Love My Family …

Here is my family, whom I’m eternally  grateful for and love dearly. The bright light of my world comes from my family. That is what I am most thankful for!

5 More Weeks . . .

In 5 weeks we will start a new year. I will wait until New Years Eve to give an end of the year report – because adding Top Band counters will come down to the wire. I’m hoping to add 5 more by then, but that seems like a bit of a pipe dream, but it is possible, so I say shoot for the…

Volunteer Plants

I worked very hard this past Spring revamping the front yard landscaping, and I took care of it all summer – mostly just watering by hand (I’ve been burned by automatic sprinkler systems and don’t use them any more). Anyway, we have a few gorgeous “volunteer” plants like this Chinese Pistachio tree that has amazing fall colors. It’s 70 degrees today and cloudy. A…

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m a day early, but had such a great day at work yesterday that I’m feeling thankful. I thought yesterday and today would be very quiet and not much would get done with many people out of the office, but it turned out to be one of my most productive days and a day where my team solved two big problems. While our politicians…

3Y0Z Backyard Field Day

My 20M home brewed yagi that I designed using YW. My feed is a solenoid (hairpin coil) plus 1:1 Balun Designs current choke. 20M is on it’s final legs as far as this solar cycle is concerned. I’m on my final legs as far as DXCC goes, and I’m quite sure that in a year from now I will only have ONE more QSO…

A Tree and a Wire

This is one of my favorite ham radio memories. Jack, K6JEB, one of the nicest and fun hams I know, combined with another best friend, Peter, W6DEI and other Diablo DXers have helped me launch wires in trees. This is the Blue Spruce Tree that I just moved my 160M Inverted L top wire to, and the tree is more than 60′ tall, and…

The Olde Ruggelstone Pub at Widdecombe in the Moor

My Mother was from Hele Village – a part of Torquay in Devon, England. I found my Mom’s house on Google Earth recently, but I have a memory stuck in my head from when I lived in London (SW10 on Hollywood Road across from the Hollywood Pub!) – and traveled down to Devon and Cornwall as much as I could. The Olde Ruggelstone Pub…

Beautiful November

I used to think October was my favorite month, but I realize that here in Northern California, most of October feels like the final winding down of summer. Wow, the colors this year are even better than last, but they are much shorter. They started much later and seem to be  in a hurry to drop off the trees. It’s a lot like an…

ARRL International Grid Chase 2018

Wow – this going to be incredibly fun. I might do this using just 100 watts and FT8. In fact, I’ll bet FT8 steals the show on this one. The ARRL is genius in recent years regarding operating activities. The Triple Play, then NPOTA. I’ve struggled to not partake because I’m trying to wrap up DXCC. But FT8 and this new Grid Square 2018…

Winter is Nigh …

It’s quite amazing. Last weekend I was sweating wrapping up my last “Winterizing” antenna work at 85 degrees F, and now I’m in the house and shack with the heater on at a Max of 55 degrees F or 30 degrees lower. It could get down to the high 30’s here tonight. My spring landscaping looks incredible, and I’m so happy that I no…