My antennas, that is.
After yesterday afternoon and last night, I expected to wake up to find my W3EDP at ground level and my Butternut HF9V bent at 90 degrees somewhere along its length. In retrospect, my fears were probably silly as my antennas withstood Hurricane Sandy with nary a whimper, but ...........
Last evening, as I lay in bed, struggling to fall asleep, the winds were howling, and I do mean HOWLING. Not an exaggeration, they were dong their best to imitate a freight train passing underneath our windows. But, thanks be to God, both antennas are still up, working, functional and never the worse for wear. Dodged another bullet - whew!
I find myself in somewhat of a quandary. I e-mailed my buddy, Bob W3BBO about this. I see all the posts on Facebook about the Heard Island DXpedition. All these people seem to have worked them on so many bands and with so many different modes.
I just can't bring myself to even bother trying.
It's not that I don't need them. Working VK0EK would be an ATNO for me. Never worked Heard Island before, It just seems, that for some reason or other, I just don't feel like jumping into the fray. On the other hand, Yosemite National Park was on 20 Meter SSB last night, I spent close to half an hour unsuccessfully trying to bust that pileup, before they faded into oblivion. So it's not that my competitive instinct has disappeared. Not sure what my problem is.
I'm sure whatever it is, that like everything else, it's cyclical and one day I'll be jumping into the DXpedition pileups with both feet again.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!