Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!
At the end of the year, it's always an appropriate time to look back on the past 365 and rekindle fond memories. Amateur Radio-wise, I'd have to say that 2015 was a pretty good year. I had the opportunity to play on the radio a lot (altough, not as much as I would have liked). I worked a few ATNOs and had the opportunity to enjoy a lot of outdoor QRPing.
The 2015 NJQRP Skeeter Hunt was a rounding success and I am happy about that. I had the results up within three weeks and I'm especially proud of that. You fine folks make the effort come out and participate. I know the Skeeter Hunt is not the most sought after operating event in the Amateur Radio world, but at the same time, I know that those of you who do participate are eager to see how you did amongst your peers. It will always be a top priority of mine to never disappoint you in that regard.
I was interviewed by Eric Guth 4Z1UG for his "QSO Today' podcast and got to share my Amatuer Radio story with a lot of people. I also had the chance to make a PowerPoint presentation about "QRP and the Great Outdoors" and got to share that with one of the local radio clubs. Marv K2VHW and I completed another Technician class in the early Spring and helped another 18 or so people earn their tickets.
The South Plainfield Amatuer Radio Club spread its wings a little bit more. We had another successful Field Day and we helped get some newcomers involved in HF via the "Rookie Roundup" events. We even got a picture in QST! We also became an offical ARRL Affiliated Club. So all in all, radio-wise - life is pretty good.
Hopefully, 2016 will be an even better year, with more operating, more building and more fun. National Parks on the Air promises to be a huge player in the coming year and I am looking forward to working a lot of activations as well as activating a few National Park units myself.
So to end 2015, I send all of my readers a huge "Thank You" for stopping by and reading this blog whenever you get the chance. I am also sending you my wishes for a very happy, joyous, healthy and rewarding New Year - may you always be surrounded by family and friends. Finally, may your logbooks be filled with many QSOs, may your keys always be busy pounding out brass and may your microphones bring you into many warm, friendly and enjoyable conversations!
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!