Christmas morning surprise!!!

Well Christmas has past and now it's the New Year that is being pushed with the full force of the media.....join a gym, loose weight and change your career. I'm good with all three of the mentioned BUT lets get back to Christmas shall we........ or to be more precise about a month before Christmas. My wife has been listening to me "mutter" now and then about my ham radio adventure. My blog readers are well aware of my purchase of the Expert Electronics Sun SDR2 Pro SDR transceiver. I was thrilled with the rig and how it preformed was amazing. I did mention how I truly missed the knobs and dials of a "real" radio but at the same time it was somewhat worth giving up for the
waterfall, SDR funtionality and 2 independent receivers. Little did I know Julie was listening to my now and then comments about radios as I read QST. My wife who is not a ham and has made it very clear she has no interest in radio what so ever but she was able to hear my interest in SDR radio and my missing an actual rig put it together and get in touch with our local ham radio dealer. The pictures tell the story of what was under the tree on Christmas morning!!
There is going to be an Expert Electronics Sun SDR2 pro rig that is just over 6 month old up for sale very soon.
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

7 Responses to “Christmas morning surprise!!!”

  • Dave, WD8CIV:

    Wow, now THAT’S a Christmas gift! That radio costs more than my first car. My first three cars put together, if I recall correctly.

    I think it’s safe to say Mrs. VE3WDM is a keeper!

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good morning Dave, that she is for sure and it’s a Christmas/retirement gift as of the end of 2019 I am retired!
    73 and thanks for stopping by to comment.
    Mike
    VE3WDM

  • Harry Latterman K7ZOV:

    Hi Mr. Mike, Glad to see you posting again. Your wife sounds wonderful. I have one that is wonderful also. We are cash challenged and on limited income and both retired. She has no interest in ham radio other then likes seeing me play with my radios. How she has helped over the years with my hobby is allowing me to make as many trades as I want as often as I want until I get what I really want. Trades are not free. Postage is out of control. That said, she has no issue with postage for me shipping. That has been as low as a few dollars and upward to around $100 (shipping and insurance). My last two trades. A KX3 for a 6 month old IC-7300. (sold the PX3 for hobby cash). The last one was a 9 yr old K3/100 and 7 yr old P3 for a new never been used, bought Dec 22, 2017, FTdx5000MPL. Probably the best radio I have ever owned with many of the feature in the 7610. I am using a SDRPlay RSP1 for the bandscope and Win4YeasuSuite for CAT control and the internal bandscope program. Works great. I suspect if we did have extra $$$ my XYL would have bought me a radio also. When I was doing the last trade I was shooting for a K3/P3 trade for a 7610, but in the end got the 5000MPL and have no regrets. Both are outstanding. My 7300 still blows me away. Kind of like a K3 in size and performance and acts like a KX3+PX3+KXPA100+KAT100 in one box without the mess of wires…BTW I still have the K3/100 that was a DOA when I got it and with Elecraft help, and $150 I got it running and it is a keeper…

    So it looks like both of us have our retirement rigs and more then either of us ever expected. Happy dxing .. BTW check out Win4IComSuite… Well worth the money and make life easier to connect to 3rd party applications since it will convert you 7610 single radio into 6 virtual radios.. Add com-0-com and you are all set…

    73 and wishing you and yours a Very Happy New Year

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Well good morning Harry very nice to hear from you, both my wife and I are retiring next year (end of 2019) so next year which is just around the corner we are going to start getting used to the fixed income lifestyle. I will say that I sure can learn from you with all the trading you have done and all the ham gear you have had the privilege of using. The 5000 is a great radio I had the 1000MP and was very happy with it. I do have the Win4IComSuite as in the past I had the Win4k3suite and very much enjoyed it. I too like the idea of having the extra virtual ports as I also like you run more than just one program at a time with the rig.
    Thanks for taking the time to comment and all the best to you and your wife.
    Happy New Year to you both.
    Mike

  • joseph earley ei4gx:

    lucky guy,fantastic gift

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    good evening Joseph, yes I am for sure and yes the gift was amazing!
    Happy New Year
    Mike
    VE3WDM

  • Norman Geuder NG9U,:

    You are a lucky man, indeed! A wonderful wife and nice radios to boot! I am lucky also, I am single, and retired and live on a fixed income. However two years ago, my best friend of 42 years bought me a Kenwood TS-590SG. I chose it. I could never have bought that for myself! It is a wonderful radio, also. 73, Norm, NG9U.

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