2016 – And we’re back!

And no, this isn’t an April Fools joke…

Isn’t it incredible how many Amateur Radio blogs have a post from months to years back mentioning how long it’s been since the last post and how the writer hopes to be better about posting updates.  Or maybe that’s just blogging in general.   Either way, I’m back!

Since my last post over 2 years ago, I left my job to work at the American Radio Relay League as the Contest Branch Manager and worked there for a little over a year before leaving HQ and returning to my previous position in IT.  I really enjoyed my time at HQ, but the 120 mile round trip commute was getting to be too much and I wanted to spend more time with my family.  Another side effect was that I was losing my desire to participate in contests.  By the time I was finished with work, the idea of jumping on the radio to operate for 36+ hours just wasn’t appealing.  Luckily, the condition wasn’t permanent and as of 2016 ARRL DX CW, I’m back and loving contesting again.

Lots of radio projects are planned for this summer including making progress on the the tower project referenced in the last post.  I will be updating my statistics and “stuff for sale” pages as well.  Another goal is to post thoughts on contesting that I regularly see questions about on Reddit and Facebook.  Then I can reference a page I’ve written here rather than write a new response each time.

Looking forward to posting more photos and thoughts soon.

73, W1MSW