Tonight was the monthly meeting of the ETS of NJ, which is the local repeater club, of which I am a member. It stands for the Electronic Testing Society of NJ; but in recent years, some have suggested that might better stand for the Eating and Tasting Society of NJ.
It was a lively meeting with a good turn out. Included was a motion made and passed to increase the yearly dues from the current $20 a year to $25 a year as of 2011 and on to $30 a year as of 2012. It was nice to see these gentlemen understand that if you want to keep up with the latest technical innovations and trends, that there has to be some green in the bank account.
And it was also nice to see old friends and catch up with those I haven't seen in a while.
On the ride home the other day, I had a most pleasant QSO with Gerry N2GJ who is a fellow member of NJQRP. He was giving me the update on his latest involvement with WSPR. I have to admit, that between what I have read about it in the QRP Quarterly, Julian G4ILO's blog and Gerry's pitch that I would not be adverse to giving it a go. The only thing holding me back is that my K2 has no SSB card in it, so I am not capable of partaking in the digital modes. And there are other Ham items that I would like to purchase before plunking down the $110 for the KSB2.
So unless I win the lottery soon; or inherit some money from a distantly related uncle that I don't even know that I have, it looks like my Ham Radio exploits will be confined to CW for the foreseeable future. Which believe me, I am not complaining about. CW continues to be may favorite mode of operating. But all the same, it would be nice ...........
72 de Larry W2LJ