When you think you have covered all the bases

Moving down to New Brunswick from Ontario involved lots of planning and changing of information to our new location. With regards to ham radio it meant a new call and changing what I thought was a "few things". Well...........I had no idea of all the changes that had to be done such as QRZ.COM, Club log, Eqsl, my blog, LOTW, ARRL, Rad com and the list goes on and on. Some of the changes involved a simple online form. Others involved emails to individuals and even phone calls to inform of a call change. When you think you have covered all the bases and there is nothing that is left which needs the VE3WDM to VE9KK change...........There are times when things are right under your nose and fail to see it!
My splash screen on the Icom 7610 for the past 2 months!

Ahhhh that's better.
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

10 Responses to “When you think you have covered all the bases”

  • K7GAN:

    Ditto brother. I just moved from Delaware to Washington state and went thru a similar process, even with my Icom splash screen. Felt really good I had covered everything, finally, until I got a request for a qsl card. Darn, forgot to get new ones. It almost reminds me of the movie ‘The Never Ending Story’. Good luck ion your new qth and call. 73

  • Mike VE9KK:

    Good evening Gregory, it’s good to hear that I am not alone on this one. Thanks for the well wishes.
    73,
    Mike
    VE9KK

  • David, KJ4CMY:

    I am glad we don’t have to do that in the U.S. We did at one time, but our FCC dropped the requirement to change call when we moved to a new area.

  • Mike VE9KK:

    Good evening David and very nice to hear from you, that would be a great way to go but up this way when we move from province to province you have to change your call. Each province has it’s own designation, for example in Ontario all calls are VE3 or VA3 in New Brunswick it’s VE9 and if you had an older call you could have a VE1 call.
    73 David
    Mike
    VE9KK

  • Paul, N6SFC:

    I feel your pain and I’ve been reading your comments with great interest for the last month or two! Recently, my XYL accepted a new faculty position at Case-Western Reserve University, and I retired from my long career at United Air Lines in San Francisco. We’ve packed up and moved from Concord, CA to Cleveland, OH. All of my gear is still in boxes (except the old DX-100B, which I uncrated immediately for fear of damage in transit). I know I don’t need to, but I feel obligated to switch to an “8” call so people have some idea where my signal is coming from. There are SO many things to do, but fortunately I’m retired now, so I really have no excuses! Job-One is to get some kind of antenna up, probably a 40M Inverted Vee. I’m also considering a Butterfly beam on top of the center support mast for the Vee. Then I must take care of the troublesome chore of changing my call sign. Hoo-boy, they sure don’t make it easy!

  • Karl WA8NVW:

    Remember to also inform the incoming QSL Bureau reps for both your old call and new call. You’ll probably have to keep envelopes on file with your old call for at least two years.

  • Nolan K. KI5IO:

    And there will be more items in the list that will pop up when you least expect it. It’ll be another of those AHA moments.

    I started this past January to change my personal e-mail address that I have had for about 15 years. Finally will free up a few dollars that the ‘service’ was providing once I’m done.

    I was amazed at how many places I’ve been advising of the new e-mail address.

  • Mike VE9KK:

    Good morning Paul and sorry about the late reply I just checked this post and saw there were some missed comments, yes moving in never fun even if your not a ham just the packing and address change stuff is a pain. I hear you when you say you are functioning from boxes. It’s good to read that you have some solid ideas for antenna ideas.
    73 and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
    Mike
    VE9KK

  • Mike VE9KK:

    Good morning Karl, sorry for not answering your comment sooner but just found out there was some unanswered comments here. Excellent idea and that did slip my mind. Now that I am in a new province I will also have to change QSL buro’s and it goes by province up this way. Not like the national ARRL.
    73 and have a great week.
    Mike
    VE9KK

  • Mike VE9KK:

    Good morning Nolan, as I have said 2 other times in earlier comments “sorry for the late reply” The email is one thing I have not done yet but will have to do as my email is my old call sign of ve3wdm. I was going to do this many times but once I thought about the extent of it I just put it off.
    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.
    73,
    Mike
    VE9KK

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