Discovered lots of lovely walks and paths in the vicinity of my home - walking from the front door.
Spent a lot more time rag-chewing on 2m FM - either from the shack, or with the handheld while out on daily exercise walk. This has resulted in “reconnections” with lots of local amateurs in Macclesfield.
Three regular nets - all with added Zoom / Jitsi video - SOTA Peanut, Macclesfield & DRS, Tall Trees CG.
Finally got around to editing together my video clips on my phone to make that very popular automated FT8 SOTA video…
Two family meals (all round the dinner table) every day at home.
A family game of Scrabble every day and/or a “tournament style” head-to-head game against Marianne.
Catching up on a massive backlog of updates to my website http://sotasummits.co.uk
Two years ago we had a recording session for my son Liam in Blackpool. The audio tracks from this have appeared on various radio broadcasts and “slideshow” type videos since. But we did have a batch of video footage from that session, that I never did anything with. So the biggest thing for me to “get done during lockdown” was to painstakingly match up these video clips to the music.
This was non-trivial. My elderly PC couldn’t really cope with the memory and speed demands of even a basic freeware video-editing software package. So the finished products are nowhere near perfect, but at least I now, at last, have something to show from the day.
Feel free to ignore these videos - but you may find them marginally more enjoyable that my automated FT8 video!
Health warning - Alan Wormald’s guitar solo at the end of Let’s Dance might just melt your face…
Still to go:
More weight loss - a week ago I reached my lowest weight for about 25 years, with 5 stones (>30kg) lost. Unfortunately, just over a week ago I hurt my back - trapped nerve or a slipped disc - so have been housebound, unable to go for my daily walk or even exercise in the home. As such, a few pounds have crept back on again, that I want to reverse ASAP - but I’m still in too much pain to do anything.
I’ve got a big pile of QSL cards to sort through and file away, and then I need to get my logging software to generate and print out all the labels for my next batch of outgoing cards. At some point I’ll need to order the printing of a new batch of QSL cards too.
And then there’s the big shack tidy. Long overdue and desperately needed. I order to get to this, I’m steadily dealing with the piles of “things” (QSL cards, memorabilia/images to go on website, radio magazines to keep/donate/recycle, tools to put back in toolbox etc etc) on bench, shelves and floor. Progress has been quite good on this - though you wouldn’t think it to look at my shack.
In addition to this, I’ve actually mainly continued working full-time too, providing remote online teaching / marking / assessment / feedback for maths students in a South Manchester school. And thank goodness for that, because I can’t see me doing a gig much before December, and possibly well into 2021.
It’s a very weird situation, and I’m just trying to seize the opportunity to get stuff done.
So in answer to your question Ed - yes.