It was about 8 months ago when I decided that when Liz and I were going to be RV’ing on a full time basis it was also obivious that some gear would not make it into the trailer for the trip. My desktop computer was on its last legs but my laptop was fine so…. that fit in with reducing the clutter for the trailer. However some of the accessories would not be needed so…. At the Carp Hamfest they were sent on their way to their new owners….
Now fast forward to the present time and the COVID Crap and we are not on the road and we are not in our new trailer and I was getting bored so…..
One of the items sold has been replaced… and as you can see I am back on the digital modes using a SignaLink sound card device.
Its taking a while to get back into the modes as I have to remember how to set things back up but so far I have gotten a few FT8 QSOs in the log and so….. Its another distraction to keep me going when I am in the shack trying to unwind after work. The real reason the item was sold was I thought I would not have the time to operate as much and so now that I have the time…. why not get back to it?
This morning (Thursday morning) on our local Kingston Coffee (C4FM) Net I was mentioning that I was thinking of getting a new SignaLink and shortly after that one of the participants mentioned that he had a spare he was thinking of getting rid of…. A couple of hours later we had met up and I was heading home to set up the latest addition.
Its the same bunch of operators that used to meet at the local coffee shop to compare rare DX contacts and complain about stuff but due to the COVID restrictions we now do it on the air from our shacks.
Its still as exciting as watching paint dry but at least in these times of unstable conditons along with my antenna restrictions it is a way to at least make some contacts.
According to my LoTW files I need 49 more DXCC entities for my Digital DXCC and I need 8 more states for my Digital WAS from Kingston. When I operated from Ottawa I did complete my Triple Play WAS so now the quest starts again from Kingston.
I’m not sure how many new ones I’ll get in the log during this time of self containment when not working …but I know it will be fun trying