Man from W.A.S.P

My Heritage according to Ancestry – you can’t get more “waspy” than this . . .  I have been using Ancestry to track my family heritage – and go way back to the 1500’s with my family Genealogy. I had been concentrating more on my Holoch family – which is solidly from Stuttgart – but probably started out in Reutlingen way back in time….

Fall Back

Fall Back. Ugggh – our silly – assed dance with the clock . . . I have never liked this Spring Forward / Fall Back crap – its a vestige of another time. Sure – a time I love to read about – but its so out of date and no longer makes any sense. Oh well, one day I’ll live in a little…

Heathkit SB-200

The latest addition to the KY6R shack – the classic Heathkit SB-200 October was a strange month the past two years, and this year was no exception. After 7 months of super good luck at work with that Data Explorer product / project, during my week vacation in Bend the first week of October, I ran into some bad luck at work. That now…

Meditations on Morse Code

Begali Intrepid Key, image courtesy of Begali, LLC While the ham radio world embraces FT8 and robot QSOs, I’m having a “reunification” with CW, or Morse Code. It’s as binary as it gets. N3ZN ZN-QRP key, courtesy of N3ZN What I’m realizing is that (for me), the #1 reason ham radio operators should continue to exist is Morse Code. Only because we are the…

John Muir National Historic Site

Stairs coming down from the “observation deck” at the John Muir National Historic Site I live in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve learned more and more about some of the nooks and crannies in my back yard that are little known – but very interesting nonetheless. Today we visited the John Muir National Historic Site. You might have heard…

KY6R: “The Cozy Station”

Icom IC-7300 dwarfed by the Collins 75A-4 and Geochron 4K Digital In the 70’s I listened to Radio Netherlands “The Happy Station”. Well, here chez KY6R its the “Cozy Station”. Today is “pumpkin day” – with pumpkin curry with chicken . . . My once a year Imperial Pumpkin Ale. This one is quite good – even though its not my favorite style. The…

Icom IC-7610 vs. IC-7300 vs. Elecraft K3

The Icom IC-7300 is far and away the best value and highly capable rig on the market – and as far as I am concerned – for all time to date. HOWEVER, I’ve read some who said they thought the IC-7300 was better than the Elecraft K3 – sorry, if you are a serious DX-er chasing DXCC and want to chase low band DXCC,…

Geochron 4K

The Collins 75A-4 below the Geochron 4K Just as its starting to get chilly at night – I now have the glow of a tube rig and a TCL 4K TV with Geochron 4K connected to it. It is absolutely stunning. As much as I loved the Kilburg mechanical edition, there is no contest – the digital version is perfect because I don’t need…

V51B on the Collins 75A-4

High Angle 40M Long Path to V51B on the West Coast There are several great things going on this morning – coffee, Collins 75A-4 and a great Long Path opening to Namibia. Andre is S9 on both the phased vertical array and the UrbanBeam. There is more deep QSB on the UrbanBeam, but I am sure that the angle has to be high for…

A Turning of the Seasons

Mt. Shasta, October 7, 2018 – R. Holoch Besides being blown away by Mt. Shasta, California – about 4 hours north of my house, I took this first shot with the tiny Sony RX100VI, and was very pleased with its performance. It is a GREAT full light camera (buy an earlier model if you prefer low light and night time street photography). The V…