On the theme I posed about what are your amateur radio 2013 plans, a couple items that are on mine:
Use-it-or-lose-it – Plan is to put every bit of gear on the air during 2013, or weed it out (sell/gift/landfill…). Unbuilt/unrestored projects are the exception. Presently I have two vintage stations and a couple other transceivers to put some air time on.
Build It before Buying More – No more new kits until everything on the shelf is built and troubleshooting is finished. Would only make an exception for a unique or limited time opportunity. Current inventory of kits is an almost complete QRPometer, a small solid state Amp, a complex LED clock and a couple Nixie-Tube clocks.
Review, Repair and Upgrade Process – Time to pull our the TDR, Megaohmer and Meters and check over every bit of the station. Time to re-waterproof outside connections and finish the lightening protection upgrades. There is a vertical antenna that needs to get on the air by being wired in. Time to swap rotors for the rebuilt one and send the old one out for overhaul.
Get some new Hams started or Help Hams upgrade – I’ve been busy enough that I’ve used it as an excuse to drop my Hamcram, Elmering and VEing efforts. Time to right that omission and help others get started or uprgaded.
Learn the New Flex-6000 – When that radio shows I need to set aside a significant amount of time to learn it inside & out! No point in having a high performance radio and not knowing how to use it.
Put a little backbone into making CW QSOs – As a with-code Novice (KB9GPN) who upgraded through to Extra I have no excuse for the paltry ten or so CW QSOs being my total morse effort in over twenty years. This one is ALL up to me putting a bit of effort in and being brave enough to get on the air with my weak CW skills the way they are. Without that practice K9ZW is not going anywhere with CW.
So there you have it – six simple easy targets that will hugely enrich what I can put into Amateur Radio and what I might gain from being a participant.
The unwritten seventh goal is to basically do what I have been doing all along – get on the air, make contacts, spend some time contesting, some time chasing DX, some time on Digital Modes, some time Rag Chewing, some time writing for this blog, and some time regularly checking into nets – especially the 160m net.
YMMV (Your Milage Might Vary) if you made the mistake of trying to adopt my goals, rather than correctly setting your own goals.
Now to get at it….