My new Shack

Firstly I’d just like to point out that a shack is what radio hams call the the place they operate their radio’s from. Shacks come in all shapes and sizes, I have had a number of different locations for my radios, they are currently in the loft which is where I operate from.

The old shed came down over the course of a couple of weekends and the new shack is now progressing well. Today I started on the flooring as the roof and shiplap is now done. The floor will take a little while to get right. But I should be able to start on the shack electrics pretty soon. I am hoping to be able to get my radios in place by the 2nd week of September.

Work at the moment is relentless, we put 32 new Boris Buses or should I say NBfL’s into Metroline’s depot at Holloway. The buses are settling down well and the need to have an engineer based there is reducing. However as I write a batch of 32 NBfL’s are destined for Go Ahead’s depot at Stockwell, followed by another 20 odd for London United, so things are going to get a whole lot busier over the coming months. Considering TfL’s plan is to have 600 of these on the road over the next 4 years I think the roller coaster has just broke free and there is no getting off until bus number 600 comes into London.

A couple of months ago while I pondered life from my hospital bed I decided that there is more to life than work, and I decided to do something about it and stop putting work before my home life, that lasted until I got the plaster taken off my leg. It’s amazing how you can deliberate and plan over something and just drop straight back into your old habits with the blink of an eye. One thing is for sure, I must start making a bit of time for myself, work will be there when I am dead.

At the end of the month I will be camping for the weekend as my radio club has its 2nd annual trip to Aylmer’s Farm. I really enjoy these weekends and was very disappointed when the trip in June was re-scheduled to a date I wasn’t available. I haven’t had a great deal of time to play radio recently what with the new shack and work, so I look forward to doing a bit on the last weekend in August, I’m hoping it will be a good turnout as the last two trips were a little under subscribed.

Alf is nearly full grown now and I have to say he has been a brilliant addition to the family, he has settled in well and keeps me on my toes which is nice.

I have totally neglected the boat so far this summer, again due to work constraints unfortunately the future doesn’t look too good as far as free time goes, it may be time for a job change I think. There may be a light at the end of the tunnel, but more about that when things pan out.

That’s enough for now, those buses won’t fix themselves


Message ends——————————————————VA



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