December Dreams

Welcome to the last month of the Gregorian calendar year.  As we approach the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, and all the assorted religious holidays this time of year, take time to look back on the good things  of 2017.  Propagation was great on 40,80 and 160 meters.  Many of us, in the US, witnessed an amazing total eclipse and experienced some odd propagation in the path of totality.  New digital modes have appeared on the scene, enhancing even modest stations ability to work DX.  Amateur radio showed how important our ability to provide emergency communications during the disastrous hurricane in KP4 and the surrounding islands.  You can always find the positive when you look hard enough.

So as we conclude this year and embark on a new 12 months, let us ring in 2018 with radio activity… get on the air.  Work a new country, state, county or neighbor.  Introduce a youngster to amateur radio.  Upgrade that license and get full amateur radio privileges.  Go out and activity a federal park (NPOTA), or a summit.  Find a rare grid square and make a bunch of QSO’s.  But most importantly, learn something new about radio, have fun, and make a new friend here or there.  It is the beginning of peace on Earth to men of good will…  Merry Christmas………