but that would be a dream. Down east they are famous for the snow but I really don’t care as I am retired and if it snows big time I will just relax at home and wait for the roads to be cleared and then go about my biz. As for the code I really want to spend the time to get it up to a decent contest speed as well as a conversation speed as well. I would be thrilled if I could “arm chair copy” the code without relying on a pen and paper.
    Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment Robert.
    73,
    Mike
    VE3WDM

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Hello Colin and thanks for stopping by and commenting, it’s so true……I have not been at home for to long at all and my dear wife is already asking me…….”is this what it is going to be like?” I just have a smile on my face. It’s so true you really have to have plans and just not wait to see what comes along as if you plan that way really nothing will come along. For sure I will keep posting regarding the adventure.
    73,
    Mike
    VE3WDM

  • va3get:

    Mike i have been retarded for the last 3 years, never seems to be much slack time, busier know than before, don’t know where the time goes. LOL 73

  • Mike VE2WDM:

    Marilyn good evening, that is great to hear as for me at this point in time I am still nervous about the whole retirement thing but I guess in time I will see the light and understand that I am retired.
    73,
    Mike
    VE3WDM

  • Tim 4X1ST:

    Congrats and good luck with the move!!

  • Melanie AA0RV:

    Congrats on retirement!

  • Kyle N4NSS:

    Ahhhhh Retirement.. Every day will be a Saturday from now on. Only problem though, the Golden Years aren’t that golden so do what you can now before you can’t.
    Make a bucket list and the two of you get at it!. Best Wishes.

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good afternoon Tim, thanks for the well wishes.
    73,
    Mike
    VE3WDM

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Very nice to hear from you Melanie, we have kicked things off with a trip to the beach today!
    73,
    Mike
    VE3WDM

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good afternoon Kyle and very wise advice for sure. We never take our health for granted at all. Our plans are to get moved and let the adventures begin.
    73,
    Mike
    VE3WDM

  • Jose KP4JM:

    Congratulation on your retirement!
    A new part of your life,

  • Rick KE6LL:

    Hi Mike, congratulations on your retirement! I retired 4 years ago, but that was due to a layoff, which actually worked out for the best! I had 36 years with the company at the time. I was planning on retiring in 2020, so it was a bit early, but I ended up taking care of my Dad. He passed last month, so I’ve been going through his “house” downstairs cleaning, deciding what to keep, what to toss. He was N6QDJ. It hasn’t really hit me that he’s gone. Anyway, I’ve been working harder since retiring than I ever did at work, what with honey-dos, tinkering with various projects, etc. Trust me, you won’t have time to be bored! Congrats again!

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Jose, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. It certainly is a new chapter and I am just starting to relax. Like you I worked for a power company up this way and was a medium power substation overhead tech.
    All the best Jose and all the best.
    73,
    Mike
    VE3WDM

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Rick and thanks for the comment, very sorry to hear about your dad and for sure it is a very rough time. You just don’t know how much your going to miss someone until they are gone. Going through the house for sure would bring back memories. We were just out to lunch with a couple who are retired and they said the same that I would be very busy in retirement.
    Have a great week Rick,
    73
    Mike
    VE3WDM

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