What goals do you have for 2014?

This morning, my Twitter feed featured this Tweet from Mitch, AA5D, a relatively new ham:

_AA5D's avatarMitch (AA5D) @_AA5D
I take a look at the last year in this blog… Recap of 2013 Ham Radio Goals wp.me/p32EjK-2M

Mitch didn’t meet all his goals, but setting some probably helped him achieve more than if he hadn’t set any.  Not only that, I bet it helped him have more fun overall. There’s a certain satisfaction in achieving goals and not just doing stuff willy-nilly.

So, with that in mind, I’m going to set my goals for 2014:

  1. Update the No-Nonsense Technician Class License Study Guide. The Tech question pool has been updated, and will go into effect on July 1, 2014. I’m planning on having the updated study guide ready to announce at Dayton (late May).
  2. Hold at least three one-day Tech classes and another General class. I was able to do this last year, so I should be able to accomplish this in 2014 as well. I’m also thinking of experimenting with a two-day Extra Class.
  3. Finish at least two kits. I have four kits on my workbench in various states of assembly. I need to get them off the bench and into service.
  4. Repair the IC-735 on my bench. It would be nice to get that back into service as well.
  5. Experiment with a new mode. I’ve been researching FreeDV, and I think that’s the mode I want to try out.
  6. Add to the antenna farm at WA2HOM, our club station at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. We really need 40m capability, and we need to add a 40m antenna at the very least. An antenna for one or more WARC bands would be nice, too.

There are, of course, other things on my list of things to do, such as learning how to use antenna simulation software and  writing and publishing a new book, but this is a good list, and those goals are certainly doable. You should be realistic about your goals, so that they don’t become a disappointment.

So, having said all that, what are your goals for 2014?

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