We went from Direct TV satellite access to removing the antenna from our roof because of HOA issues to replacing stellar feeds with Charter high definition cable to a Cisco box failure with picture only without audio.
The Direct TV installation specialist completely screwed up on the install. We called him back a second time to re-route the coax line also he drove a 4 inch coarse threaded bolt into our roof then removed it without sealing the hole. I dumped nearly 12 gallons of water after a storm from last week.
Lastly, I spent the greater portion of Saturday afternoon on the wireless phone trouble shooting with two Charter technical support specialists.
How do I rate this technology saga?
Ridiculous Meets Inertia
We have a picture to our brand new LG LED 42 inch flat screen however no audio feed. A Charter technician is scheduled for Monday afternoon. I already know what is going to happen. It's a hardware swap that is Cisco box for Cisco box. Overall, I'm bitterly disappointed after already replacing one box making this two failures in a row.
Additionally, Direct TV delivered superior picture quality to include a robust menu of channels however the installation specialist put the hurt on Direct TV's reputation.
On the other hand, I downloaded a batch of LoTW and eQSL digital cards after the 2012 ARRL International DX CW event and I'm a little surprised by the results.
I received 136 digital cards from eQSL, 46 LoTW credits, and one traditional QSL card from Japan. Also, I have completed 66 percent of the first 100 toward my Diamond DXCC challenge after loading the spread sheet earlier this morning.
Fast, Fun, and Furious
One can make a serious dent on most awards during a RadioSport weekend. Basically and fundamentally, I do not have time during the week to pursue anything other than sleeping, eating, working then repeat cycle.
Personally, I find RadioSport is a good fit for my 21st Century weekend schedule because the game is fast, fun, and furious.
Perhaps, one day, and I say this with a little pessimism, I can sit in the operating chair and enjoy a rag chew conversation instead of less than 140 character exchanges. However, that day is a more than a decade away, and who knows what RadioSport will look like when I'm an officially retired gray beard?