Happy Autumnal Equinox

Cheers! We celebrated the Autumnal Equinox in grande style …. I’m starting to see SF Bay Area DXers spotting great DX – on 40M and even some on 20M. Today is the first day of the “DX Season”, and it’s partly due to longer evenings on 40M, but also less noise. In a month we will be solidly in this mode, and several DX…

The Haunting of Hill House

A Classic Horror Story on Penguin Horror While visiting The Tattered Cover in (booming and beautiful) Denver, Colorado, I picked up this horror classic. It was written by San Francisco born Shirley Jackson who wrote the famous short story, “The Lottery”. This is a perfect book for Halloween and the Fall in general. It takes place in a supposedly haunted house out in the…

WWII: British Spy Radio “B2”

The British Spy Radio 3MK2 or “B2” – photo by N6PF My good friend Elliot, N6PF (who has one of the best callsigns going – “Pico Farad”), sent me a couple of pictures from a museum he visited in Paris. Photo by N6PF It is the British B2 spy radio used by the Allied Forces to send and receive messages during the final days…

My Next Radio?

1930’s Tombstone Radio My next radio will be a Direct Sampling SDR that has a KX-3 like package. It won’t be an ICOM IC-705 because I am not interested in D*Star or even UHF/VHF. It will be DXer oriented, and extra marks for being CW only. 20W max. I will start looking for phrases like “It’s like a KX-3, only Direct Sampling”.

My Patent Story

Someone Elses Patent . . .  I had a long meeting with some principles of our company and an outside patent lawyer, and found out that what I have designed does have several items that could be patented. These are all things that address the business issue of “Data Protection”, and its a HUGE new market. Google GDPR and CCPA and you will quickly…

First Major CCPA Hurdle Cleared!

My past year and a half of designing and working on “Data Protection” systems is paying off yuge bigly. I completed annotating ALL database tables that have PII (personal information). I used the Data Discoverer tool that I designed and my small team built this summer – and it has been a pure joy to use and helped make me very productive. In fact,…

Maine Fall Foliage Report

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDACF/bulletins/25e61b9 I received my first Fall Foliage Report email from the very fine state of Maine – its a yearly tradition. I have never been there, but if I were ever to move “back east” it would be a place I’d like to check out. I very much like being able to get to the coast or the mountains within one days drive –…

Direct Sampling SDR vs. Superhet (KX-3 vs. IC-7300)

The KX-3 has the better keyer – by a margin The IC-7300 has the quieter receiver – by a margin On 40M – listening to T30L at 0900z – which is normally a fairly quiet time of day – but where this month it has been really noisy – I wanted to just listen to each radio to see its on air S/N response….

Zen and the Art of QRP DXing

UrbanBeam up 55′ on AB-577 Unlike any station that I have had up before, using the Elecraft KX-3 with the UrbanBeam is what I would call “Spartan Fun”. I really can’t believe how easy it is to work the world with only 5 watts. I also can’t believe how well the UrbanBeam works – and how just getting it up another 10′ – to…

K7TRI: And Then There Were Three

THIS is the most exciting DXpedition for me in years! Yes, Bouvet is the BIG BIG deal – but its pretty cool that with 5 watts – and knowing how rare NA-211 is – that I’ve worked them on 40, 30 an 20M – with my UrbanBeam. Sure – if I were to try to work 3Y0I – I’d have a full gallon, but…