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W9DXCC – Taking a 2021 Pass – Mask Mandates and Risks

Just cancelled out of the 2021 W9DXCC this morning.

The Illinois new Mask Mandate was the tipping point, as spending a couple days Masked-Up doesn’t appeal, but more importantly the new Mask Mandate is an indicator that the CCP-19 Virus transmission rates in Illinois are high enough to reconsider “should I be doing this?”

The W9DXCC website includes information on how to cancel https://w9dxcc.com/ and if you made hotel reservations through the W9DXCC website you need that confirmation number when you call the event hotel to cancel. Deadlines are by September 5th for the event and 24 hours before arrival for the hotel, in my case.

As my XYL was increasing on edge about her joining me at the event prior to the new Mask Mandate, cancelling resolves some simmering domestic unease.

Learned that several others I had hoped to see at the 2021 W9DXCC have also canceled – N6JSX and KE9V emailed me that they had arrived at the same conclusion, and had canceled.

Hopefully we will have better conditions for future W9DXCC events.

73

Steve
K9ZW

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The Dawn of a New Era? How after the ChiCom Plague we will never go back again. Part 5 – Full Ham Edition

The Dawn of a New Era?  How after the ChiCom Plague we will never go back again – Part 5 – Full Ham Edition

My last post in this series discussing the paradigm shifts in our lives brought on by the ChiCom Plague, but with a particular focus on Amateur Radio.

The paradigm shifts I covered in posts 1, 2, 3 and 4, that appear they will stay with us once the ChiCom Plague virus is thwarted are (in italic to show they were already covered):

  • Accelerated Change on multiple Axis
  • Risk Analysis of Social Contacts
  • Risk Analysis of Group Meetings (Starving the Monkeys)
  • Travel vs Teleconference
  • Supply Chain Robustness
  • Distrust of the MSM and other public voices with an agenda
  • Increase in Personal Preparedness
  • Two-is-One, One-is-None mentality as the new norm
  • Unmaintainable generics vs Sustainable Brand options
  • Exotics vs Field-Maintainable Equipment
  • The Death of JIT (Just in Time) logistics
  • Education Reform
  • The Kennedy Reality (Ask not..)

But what about ham radio? (Listed in Bold to match the other posts):

  • The Hamfest has taken a forever hit
  • Boat Anchors and Used Gear will have polarized values
  • One-Man-Band Equipment Providers will be Challenged
  • Did Big Group Field Day just die for 2020 or did it go the way of the Dodo?
  • What happens to Club Meetings?
  • Supply Chain Issues Favor Domestic Production

Delving into these issues:

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The Dawn of a New Era? How after the ChiCom Plague we will never go back again. Part 4

The Dawn of a New Era?  How after the ChiCom Plague we will never go back again – Part 4

This is the last in my series to discuss the paradigm shifts in our lives brought on by the ChiCom Plague.  (Please see Parts 1, 2 and 3 for more background).

Some of the paradigm shifts appear they will stay with us once the ChiCom Plague virus is thwarted (the ones in Bold are the ones I will address in this post, italic were already covered):

  • Accelerated Change on multiple Axis
  • Risk Analysis of Social Contacts
  • Risk Analysis of Group Meetings (Starving the Monkeys)
  • Travel vs Teleconference
  • Supply Chain Robustness
  • Distrust of the MSM and other public voices with an agenda
  • Increase in Personal Preparedness
  • Two-is-One, One-is-None mentality as the new norm
  • Unmaintainable generics vs Sustainable Brand options
  • Exotics vs Field-Maintainable Equipment
  • The Death of JIT (Just in Time) logistics
  • Education Reform
  • The Kennedy Reality (Ask not..)

Let’s do a final dig into the list:

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The Dawn of a New Era? How after the ChiCom Plague we will never go back again. Part 3

The Dawn of a New Era?  How after the ChiCom Plague we will never go back again – Part 3

Continuing to discuss the paradigm shifts in our lives brought on by the ChiCom Plague.  (Please see Parts 1 & 2 for background).

Some of the paradigm shifts appear they will stay with us once the ChiCom Plague virus is thwarted (the ones in Bold are the ones I will address in this post, italic were already covered):

  • Accelerated Change on multiple Axis
  • Risk Analysis of Social Contacts
  • Risk Analysis of Group Meetings (Starving the Monkeys)
  • Travel vs Teleconference
  • Supply Chain Robustness
  • Distrust of the MSM and other public voices with an agenda
  • Increase in Personal Preparedness
  • Two-is-One, One-is-None mentality as the new norm
  • Unmaintainable generics vs Sustainable Brand options
  • Exotics vs Field-Maintainable Equipment
  • The Death of JIT (Just in Time) logistics
  • Education Reform
  • The Kennedy Reality (Ask not..)

Let’s do a second dig into the list:

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The Dawn of a New Era? How after the ChiCom Plague we will never go back again. Part 2

The Dawn of a New Era?  How after the ChiCom Plague we will never go back again – Part 2

Continuing to discuss the paradigm shifts in our lives brought on by the ChiCom Plague.  (For those less familiar with the term “paradigm shift” it a systems generalist’s term to reflect a state change in a system that is largely irreversible.  The fundamental changes replace the former status quo with a new norm.)

The magnitude of the changes from the ChiCom Plague are intellectually and emotionally a challenge, as between one’s normalcy bias and the inherent difficulty of making accurate observations from within the flames & smoke of a figuratively burning crisis, we don’t have a good perspective.

We may be moving to our new future quicker, in that many of the Paradigm Shifts are sudden realization of changes we were moving towards as it was.

Some of the paradigm shifts appear they will stay with us once the ChiCom Plague virus is thwarted (the ones in Bold are the ones I will address in this post, italic were already covered):

  • Accelerated Change on multiple Axis
  • Risk Analysis of Social Contacts
  • Risk Analysis of Group Meetings (Starving the Monkeys)
  • Travel vs Teleconference
  • Supply Chain Robustness
  • Distrust of the MSM and other public voices with an agenda
  • Increase in Personal Preparedness
  • Two-is-One, One-is-None mentality as the new norm
  • Unmaintainable generics vs Sustainable Brand options
  • Exotics vs Field-Maintainable Equipment
  • The Death of JIT (Just in Time) logistics
  • Education Reform
  • The Kennedy Reality (Ask not..)

Let’s dig in a bit further into the list:

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The Dawn of a New Era? How after the ChiCom Plague we will never go back again. Part 1

The Dawn of a New Era?  How after the ChiCom Plague we will never go back again – Part I.

There are many aspects of what we are experiencing with this Virus thing that will force a paradigm shift in our lives.  For those less familiar with the term “paradigm shift” it a systems generalist’s term to reflect a state change in a system that is largely irreversible.  The fundamental changes replace the former status quo with a new norm.

The magnitude of the changes from the ChiCom Plague are intellectually and emotionally a challenge, as between one’s normalcy bias and the inherent difficulty of making accurate observations from within the flames & smoke of a figuratively burning crisis, we don’t have a good perspective.

Some part of us hopes that the government and others in leadership roles will offer guidance, as if government was our parent and was somehow immune to the ChiCom Plague effects.

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