My Retirement Station (?)

I plan to retire in 8 years, but its possible I would move before then. I’ve completed my awards chasing years – and the biggest question is will I be here in Orinda at my present QTH for my last two on DXCC – Glorioso and Bouvet.

The answer is – its a race to the end. With current predictions on Cycle 24 being at the bottom now and for several years – and the next peak of Cycle 25 being maybe 6 – 7 years away, gee – I almost doubt I will be here. When I retire I might bring my ALM-31 and SteppIR UrbanBeam because it could work out in any town that I move to that doesn’t have CC&R’s or HOA’s. There are still towns that do have local ordinances – and the usual height allowance is 30-something feet (like they have in Concord, CA), so this means I could bring this setup – and its very portable.

Another part of me thinks just bringing a receiver and the two Wellbrook Loops and NCC-2 would be enough. The last QSO in my log in July 2 – but I have continued to check into one nightly net – just to still transmit. I still like browsing the internet and listening to the radio, but don’t really care much anymore if I ever transmit again. I thought I’d get back into CW rag chewing, but with conditions as they are – and everyone in FT8, there just isn’t much to offer these days for me in Ham Radio.

I used to like to do BCB DXing, but the AM radio stations are now filled with political lunacy, so that is just depressing. The days of local AM radio stations discussing local issues are gone – its all syndicated Wacko Radio now. There are no more shortwave stations either – if they exist its on the internet. Boring.

I guess there are three possibilities:

  1. Some small station – SDR radio at 100 watts max. ALM-31 and UrbanBeam
  2. Just an RX station with Wellbrook Loops and NCC-2 and SDR RX
  3. Nothing at all

It is just as likely that I will never make DXCC #1 as I would make it. I’m finally at the point where I really don’t care. I’ll try if I am still here – but once I retire, all bets will be off. I think mega DXpeditions will be pretty much over when I retire, many more DXers will be SK, and that my end of the road will coincide with the end of an era – which is the boomers who stoked all of this activity in the first place are in their final years.

But until then, I am enjoying this cozy shack and at least listen every day and am squeezing out any last Ham Radio on air activity that I can. Maybe now that its Fall – and with Winter coming in 3 months – maybe I will finally get back into CW – in a way where I increase my speed and listen to nightly ARRL Bulletins – hopefully at high speed and without writing anything down. That is one area I can get a little excited about.

Geez – I guess I better make hay while the sun shines!

One Comment on “My Retirement Station (?)

  1. one would ve liked to rang sure true outta thoughts the head out off deciding not to have it done before it was to be done, on the eternal way back home at within river wells commonly with soak off into very break to an end duh in while it got ever rained down Cali not but only hot pour spills off up the ladder sky..

    chasing road ends just to bring whole of new life star in forth, the other one – whisperer of seas at girly’s salty sunk’en feet at sandy crystals, quietly dives into secrets of never tellin’ how each s been found other yell other joy tranquil sides of suffer wells..

    the third said while passing away or spiritually at pace of peace or so, retirement s being mere ascension flow so at deep as to briefly flyin high towards some inner sun where it never rained from but poured it warmth of glow

    ‘Nd I shall not tell them, Rich, where ‘ve found you while you are knitting possibilities 1,2,3 into splendid.nessly One..
    Rollin’ Touches ‘f Honor


    Your retiring HAM son a DX pilgrim of A1A Priestess highly pitched low-cw-down 550Hz aT

    Kindest regards fm KN03AR87D mount heights of western SRB wilden peaks. TXing u joy respect gratitude fm, in n out

    Manu Zion


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