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Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

Hello all.

Well where can I start. So far 2019 has not been the best for some members of the group. Chris has had to give up his job he loved due to ill health, Tim has changed his job and had a bt of a time with the change. This has meant both having to put on hold any thoughts on activities and have only been able to operate from home.

The good news is the remainder of the team have all been busy doing their own thing, and sadly had no time to look at activating anywhere or visiting the farm to get the call on the air. This I am sure will change in the next year or so. There are plans currently being discussed to put a lighthouse on the air, a group of us going to Friedrichshafen, and we are also looking at maybe going to the Tokyo Hamfest in the next couple of years. Along with the other group activities that could come along. 

In other News it is god to see IOTA management taking on board concerns for how to introduce new comers in to the award scheme and that all activators should allow everyone a chance to work them not just current chasers and award holders. This follows on from one activation earlier this year only taking calls, and the accrediting them, to stations that currently update each year for eithr Honour Roll or All Time Listing. A little short sighted in my view (Chris G1VDP) as it doesn't encourage new IOTA chasers in to the fray.