|Packed to the back door|
Well we have completed our move to just outside of Moncton New Brunswick! I applied online with the government of Canada for my new call sign for New Brunswick and my choice was VE9KK. I felt this had a good ring for CW, because I am in New Brunswick I will be a VE9 but the KK seemed a good mix for CW. My rig, desk and PC are all still packed up as I wanted to clean and setup the new home before any ham radio "stuff" made it's way out of any boxes. Julie for sure would not be thrilled if the home was not setup and I was already into my ham radio boxes. As for an antenna I am going to for the short term use the MFJ mag loop until I get my bearings with regards to a permanent antenna. We decided to do the move from Ontario ourselves instead of getting a pro mover. The cost was well under half price and was it worth it.......yes it was. I was told by the pro mover that our belongings would take up to 28 day to make it's way down to use as we would not fill a full 45 foot trailer (not even close) so we would have to wait until the trailer was loaded and they would head down and thus the 28 days. I did look at some smaller move companies but the reviews were just horror stories! Julie and I decided that renting a truck and me driving it down was our best way. This way we had control our arrival time and I could only blame myself if stuff was damaged.
So we loaded up the truck ourselves and I drove the truck down down from Toronto to Moncton.....now Goggle maps says its about 12-15 hours. Well let me tell that is under PERFECT conditions. BUT we ran into major traffic issues and then rain like I have never seen for a long long time. The drive with two over night stop overs was 22 hours. We had two stop overs and the longest drive as day 2 at 15 hours!
Since we are somewhat in the country I am looking forward to a lower noise floor that in the city of Toronto. I am excited to see what DX is available from the east coast as well as exploring HF antenna opportunities. In the mean time I may dig out one of my active antennas and connect it up to my small KX3 and see how the bands and noise floor is like down here.