The Sopranos

The Sopranos – by R. Holoch, KY6R Its funny, a few years back I did some photography of interesting creepy old dolls and whatnot. On my bike ride home and for several days, I keep thinking of how much the current administration (and others sort of connected) remind me of The Sopranos. It gets even weirder – I think about the Simpsons acting out…

ZS1AFS Heard Well on 40M LP

I heard Tom, ZS1AFS on the morning 40M Long Path, which is the first time in what seems like a month or maybe even two. I don’t know if this is true every year, but my guess that this path isn’t that great around the Northern Hemisphere summer solstice – at least this year. But you would think that then it would also suffer…

Lughnasadh, August 1

We are a few weeks away from a Celtic calendar day called a Cross Quarter Day. It’s the half way point between a solstice and an equinox. Agriculturally, it’s the very first part of the fall harvest. As a father of two boys that went to Acalanes in the Lafayette school district, I clearly remember July 15 being halfway between end of school and…

Introducing The KY6R Maker Workbench

I’ve been so busy this week getting the u.RAT to work, and work is busy as well that I did not even have time to start playing with the Rigol DS 1024z. I at least have a square wave on it, using a procedure you use to calibrate your probes. A little tour of the Maker part of the shack. I have a list…

3Y0Z and the Last Gasp of Cycle 24

The trend sure looks good for 3Y0Z to end up with the last “uplift” of Cycle 24. In fact, conditions sunspot wise today are the best they have been in quite a while – the SSN is 58, but with some storms. Cycle 24 seems to be saying “I’m not dead yet” . . .

Happy DeNogginizer!

Drake’s Brewing in Oakland is in an old car dealership on Broadway, which was called Auto Row. They did a great job with this cool old place, and I had a Covfefe Double IPA, followed by an unfiltered IPA they call “Foraging Racoon”. Kat had the Saison, a very well done Belgian style beer, and the pizza was just phenomenal. We rode our bikes…

Summer Rides

The pedestrian / bike bridge over Treat Blvd in Pleasant Hill Kat and I rode to Danville and back from the Pleasant Hill BART station. We had a great lunch at the Danville Brewing Company brew pub. The deal I made was that I have to pedal for my beer. Fair enough! The Euryops in their full summer glory.

Hello Stepper!

YAHOO! I am now on my way. Its so easy to wire up these components, download some code, flash the memory with the code and start the engines! The Maker Community is amazing – in fact, half of the battle is trying to decide which of many possible solutions would be best for your particular “use case”. All I can say Ham Radio Operators,…

Life in San Francisco

I lived in San Francisco from 1984 – 1994. I lived at 21st and Irving, 47th and Irving, then bought a house in Miraloma Park at 242 Bella Vista. I loved living in San Francisco, and that was when I was in my 20’s and 30’s. I was the 127th employee at Oracle, so this was when the computer industry was switching from mainframes…

Ubuntu Bash on Windows 10!

SSH into the Raspberry Pi from Windows 10 Ubuntu Bash On Windows 10, the “Creator” version, there is a great feature that is Beta and unchecked (not turned on) after you get the Creator upgrade. Its more than just Bash on Windows 10, its Ubunto. It comes with most of the Linux utilities, so the first thing I did was uninstall Putty. Its pretty…