Keeping it fresh

Last night I saw a tweet from Nigel M0CVO saying that he thought that every ham should buy (or build) a new rig every few years. When questioned, he said that he thought that it provided a fresh injection of enthusiasm and perhaps ‘freshened’ up interest in the hobby.

In an ideal world, I’m sure we’d all like to have the latest rig every year or so, but for all but the lucky few, that’s simply not realistic. However, I can see what Nigel means and I think there is something in what he says.

Happily though, it doesn’t take a new rig to keep it fresh! I found that it might be as simple as a new piece of software (possibly free!), a new aerial, trying a mode you’ve not experimented with before. The hobby is so broad, there are always new things to look at.

I found when I didn’t read an amateur radio magazine regularly, my interest was diminished – simply because I wasn’t reading articles about what other people were doing and thinking, ‘Hey, I could do that – that sounds interesting’.

So whilst I couldn’t agree that you need an expensive new rig every year or so, keeping trying new things and experimenting – that, after all, is the whole point!

Tim Kirby, G4VXE, is a regular contributor to and writes from Oxfordshire, England. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “Keeping it fresh”

  • alex, g7kse:

    I saw the same tweet and thought I wouldn’t use it as justification for a new thingy from the XYL. Not just yet anyway.

  • I tend to agree with Nigel’s tweet, however it doesn’t have to be an expensive new rig. I think one can get a used rig (i.e. eBay) and swap out their current rig or one of their lesser-used rigs and get the same effect. Even adding an old tube rig for awhile to the line up can spice things up. When you stop using it and it gathers dust, sell it so someone else can experience it.


  • Chris KQ2RP:

    New or ‘new to you’ something… anything… Radio, kit, antenna, paddle, test equip, project…

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