Let's be honest, 2016 on the whole has been a pretty crappy year. We've lost so many talented people from the world of entertainment, TV and music. Everytime we switch on the news it is full of doom and gloom. Conditions for radio operators have been terrible. Solar cycle 24 was the worst for over 100 years and some say that cycle 25 will be worse still.
Prices for new radio equipment have shot up in recent months at a time when sales are falling dramatically!!!! (Madness) They all cry it's due to Brexit and the fall in the value of the pound but the pound has regained over 50% of it's value and there's no sign of the prices coming back down!!!! (It's the familiar ROCKET & FEATHER effect... Prices go up like a rocket but come down like a feather!)
Conditions will continue to deteriorate right up until 2020 and are unlikely to pick up to decent levels until around 2024 by which time I truly feel that CB and Amateur radio could be on the brink of extinction!
I do hope I'm wrong but either way I suggest that we all make the most of this wonderful hobby of ours while we can and let us hope that 2017 brings some interesting conditions on the air!!!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Delboy!!!!