You might have heard the old proverb: For the want of a nail, the kingdom was lost. It means that even the smallest of details can prevent a successful outcome. That was true for me today.
I went out into the garage this morning and noticed that my bike had cobwebs on it. I guess the spiders were trying to tell me that I was overdue for a ride. I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and take a ride to blow the cobwebs off of the bike—literally.
Of course, I planned to do some portable operating during my ride. After some thought as to what I needed to bring, I gathered everything up and started stuffing the radio gear into my pannier bags. I put everything into the truck, loaded up the bike, and off I went.
Cables, paddles, and earbuds—check!
Antenna pole and ground mount—check!
Antenna bag containing my 19-foot vertical parts—oops!
I frantically searched through my pannier bags only to conclude that I must have left my antenna bag at home. A phone call to my (far) better half confirmed that my bag of antenna parts was indeed at home. Although I used a checklist, I made the fatal mistake of checking off the antenna bag before actually packing it in the pannier bags. Doh!
I didn’t get to operate from the park today, but it was still a great day for a ride. And, the cobwebs are gone.
73, Craig WB3GCK