Tuesday, May 7, 2013
A Shipyard in Germany
The rain started yesterday evening, and this morning, it's coming down in buckets . I'm now hearing thunderstorms in the valley. Band conditions have downgraded to "poor" again, so I felt fortunate to work DL6BBT in the very early morning hours. At a little over 4,000 miles, I thought it was a decent catch. Bremerhaven is one of the largest container shipping ports, in not only Germany, but the entire world. They ship a tremendous amount of "cars" from this port.
It seems every time the weather changes now, I have a horrible nights sleep. I'm sure the arthritis in the lower back has something to do with it, and it's further aggravated by the problem with what I think is a bulging disc pressing the sciatic nerve in my right leg this time. I was up several times last night and hobbled into the radio to put on the headphones and listen on the bands.
Tomorrow morning I'm scheduled for a MRI at the Huntington Veterans Hospital and I'll leave here no later than 9am. It takes an hour to drive there from Charleston. Depending on what the test indicates, I'll make a decision about the cure. My gut feeling is to have surgery as soon as possible to correct this problem since it's my second bout with this nearly intolerable pain in the last 5 years. I'm being forced to live a much too sedentary life right now. I haven't had a good nights sleep in well over a month.
I was also able to work CO8LY in the early evening. I've worked him before from the Outer Banks of North Carolina. That was a few years ago and was a 40 meter contact. Last night I worked this Santiago Cuba station on the 17 meter band. The Bremerhaven station marks my 34th contact into Germany.
It will be the afternoon before I return home. I may not make the effort to work anyone on the bands tomorrow. It depends on how I feel after the trip and the MRI scan.
Posted by Jspiker at 11:38 AM