Things change so quickly, especially at my age. Once upon a time I had good control over how the blog thing here was working.
Years go by, and things change. I have spent several days re-figuring-out the WordPress editors and how they deal with old legacy widgets, and theme options. Kinda like going back to work…
That being said, I have changed (more than) a few things around, trying to preserve as much of the previous functionality as possible. I’m still hoping to be able to continue to use the “blogroll” widget, even tho they discourage sharing links of our friend’s pages… (reduces your ‘ranking’ in Gooooogle searches).
There is still some old stuff on here to be cleaned out, but this is a great start towards rejuvenation. Feedback greatly appreciated, subscribe if you are even slightly interested. Promise to not blow up your INBOX. /;^)
So, in answer to some that have questioned where I have been, and what I’m doing…
The short answer is “Living“.
A longer answer includes things like : (not a complete list)
.. spending more time taking care of my own agenda. .. spending even less time looking at headlines. .. not spending as much time on FaceB**k. .. we have tomatoes, zucchini, & peppers started in our small patch. .. adjusting and cleaning up my ham radio VHF antenna stack. (in part to make it more “HOA friendly“) .. further reducing an impressive collection of the trinkets of my life. .. parsing thru hundreds of old photos, scanning a few – pitching some. .. reviewing multiple file drawers of papers I have saved since the 70s. .. but the list grows longer each day – so love being retired. .. OH, not to mention re-learning the WordPress editor of the day.
I don’t recall exactly, when the last time was that I operated Field Day primarily from home. I haven’t had much setup at home lately, and have been involved with various club efforts for years and years. This year tho, I was “1 Dog from Alabama” – referring to the “1D” category of a home station using commercial power. I used this as an opportunity to exercise one radio with one antenna. I often have my tape measure tuned radial elements on display, but don’t get to use them much at home. I thought 40m was greatly improved. I use these on a Hustler 5BTV, with a Yaesu FT-897D. Conditions were good on 40m thru the night, worked nearly everybody that I called back to. I got good reports.
There had been some concern, that the recent solar storm might leave a mess, but I thought conditions were pretty good. I was pleased.
I worked only the 40, 20, 15, & 10 meter bands, SSB only.
I didn’t get in any hurry, didn’t even leave the house. Made about 50 contacts.
I appreciate N3FJP’s programs; n3fjp.com
I didn’t have a current version of http://n3fjp.com/fieldday.html, but a quick visit to the site, and an install – and it was registered and running. Shows me that ~40% of my contacts were on 7 MHz, but all together fairly well spread about the map. Hope everyone else had a good time as well.