Monday, May 09, 2016

Checking in

I know I haven't posted much lately, so I'll check in, even though there's not much to tell.  Work was busy as heck last week, so I didn't get the opportunity to go out to the Jeep all week during lunch.  Not that I really would have, anyway.  It's been rainy and cool. A very untypical May.

The cool and dampness brought on another complication.  When I was very young, I suffered a severe bruise to the Achilles tendon in my right ankle.  Whenever it gets unseasonably cool and damp for a prolonged period, I am prone to a bout of tendinitis there. And last Wednesday, it started.  I've been limping around with an Ace ankle brace and have been applying Icy Hot lotion (I smell like a moth ball!). It's more discomfort than anything else, a real pain in the .............ankle.  On a scale of 1 to 10, the pain is probably about a 3 or 4, and it's only when I flex may ankle in a certain direction.

I have been trying to avoid steps as much as possible to prevent hyperextending the ligaments and tendons, so that has meant staying out of my basement shack.  I did go down one time this weekend to work Joe N2CX who was activating Valley Forge for NPOTA.  That was my only Ham Radio activity for the weekend ...... which sucks, big time.

If past bouts are any indication, in about another week I should be back to my old self.  It generally lasts about 7 to 10 days and Wednesday will be a week.  I really need to build or acquire a portable magnetic loop antenna (such as an Alex Loop) so I can set the KX3 up on the dining room table and still play at my favorite hobby.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!

1 comment:

  1. I hope you are feeling better soon, Larry. I have the KX3 in the basement office/shack, but after a day of work, I do anything I can to get out of there. I'm surprised you don't have an armchair radio. An MTR, KX1, or even a One-Watter or something. I have grown so fond of the KX1 by my chair. I have an outdoor sprint this weekend and I always get a little concerned about using my armchair radio. Thanks for checking in with us.