Chasing Venus

I’ve been reading this book, and it’s in the same highly rated “science adventure” category that my favorite read from last year was, “The Sun Kings”. Chasing Venus Chronicles the many international scientists who participated in science expeditions traversing all four “corners” of the globe to witness and record the transit of Venus, which happens twice a century. The story includes national pride, astronomers…

DXCC in the 90’s ….

While doing research on my other blog, The DXCC Sleuth: https://dxccsleuth.blog/ I noticed that there was a trend where several clubs and DXpeditioners seemed to almost be competing to see who could be the first to activate an entity, and they lobbied the ARRL DXCC desk to do so. The refrain I’ve heard from someone in the know was “good grief, another reef!” At…

Another Day in Paradise

The bike / hike path on the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge Kat and I rode our bikes across the Bay Bridge today, and it was stunning. We are doing more and more sightseeing in our own back yard, and it reminds us of how lucky we are to live in the Bay Area. Hogs Apothecary in the Temescal District in Oakland –…

2018 Summer

This was so much fun. Kat planned this trip where we rode bikes from Orinda to the really gorgeous town of Santa Rosa. I had so much fun. It was just so cool to hook up with Rick and Katie: We are about to go on our next cool adventure. I can’t wait. Being with Kat is just too much fun.

KH1/KH7Z: Easy on 40M CW

I worked them very easily on 40M just now. Their signals are very good – S9 +20, and 100 watts with my DX Engineering DV-40P vertical array did the trick. The Icom IC-7610 with its Dual Watch is noticeably better than when I had a K3 with two receivers. its hard to explain – except I can listen to callers as well as the…

Summer Spiders

Life is short, keep what is near and dear to you near … At some point you will give up the ghost. But not today.

DXCC and “Self Imposed Planned Obsolescence”

I’ve heard about – and even read about some hams that leave the hobby once they earn whatever goal they had originally set out on. I can understand this if you are at some point in your life where you really just don’t have time for the hobby – especially when you start a career or a family – or make a big career…

Summer Fun

A year ago this past February, I was ending one job and weeks later would start at Credit Karma. I took that time to landscape, and I rebuilt that rock wall and put down a pebble patio. Then I planted a bunch of plants. A year later and it’s a lush garden, and now we are adding garden “chotskis”. This little bike has a…

Bike Travel Weekend

The Ferry from San Francisco to Larkspur Landing Adventure Cycling Association, from Missoula, Montana, sponsors a great program – to get out on your bike and travel. I need to keep lifting weights. I can actually see how losing the first 10 pounds has made a difference. Now I’m really motivated. 25 more to go! Kat and I live in the San Francisco Bay…

Unofficial Summer, on Cue

Today we walked the Lafayette Reservoir, and it’s a pretty hilly walk just under 3 miles, all paved. The mustard and Queen Annes Lace is between 6 – 8′ tall, which is higher than I remember. Anyway, this Memorial Day weekend we hit 85 degrees Fahrenheit as if unofficial Summer started right on cue. It had been quite cool and even chilly during the…