New Years Day brings both resolutions and (perhaps even better) revelations. I looked over my 2011 radio goals, and can't say I made great progress over the past year. Perhaps "radio revelations" is a better approach for 2012:
-Amateur Radio is a great hobby that inspires learning, investigation, and fellowship.
-Hiking and biking regional trails, plus hiking to mountain tops, provide a great opportunity for portable, low power radio operating (or perhaps the other way around)
-Digital modes are fun and I need to learn more
-CW is even more fun, and for me provides the ultimate challenge in this hobby. Continually work on skill, technique, and speed.
-6 meters is said to be the magical band. I've recently found the 'nack of 6m beacons. 6 meter propagation, in it's many forms, and potential relation to weather, is very interesting.
In closing, I logged onto www.bikejournal.com today, to check out the entries of big time road cyclist for January 1, 2012. A number of Australians have logged 60+ mile rides for the first day of their new year. Just by chance (really?) the home page was 'randomly' highlighting the journal of cyclist Patrick Rodden. He has a number of long distance cycling accolades to his credit. This happened to link to his travelogue of a Pacific Northwest to Yukon cycling tour at www.crazyguyonabike.com I began reding his travel journal and I AM HOOKED. Highly recommended reading! The internet truly weaves an intriguing 'web' and I am learning a great deal about the thoughts, personal tragedies, and triumphs of this inspirational cyclist.
Happy New Year and Very 73