Looking back and looking ahead.


 Well here we are again.......finishing off my second year in the Maritimes. It may sound a bit odd, but it seems it has taken just over a year and a half to get used to retirement. I am finally starting to settle into somewhat of a routine. It's been another year of COVID, but I am singing to the choir with this one as we are all well aware of this. Julie and I are fully vaccinated and bootered up and up to this point have managed to avoid COVID. 

As for things radio you can see, and I am happy about my 2021 operating chart from Club log. Not that I have any issues with FT8 or any digi mode, but my goal was to do less of it and more CW operating. There were fewer contacts for 2021 compared to 2020, but I feel that is due to fewer FT8 contacts in 2021.  With FT8 in no time you can bang off 15-25 contacts. 

The plans for 2022 are simple... keep moving with my CW contesting goal of running in contests and  practicing this art. Everything else is icing on the cake. 
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

8 Responses to “Looking back and looking ahead.”

  • Glenn W9IQ:

    Happy New Year, Mike.

    – Glenn W9IQ

  • wa3tiu:

    Thanks for mentioning the transition time from work life to retirement life. This observation agrees with what was found by others.
    I am paying attention to these comments because my retirement date will arrive next year

  • Mike VE9KK:

    Good afternoon Glen thanks very much for the well-wishes and you as well Happy New Year.
    73,
    Mike
    VE9KK

  • Mike VE9KK:

    Good afternoon Paul and very nice to hear from you, yes it does take some time to get used to. BUT it’s not a bad getting used to it’s a good thing. One big positive thing is that we have a hobby and this is one of the things that can help you with retirement. Don’t sweat retirement, it’s all about one step at a time.
    Happy New Year Paul,
    73,
    Mike
    VE9KK

  • Elwood Downey, WB0OEW:

    I’ve been retired for two years and it’s fantastic. No more alarm clock, traffic, work deadlines, etc etc. For the past 20 years I’ve built a list of projects for retirement, so far 1.5 are complete, so lots more to do, or not! HNY everyone.

  • Mike VE9KK:

    Good morning Elwood and as always it’s very nice to hear from you, I am heading into year 2 in about 7 months. It’s very true there is no alarm clock but for me, I still like getting up early. Yes it’s a very nice stag in one’s life, and we are fortunate that we have the hobby we do.
    All the best Elwood to you and your family,
    73,
    Mike
    VE9KK

  • David, KJ4CMY:

    Happy anew Year to you. I am glad retirement is finding you well. I have been retired for six years, and it seems that I am as busy as ever. I like the Maritimes, and hope you fine enjoyment there.

  • Mike VE9KK:

    Good afternoon David and very nice to hear from you, we are really liking the Maritimes but with COVID we have not been able to see everything we have wanted to. Happy New Year to you and your family.
    73,
    Mike
    VE9KK

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