Hello Everyone!

WOW!  It’s been a while.  Almost four years have passed since I last posted any content to my blog site.  Also, according to my blog site it appears the last thing I posted about was announcing the 71st episode of PARP.  PARP of course was my Practical Amateur Radio Podcast. Anyway….I’m not dead…at least not yet!

Extraordinary Times

We’re truly living through and in, extraordinary times at the moment.  I’m currently at the half-way point (hump day) of my 4th week of self-isolation, work from home.  Thankfully both my wife and I have jobs which allow us to work from home.  My role, occasionally  requires me to venture into the office (generally twice a week).  Of course the office is mostly empty.  Just a few security guards and on a rare occasion I might see, from a socially acceptable distance, another employee. I guess with almost four weeks of self-isolation under my belt, I can easily do another 4-6, perhaps more.  Who knows?

Radio Activities

There hasn’t been much.  I seriously burned myself out between the podcast, the blog, attending (or trying) multiple club meetings per month etc.  I found myself truly not interested in amateur radio anymore.   I’m starting to come around to the point where I’m enjoying the hobby again.  I’m enjoying working the digital modes and even have been dabbling with D-STAR just a little bit.  I think I’ll save my D-STAR topic to another blog post (coming soon).  For now, my HF operations have been limited to 20 meters.  I pulled down the 6BTV last year as we were having some work done on the house and I didn’t want it to get damaged.  Before it goes back up, it needs a good bit of TLC work done.  I need to replace the plastic coil caps (I have them already)

Until next time….I hope you stay safe and healthy. 

73 de KDØBIK (Jerry)

Jerry Taylor, KD0BIK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Colorado, USA. He is the host of the Practical Amateur Radio Podcast. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “Hello Everyone!”

  • Randy K7AGE:

    Jerry

    We miss you. You now have lots of time to get that antenna cleaned up and up.

    Doing good in Gold Beach Or. We have been in our new house for nearly two years. I’m building my antenna system now. Lots of videos about it.

    Don’t be a stranger!

    Randy, K7AGE

  • Gerard O Sullivan:

    What is 4 years among friends that never sleep.
    You nearly missed the good of amature radio you are like the prodical son that returned home. Your friends say be safe if you get bad vibes about going out stay at home.
    Do not fall into eternal rest.
    Best of 73 Gerard Anthony.

  • David, KJ4CMY:

    Yes, you can get burn-out in amateur radio. I did, myself, once. I was involved in several club activities. Like you, I gradually came around and started enjoying the hobby again. Perhaps a rest from the hobby would do everyone good now and then. This is why sports are all seasonal. When the sport stats up again, it seems people are ready for it. Taking a break from amateur radio would be similar.

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