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:
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!