I'm at scout camp this weekend with the boys, and one of the other dads brought his ham radio equipment to try to participate in the Minnesota QSO Party.
The goal is to make a ham radio contact with someone in every Minnesota county. This seems straightforward in principle but we're suffering from being deep in the St. Croix river valley, as well as trying out some new equipment without having all of the fun automatic tuning boxes and thingies that make it easy to tune the antennas.
I've long wanted to get my ham radio license, in that "oh wouldn't that be nice" sense. So I'm learning a few things about the hobby, and one of the things I am learning is how fiddly everything is.