My friends roll their eyes and give me gruff every time I try to justify this antenna or that piece of gear, especially when I say “This is the best (xyz) …”
Some have also told me to slow down, that DXCC is not a race, to “Savor it”. That just isn’t going to happen.
The big question is “Why am I so passionate about Ham Radio?”. The answer is very simple.
Ham Radio offers an entire solar system of discovery, education and knowledge. I cannot think of one hobby that offers the depth and breadth of avenues for learning and discovery as Ham Radio. There’s geography, physics, psychology, history, culture, manufacturing, travel / adventure, communication, and the list seems to go on ad infinitum.
To try to nail it down to one thing is a fool’s game, but for me it’s so much fun because it makes me think, learn, and is the perfect antidote to the rigors and trials in life.
It’s a fun, educational respite where I am the Master of my Domain.