News in Brief

SICK
After coming back from a tour of eastern Taiwan my leg felt very strange, I started to have a fever and began to vomit. In the hospital they diagnosed it as cellulitis and they kept me on an IV-drip for a week. Back home now and feeling a bit better, but I still need a lots of rest and take quite some meds to make sure it doesn’t resurface again.

OLD FRIEND
On our trip to eastern Taiwan I visited BX8AAD – Gene – in Taitung. I hadn’t seen him in over 17 years, so it was a happy reunion. Back in the 90s we were both avid shortwave DXers, now we’re both hams. Funny how things turned out the same for both of us.

DXCC
Opening my post office box I found 30 QSL cards, which brings my total confirmed DXCC entities to 100. Not that I want to apply for a certificate, because I don’t need another piece of wallpaper; but it is nice to know that I have reached this milestone.

OSTRICH
Now for some sad news. The curious, radial loving ostrich is no longer. He died of unknown causes, but most probably due to something that shouldn’t have been eaten by him. Despite him messing up my gear I did like the big bird and he will be missed.
Baishajia Lighthouse
ILLW
And lastly, on August 16 and 17 I will activate the Baishajia lighthouse here in Taoyuan for the International Lighthouse and Lightship weekend. This is the first time I will do something like this, so it will be fun to see how it works out. I just hope the sun cooperates and sparkles us with some spots.

That concludes the news brief for today. I hope to be back soon with more adventurous adventures. 73

Hans "Fong" van den Boogert, BX2ABT, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Taiwan. Contact him at [email protected].

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