The DX Engineering NCC-2, ICOM 7610 and ACOM 1010
It all started at Hamvention last year. I wasn’t going to go until I was told it would be well worth my while – and it was – we received the DXpedition of the Year award for VK0EK. A funny thing happened while sauntering around the grounds that Saturday – I saw several very interesting new products:
I wasn’t in the market (yet), that had to wait until after 3Y0Z – Bouvet. I knew Glorioso was years away, but figured 3Y0Z would be the last ATNO with my station – which included an Elecraft K3 that I had for a record 10 years. I waited years for “The Buildup”, but oddly enough, I couldn’t wait to get it over too.
The minute they announced that 3Y0Z had to abort, I realized that putting my “next evil plan” on hold for years was silly. I decided it was time to make my move, and it would entail these things:
The ICOM IC-7610 and ACOM 1010 were both surprises, but they make the most sense since I want something decent to play with until I retire – and beyond. I don’t need the monster antenna (my old N6BT DXU-32) nor 1500 watts, so this is a downsizing to fit my new goals – which is to do more Maker projects, work on The DXCC Sleuth, and just have fun with ham radio in general. Sure – Bouvet and Glorioso might be activated – but you know what – maybe they won’t. I feel I’m ready if they do – with a more “modest” but technically advanced station, but more importantly, I’m no longer sitting here waiting for the last 2 ATNO’s.
If they happen – cool – if they don’t – I’m having fun.