Well, this has certainly been a tough winter for keeping this blog up to date. Being retired, it’s not like I don’t have time. But I just seem to get absorbed in projects, and it “feels” like I don’t have much spare time.
Speaking of winter, it’s been a pretty cold and snowy one around here. We had 12 inches of snow on the ground a couple weeks ago. With a lot of cold weather, the snow pack has been slow to melt. But it’s getting there.
I’ve been busy going through a lot of the old antique radio equipment I’ve collected down through the years. Even though much of it doesn’t work, at least it looks “organized” now, rather than sitting in piles. I should take some new pictures around the shack.
It was an interesting month in amateur radio. There was a major DXpedition to Navassa Island, and a friend of mine was a member of the group. I worked them on 15-meter single sideband. I found out that I finished #4 in North America (in my operating class) in last July’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) contest. I got back into radio-teletype contesting yesterday in the North American QSO Party and had a big time as the bands were in good shape.
The Blue Jackets stayed below .500 during February, and have been out of the playoff race for awhile. The club has made some trades. Management indicated that it would not trade away draft picks, and so far it has not. So there is clearly an eye to the future. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has just returned from injury.
The Kentucky men are still undefeated with two games remaining in the regular season. For the other college teams I follow, conference tournament byes may be tough to come by.
The Ohio State women have been a pleasant surprise. The Buckeyes went 6-2 in February and are tied for third in the league.
The Kentucky women went 4-3 in February with the three losses in a row. The Cats are 9-6 in the SEC and wrap up the regular season hosting South Carolina later today. The Gamecocks are #2 in the country and need the win to finish unbeaten in the SEC. The Cats lost in Columbia earlier in the year.
The Ohio State men were 3-3 in February which puts them in sixth place. Thad Matta teams often finish strong, so it would be fun to see this team make some noise in the Big Ten tournament. Freshman D’Angelo Russell has had a great year and is probably off to the NBA.