March usually brings with it chaotic weather here in the Heartland. “In like a lion, out like a lamb” is the standard wisdom but it’s not uncommon for weather in March to come in like a lion and then stay that way.

Lots of things to do this month beginning with the phone version of the ARRL International DX Contest taking place this weekend. The Novice Rig Roundup also gets underway and runs thru March 11th.

If temperatures remain moderate, I hope to spend more time in the backyard with my hand-shack chasing amateur satellites. I also plan to spend some extra time this month working the straight key as I knuckle down about moving from SKCC Tribune to Senator.

That task is going to take as much or more time sifting my log to find credits and then put them in proper format for submission as it will operating time. I am looking forward to the WES this month as it will be just a plain, simple, sprint with no bonus work.

Happy thoughts of Spring are tempered by that hour of sleep we’re going to lose on the 11th when Daylight Savings Time gets underway again. Driving to work in the pitch dark isn’t worth the extra hour of light at the end of the day if you ask me, but no one ever does.

Around the Ides of March I’ll take some time off work and head south. Brenda and I will be in Nashville to watch the Winnipeg Jets play the Nashville Predators on the 13th. Since we’re staying downtown, we intend to check out the Country Music Hall of Fame and a few other nearby sites before heading further south for a quick family visit in Alabama before returning home.

With several State QSO Parties scheduled for later in the month (OK, ID, WI, VA) there will be no lack of radio activity. Ham radio shakes off from the long winter nap and things begin to warm-up in March in more ways than one…

This month’s journal image (top of page) is cropped from a photo of some old voltmeters that were for sale at the Ft. Wayne hamfest late last year.