Saturday… Get up; have a shower – nope… no photo of that!

Go do the shopping…

Jute shopping bags from Waitrose and Tesco - used every week in preference to plastic bags.   There's even an old receipt loitering in there!
Jute shopping bags from Waitrose and Tesco – used every week in preference to plastic bags. There’s even an old receipt loitering in there!

Nowadays, I usually go to Waitrose. Note the ‘I’ – the weekly shop is usually done by me on my own.

Come back and put the stuff away in the cupboards, fridge, etc…

This Saturday is the first day of a contest on the radio – the CQWW WPX contest…

The CQWW WPX internet page outlining the rules.
The CQWW WPX internet page outlining the rules.

…An annual event this contest requires Amateur Radio operators worldwide to contact as many other Hams as possible and seek to gain points based on different callsign prefixes and countries (to summarise for those of my readers who would rightly find the full details boring). Anyway, I like to participate, albeit in a fun role – I still have to abide by the rules but I don’t have to submit an entry. 20mins or so into the activity and this is what my radio station looks like…
Contest in Progress
Contest in Progress

…Note the notepad where I’m recording the stations that I work – I have to allocate a sequential number to each successful contact. I use the bottom of the page as a scratchpad of stations heard that I may be able to work (assuming they can hear me). Note also the mug of tea – an English Ham’s essential when operating. With time ticking on (I have a football match to attend too) I enter the stations I’ve spoken to in the electronic log…
Electronic log entries.
Electronic log entries.

…Those of you with sharp eyes will be able to read the locations worked in the remarks column. Different parts of the world become possible to work as the propagation of radio waves changes through the day – Central Europe was the general flavour during the pre-lunchtime period with the eastern seaboard of the USA and Canada just starting to become contactable at the end. Unfortunately I can’t continue as it’s time to go to the football…
The Abrahams Stadium on a wintry afternoon.
The Abrahams Stadium on a wintry afternoon.

…So I walked up to the ground with my Son with a threatening sky and the occasional flurry of snow. It was bitterly cold but we were treated to a great match between promotion contenders Wealdstone and our side, Wingate & Finchley, desparately hoping to avoid relegation. Wingate’s man of the match and loyal servant of the club was Danny Neilson in a match that finished as a 1-1 draw…
Danny Neilson puts in a good block.
Danny Neilson puts in a good block.

…Wealdstone will feel that they should have won it in the first 30mins and we feel that we should have nicked it in the last 30, so a draw was probably a fair result. A couple of pints in the bar afterwards and then home on the 382…
The 382 Bus Home
The 382 Bus Home

…and so to write this post before returning to the CQWW WPX contest… 😉