Our current plan is to leave soon after out daughter and her family join us for their summer visit in July. We are expecting to head north and end up in SE Alaska for the winter (likely in Sitka or Petersburg).
We are VERY excited but were keeping a bit of a low key until we had our meeting today.
Addendum 2/16/17 - Hi to Kansas State University HAM Station W0QQQ who were able to talk clearly with us from Manhattan Kansas while we were out testing the new HF radio modem.
Folks sometimes ask what Norman was like as a child when they hear about his crazy interest in tearing things apart and putting them back together. Perhaps an exchange with our daughter concerning our 8 y/o grandson who seems to have the "Norman Gene" will give a bit of a picture:
TEXT MESSAGE from daughter: H definitely your grandson, I am letting him replace a light switch tonight and he's super excited. We are discussing the history of aluminum v copper wiring on the way to gym.
PHOTO AFTER GYM:
|Henri fixes his sister's light switch.|
TEXT MESSAGE from daughter: V [H's little sister] is super excited to have a not-broken switch and H is making plans to change every switch in the house.
The story is told that at 12 years old I flew back to visit my Aunt Daisy, the closest person I had to a living grandparent by that age. To keep me entertained she put me to work wiring some lights and outlets in the basement of her very old house and then paid me for the work (as I recall it was during that job that I learned to quickly whip my hand past the wire to see if it was still hot as the fuses were poorly marked - I have since found much less painful and safer methods). Anyway, my dad (who was trained as a commercial electrician but worked for a major airline) immediately flew back when he heard about his sister's house being wired by a child. Turns out that he approved of all of the work I had done as being done as safely as possible when adding on to existing wiring. So I'm very excited about H getting some observed training before he starts rewiring the house (or my boat!!) without asking first.
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