It’s quite nice to be able to fit an exercise regime into normal activity. I like to get up during the week and go for a walk first thing. It’s a good little bit of exercise, and I can go on the #Breakfastclub without disturbing the family. The #Breakfastclub? It’s a radio net, run by 2E1PHW Pete, who’s at home in his bed (very sensible chap). There are normally up to five people on the net, myself 2E0WGK, Pete, G7EPE Dave, M3OHN Pete and M0IMA Phil. We just have a good old chinwag (ragchew in radio speak) about whatever takes our fancy, usually, but not always radio related. The mechanism we use to talk to each other is a repeater on the Isle Of Wight, The Repeater Keeper, G4IKI, Paul does a magnificent job in keeping the repeater, GB3IW on top of the game so it includes a facility called echolink. This is a way that licensed radio operators can access the repeater from their home computer, tablet or mobile phone. Naturally it depends upon s link to the internet, but this really does open conversations to the rest of the world. We have had people from New York (on several nights, a vet tending a poorly cat), Hawaii, Australia joining us for a very tasty virtual breakfast (one of our frequent discussions is food, specifically a full english). I’m there if it isn’t raining, and one of the things I like to do is give a weather report from the waterfront in Gosport. It’s not a forecast, but includes; tide state, sea state (in the harbour so not really accurate), temperature, humidity, wind speed & direction, atmospheric pressure, cloud cover, and general walking conditions. It is only a bit of fun, but I have had people comment when I don’t do it . (people who don’t normally take part in the net, lurkers and listeners as we refer to them, all in friendliness, G0JHQ Adrian, is known as the Chief Lurker, we can usually entice him to come out of hiding with mention of some virtual black pudding. It all makes for a very enjoyable 45 minutes.

Published by Bill

I just want to write, but I prefer to stay away from controversial topics like politics. I am happy to confess that at the moment, I am writing for me. If you enjoy my writings, and I hope you do then that is all the better.

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