I have been receiving emails reminding me how to participate in the upcoming online Hamfest organized by QSO Today – link https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/
But more importantly I have been monitoring my local weather forecast, monitoring whether a car show I’d like to show one of our cars at will be going on, and giving a listen to the XYL & family on their weekend needs.
We’ve several days of high 70’s F (around 25c) and really nice weather forecast.
Unbeknownst to me (or unacknowledged more likely) we will be descend upon by a small test group of physically distancing members of one of her charity groups, to whom I am supposed to serve an outside breakfast before they carefully continuing a safely spaced virus-mitigating walk around our gardens and property. That we have nearly a mile of trails means we may have visitors we can shout across the plant beds with for a few hours before that ends. So strike part of Saturday being a good local citizen.
As my tent work pavilion arrived so I can work on the tower/feedline/service boxes without become a sacrificial deer-fly & gnat casualty through blood loss or my hitting myself with tools while defending by red blood cells from these nasty biters, do I give up a couple great days of outside weather to sit inside watching a computer screen? I’d be silly to miss out on perfect weather to have to do the work in the rain, cold or even snow later. Really fine summer days are limited it seems when contrasted to poor outside work days.
And what about that car show? I really would like to drop off one of my cars, basically abandoning it for the show’s duration, and pick it back up later, but do I really want to even mingle with others (minor worry), have one of my cars pawed upon by those who can’t help touching (irritating but again minor) or lose even those couple hours to to get a car out, go register it, get picked up and later dropped off, perhaps making sure I am present when the give out judges prizes, when I have so many conflicting draws? Kind of mixed feeling, but if I show a car strike off a couple hours early and a couple hours later on Sunday.
Or how about that Turbo V-Rod that needs a few miles put on it?
Or the clean-up work on my lawn tractor as it is being traded in next week on nice zero-turn I’ve had on order for months?
Or that I make time to swim a kilometre most days, will I miss that exercise to watch a virtual event? (Though I usually do this rather early on weekend days).
Guess what, the Virtual Ham Expo will take the short straw. Actually the shortest of short straws.
My Virtual Ham Expo strategy is three fold:
- I will check when I can throughout the event for any trending news that might raise the priority of the Virtual Ham Expo enough to put off real life.
- Later I will also monitor what the usual groups of ham bloggers and ham news websites decide to repeat as something noteworthy to follow.
- I will regroup some rainy day to check out the promised Virtual Ham Expo archives. Yes archives won’t allow for the back-and-forth interaction if I was recognized if I had a question, but they gain a lot by being something I can control when watching.
My predictive math is that where I would lose 20 hours participating and mostly be restricted to just one stream of the multiple streams being presented that down the road I will spend a small fraction of that time having equal access to all of the streams.
Actually my effective time will be vastly multiplied compared to losing the time on the possibility something coming across is useful or even interesting.
What is your strategy for the Virtual Ham Expo?
Guess in a few words I’d say “I’ll virtually be there, just not at the exact time the Virtual Ham Expo organizers anticipated.”