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General Amateur Radio Discussion

Expeditions for 2020 Cancelled – Time to look back, time to look forward!

2020 was never going to be a busy year given the efforts that went into preparing and running the A35JT expedition to Tonga last year. However, no one predicted the events that would unfold as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic spreading across the globe. Domestic and International travel has been halted and we are all “Staying Home” as the authorities work to bring the spread of the disease under control. As a result, we all have too much time on our hands. Our gardens are being manicured, our hamshack projects are being whittled down, and we are all doing our part to stay safe and stay healthy.

Time to Look Back

Recently I was asked to come on Hayden VK7HH’s HamRadio DX livestream to discuss my world of Amateur Radio over the past 35 years and to talk a little about some of the expeditions I have done to date. I thought you might like to take a look. Its long, but if you want to while away the hours in lockdown then you might find it interesting!.

Time to Look Forward

As for looking forward, I still have a couple of domestic projects in mind and am hoping to bring them to fruition in 2020/2021. It is likely now that VK5KI will be run in July 2021 to coincide with the RSGB IOTA contest, although whether it remains on the same scale is yet to be determined. I am also hoping to do one other domestic IOTAs either late in 2020 or early in 2021 when (hopefully) domestic travel restrictions are lifted. More news on these as the projects develop.

Meanwhile everyone, stay safe, stay healthy and together we will make it through this horror year that has been 2020.