The blog post 7 months late…

Or better late than never.  Yes, Jerry KD0BIK is still alive.  You might remember I was shooting to complete at least one QSO per day in 2012.  I’m very pleased to report that I accomplished my goal.  However, I regret I am just now blogging about it. 

Those who followed my blogs and podcast may have thought I was abducted by aliens.  I suppose if I could refer to a few work projects as alien, then that would probably fit.  Long story short, I was assigned a fairly large project at work which required some traveling and many long hours.  I pretty much put my blogging and podcasting efforts on hold and tried just to keep everything else pointing in the right direction. 

Also, I hadn’t been feeling well in late 2012 early 2013.  Much of what I was feeling was being caused by seven years on statin drugs to lower cholesterol.  This stuff is pure evil in a pill.  However, without taking the pills I would have to deal with the high cholesterol levels through diet and exercise.  Again to try to shorten this story and not get too far off in the weeds….I’m feeling great and I’m losing weight through diet and exercise.  Since April, I’ve lost over 25 pounds and on target to accomplish my first goal of less than 200 lbs by mid August.  Just a few more pounds to go. 

I provided a little more detail in PARP episode 61 (released just today) if you are interested.  By the way, I’m planning to revive PARP on a limited release plan of one episode each month.  Of course, I’m also hoping to get back into writing the occasional blog post.  I certainly appreciate all the emails and messages regarding my long hiatus. 

OK…so back on track.  Again, yes…I started 2012 with a QSO on 1 January and 366 days later, completed the goal with a final QSO on 31 December.  It was a fun goal, fun project and through it all I managed to work many new DX entities and certainly got on the air each day.  Unfortunately, I can’t say the same thing happened in 2013. 

Would I tackle this again?  I think I may try again in 2014.  I didn’t attempt it again in 2013 because I knew I would be traveling and it would be difficult.  But perhaps 2014 I’ll try again.  Do I recommend others try it? You bet!  As I’ve stated before, setting this goal of getting on the air each and every day helped earn many new DX entities and just kept me focused on the hobby. 


The QSO breakdown for December is as follows:

Number QSO’s




2m FM   

Additional notes of interest:

DX Stations Worked in November – 2

New DX Entities in November – 0

Total QSO’s for 2012 – 1428

Total consecutive QSO days – 366

Days left in 2012 – 0

Until next time…

73 de KD0BIK

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

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