Autumnal Equinox

Today is the actual Autumnal equinox at my QTH, and so its time for Equinox-a-palooza! Falls glorious colors – where Colorado competes well with the Northeast US  

Welcome Autumn!

Its the Autumnal Equinox, and time to get ready for fall colors There is something about fall colors that take my mind off everything else and leave me mesmerized. I like the longer nights and the cooler weather . . . Its the only season that I wish would last longer

Fall Like Weather Pattern in SF Bay Area

Yesterday we had a gorgeous Maxfield Parrish like sunset – “pinky – blue” sky. This is because the Jet Stream seems to have behaved a little bit more like our Winter pattern – there is a dip from the Gulf of Alaska combined with the clouds and cool temperature – and the fact that the daylight hours are noticeably shorter now – and it…

Fall Color Photography Map

Fun fall color prediction map at https://fstoppers.com/nature/2018-us-fall-color-prediction-map-landscape-photographers-284279 One of my other hobbies is photography. Years ago I had a Leica M6, Hasselblad medium format camera and a Graphic View 5×7 camera. In the late 1990’s, I switched to digital, once cameras had  whopping 2 megapixels! I use a Sony a6000 now with a couple decent lenses – it does everything I need for now. I…

UC Santa Cruz and The Data Explorer Launch

Ivy on a Santa Cruz building Last weekend, we visited my son at UC Santa Cruz – to see his new apartment and hang out for a while in one of my favorite Bay Area places. The UC Santa Cruz campus is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen – its literally in a redwood forest. Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City, Oregon…

Autumn in Orinda!

Orinda is in a very interesting “microclimate” in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. We literally are in several small but steep canyons in the fold of the hills above Oakland and Berkeley – some that are over 1000′ and Mt. Diablo – which rises to 4000′. In between is the Las Trampas Ridge – which rises to 2000′. There are…

Back To School – and, Will 3Y0I Happen?

Autumn is my favorite time of year – and yesterday I saw the first orange and red leaves on my neighbors pepper tree. Interestingly enough, while some of the Sierras are down in the 40’s – and a very few in the 30’s – Orinda might also get down in the high 40’s tonight (very early morning). As I expected, this Summer was the…

What DX Will This Autumn Bring?

Autumn in Orinda Conditions have been pretty crummy this year – even 40M seems to be bad these days. Luckily, working KH1/KH7Z on 160M was a cake walk – so there was some fun and excitement this summer DX wise. I’ve been so busy at work building – and very soon launching the “Data Explorer” – which is an Enterprise Data Dictionary app that…

Major 160M Opening

The most interesting part of this image is how much closer R1FJ, JW, JX, OX and TF look than on a flat map. In fact, they are not that much farther than FP was, which was my last new one on Top Band, and where FP was very loud here. This is a very good omen . . .  I’ve only been chasing 160M…

Welcome October!

Market Street, San Francisco There’s been a nice “snappiness” in the air, and the Jet Stream has been right over the SF Bay Area. The fall colors have begun, but way behind last years schedule. I am sure its because of the rain we had this year – and that before – with the really bad drought that we had, the trees were stressed…