This first week of 2011 has had me thinking about what to do.
My subscriptions to CQ and QST are about to run out.Â CQ in February.Â QST in March 2011. I have also been thinking of signing up for QRP Quarterly.
Let’s talk about Dollars and Cents, the total of all these publications would come to $ 136.95.Â That is if I signed up for one year of CQ at $36.95.Â Continued my Diamond Membership at the ARRL at the minimum of $75.00 which would include QST.Â And ordered QRP Quarterly at $25.00.
Again, that’s $136.95
That certainly keeps me in the know of what is going on in the world of Ham Radio.Â But it doesn’t keep me, or put me on the air.
I could spend $140.40 and purchase a Wouxum VHF/UHF hand held with the basics to get me on the air locally here in the metro Phoenix area, and should I travel over to San Diego, as we normally do during the year, allow me to make contacts while there.
I asked my wife, what she thought and to me surprise she was in favor of me buying the radio.
OK, hams who read ARD, what would you do?
Actually there are three choices.
1.Â Renew the subscriptions. (And join the QRP organization)
2.Â Purchase the Wouxum VHF/UHF Hand Held with just basics.
3.Â Do both.
As I finish writing this blog, I think I would be best picking one, I and think I know which one will be best, both for now and the long term.