Your Replacement … Cy7

Meet your replacement. His name is Cy, aka Cy7, short for Cyborg7. He can generate code automatically based on sensors that give him more data points than the human mind can possibly keep up with. His cameras are always watching you. He is constantly learning and storing data patterns that he can process faster than the human brain. He has no heart or feelings….

FT8, ASUS Tinker Board and KX3

My friend Mike, KJ4Z has been using a more powerful SBC (single board computer) than the Raspberry Pi, the ASUS Tinker Board. You MUST check out his blog – he’s got this all dialed in – and I am following his lead and learning from him: https://kj4z.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/ft8-on-the-tinker-board/ Mike has confirmed that FT8 runs fine on it, so I will take the KX3 out of…

KY6R 40M Antenna Shootout

On Sunday, Sunday SUNDAY, I will get my two 40M antennas ready for a 40M antenna shootout. Only one set of “antlers” can win. Here is the criteria: This test is for Bouvet on 40M. The Mod Bob vs. the DX Engineering DV-40-P ZS, LU, CE and VP8 stations are preferred, because LU is the exact SP to Bouvet, and there is almost no…

Quiet Contemplation

Autumn is a great time to sit back and, like the harvest, reflect on the growing season and contemplate what harvest time means in my life. Where have I been? Where am I headed? You can’t change where you’ve been, but I like to ask “What if” questions about the future. Some are very short term, and some long term. They all involve cost…

The Carrington Event and 3Y0Z?

One hundred years and six months before I was born, The Carrington Event occurred, which was an amazing set of solar explosions that set fire to telegraph apparatus and gave operators serious shocks. The author starts out with a series of solar explosions that occurred in 2003, not long after I started DXing, and one that happened right during the 3C0V DXpedition. He then…

Gamma Rays and Top Band?

I recently went to a planetarium, the first time in decades, and was so excited to hear the the ESA (European Space Association) is launching a deep space telescope (Athena) in 2028 to study gamma rays and other phenomena in deep space. On a few occasions, space weather experts have tried to explain Top Band propagation, and there is not much that we know…

How Low Can I Go?

OK, now that I have nailed all of my big goals for this year (already) it’s time to get very, very serious about losing 50 pounds. Ten years ago I lost 30 pounds, so I know exactly what and how to do this. Every Sunday I’ll put a small mention in my blog as a way to put pressure on my self. My goal…

Amazing Six Months!

I’ve hit an amazing Six month “Sprint” in my life. Working at Credit Karma has proven to be the absolute best work experience I’ve had in my 36 year career. I have built the companies first Enterprise Data Dictionary, which included the data model, Python meta data generators from all sources, and after learning React.js with Redux and Material.ui, I’ve developed the first web…

October QST “DX Issue” Cover

This year’s ARRL QST edition does not feature a team, but instead, its an antenna farm. I have been very curious about this since VK0EK was immortalized on last years DX Edition, and was also on the cover of the DXCC Yearbook. For me, DXCC has become quite boring, but with the maker and ongoing antenna work, I am always engaged and happy –…

Final Notes on the U.RAT

I installed the URAT out back at the base of the “Mod Bob” antenna. I experimented for a few hours and I was able to get a decent SWR on 160, 80, 40 and 30 by doing this: 160M – bypass the capacitors and use a shunt coil at the antenna feed 80M – use the capacitors with that same shunt coil 40M – same…