Folks... For days, our weather forecasters have been predicting record or near record snow for Friday and through the week end. So what, we thought, usually when they forecast disaster, they're wrong. Not this time, darnit! Right now we have seven to eight inches of heavy wet snow. This is relevant soon enough. So, this week end is the running of one of my favorite on-air activities, the CQWW RTTY contest. A little definition for those who don't know... Or care, but here goes anyway. CQ magazine is (or was)the sponsor of this contest. WW means literally that it is a World-Wide contest, which means every one works everyone for score. RTTY is radio-teletype, an old legacy digital mode that I happen to enjoy as do a lot of folks. So, starting at 0000 UTC on Saturday morning, we all get on and have at it. The format of this contest, just in case anyone cared, is that everyone tries to contact folks with weird call sign prefixe's like mine for additional points. That makes it much more interesting for us weird call sign holders. Well anyway, on Friday afternoon, the snow started falling, just as predicted. ...And a lot of it too! So by the time of the contest start, which is about 1600 local, we already had about three inches of wet snow. But, it did not seem to affect my antenna, which is an eighty meter full-wave loop in a fir tree. Sometimes when it snows, the snow builds up on the feed line and causes problems. Not this time. So far, so good. I continued to play contest until bedtime, which was about 2200 local. It's not like a had a lot of contacts in the log either, only about 60 or so. Woke up at the usual ungodly time (for a Saturday) of 0500 local. Fired up the rigs and checked the SWR just to see where it was. Looked OK, despite the fact that it was still snowing and apparently had been all night. Remember, at 0500, its still dark around here, so I could not got out and actually look at the antenna. So, I went to contesting and put a few more into the log. While I was doing this, we began to experience small power surges. My main PC is on an UPS, so no problem there, but I decided to close down the station and go shovel snow. Make the XYL happy and all that. Holy Crap! We did have a lot of snow! Heavy, wet snow. About 7.5 to 8.0 inches by measurement. I cleared out a bit of the driveway and only then did I look up at the antenna. Well, the whole thing was so droopy that it was touching or almost touching the roof, and I had been using it all morning or at least until the power dropouts... So, that's it for me. I spent two hours or more shoveling snow, then trudged through the snow to my support ropes to loosen them enough so that the wind, which was beginning to blow, could do no further damage. Spent an additional hour knocking snow off of some of our trees. One of the trees had at least one broken branch. ...and as I am typing this, we continue to experience outages, which has now stopped the washing machine and the cable box... So yeah, the weather man says this will keep occurring through the week-end and into next week. So much for radio activity this week... Whats, a man to do? BTW today is also the XYL's B-day and we were gonna go out. Not now. Even she gets that. Would some of you folks in the mid-west mind taking your weather back?