Solar Cycle 24: How Low Can We Go?

A flat lined Solar Cycle 24 – from

Gee, I guess the bottom of the cycle could go on longer than I had first thought. Its OK because 40M is still quite good – and the noise level in the wee hours of the morning is a low S6 – which means I do have a relatively quiet QTH. I do get some RF hash from the neighborhood, but only for certain hours – usually when people are binge watching mind numbing TV. I killed my TV more than 12 years ago and have never missed it. I also got rid of my car, and don’t miss it a bit. A young woman at the hardware store was very impressed that I get around on my bike. Its nice to see young people who value such things – if I had to do it all over again – there are just a few things I would do differently – and I would have gotten rid of my car years earlier. Funny how easy it is to live without something that used to be a way of life. In fact, I will go as far as saying by getting rid of these “modern conveniences” – it has forced me to see things around me that I would just take for granted. But as always, I digress.

New Solar Charging arrangement at KY6R  soon to be properly mounted

I initially thought using a solar charged battery for my QRP pursuit would result in less noise, but I’m not so sure, and the real reason to do this is to get used to not always having electricity – in fact, getting my pinkie toe in the “living off grid” pool.

Aspens turning color in our recent Colorado – Utah and Nevada trip

Its funny, but the Fall Colors have everything to do with the sun and photosynthesis. I don’t know what it is – but seeing the Fall colors is one of the most relaxing, satisfying feelings that I have ever experienced. It doesn’t matter whether the tree or bush or shrub is landscape planted or natural / native. To me, its the magic of the change, the weather and the sights and smells of Autumn. Lately, there is a sort of toasted smell out side – of the fallen leaves getting dried out. Ironically, that also means its a dangerous time when the “Diablo winds” kick up – but I am hoping that we are over that for this year. My guess is they might return one more time. Southern California – with their “Santa Ana winds” is experiencing their rough fire season right now. Soon the rainy season will be here, but just this fleeting moment in time is a highlight of the entire year.

Black cats and witches . . . 

Trick or Treat! She is missing her Crystal Ball!

I’ll take the Halloween Treats with such nice weather and fall colors – and leave the high fire danger and Diablo Winds for another time. If I only had a crystal ball, a lucky rabbits foot – or whatever else I could use to predict or better yet – influence the future.

A bike stop along Moraga Way to take pictures of the changing fall leaves

Now what was this blog post about? Oh yeah – the Solar Cycle. Hey – its all about the sun, so I suppose I have been in a dream state all weekend – a trance even. I didn’t even need to go to a yoga class to get “in the zone” . . .




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