Here’s what’s happening - in 2021, two operators (N5HA, Kenneth Bailey & W9AV, Clint Sprott) managed to work at least 1 park every day. My goal for 2022 is to do the same by hunting at least 1 park every UTC day, and secondarily, to try and write a short post about the day’s first contact. If you want to play along, feel free - I’ll be sharing updates about it during the monthly POTA updates that I prepare for the various ham radio media outlets.
now that you’re in the know about the Baily-Sprott Challenge, here’s the scoop for today:
Bailey-Sprott Challenge Update
Look at that - we’re officially into the first ‘double digit’ days of the year, and so far I’m hanging in there! Today’s first QSO happend pretty much as soon as I planted my butt in my chair this morning, thanks to the fact that John, KN4SWS is a prolific activator, who is very often on the air first thing in the morning. He is also more than willing to tell those of us in the colder weather up north how pleasant it is to be enjoying temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s, watching the fish jump, and to be activating K-1847. I have to admit, it makes me a little jealous hearing him talk about that while right outsite my own window there is snow, and temperatures in the teens :-)
Bailey-Sprott Challenge Status: 10 for 10.
On a side note, I had some chats back and forth with someone who is a pretty regular activator, who had some good feedback on some things regarding the monthly POTA update that I do. I’m going to take his advice, so as we move forward into 2022, during the “monthly leaders” sections, I’ll start sharing leaders by number of Activations and number of Parks, vs. number of Activator QSOs and number of parks. There are a couple other things I think I’m going to tweak around also, so stay tuned.
Incidentally, I also think I might want to break down and set up a couple things to try and tweak up the quality of the audio and video on the updates - I’m not a video producer, content creator, or any of those things, but there are probably some little things I can do on the cheap to start making the updates a little more polished - one of the first things will probably be to try and improve the lighting a little bit. My shack is dark and cozy, which I love for doing radio and working, but for video stuff it can be challenging at times :-)
If you have any feedback, tips, or thoughts, on things you think I could do to improve the monthly updates, let me know - after all, I do them for all of you, so let me know what you want!