Autumn Train Song

We were in Colorado from Ouray to Durango, and we happened upon a beautiful aspen grove and then one of the coolest train trestles I’ve ever seen At least from a distance it looked like a train trestle, anyway Aha – it was a trestle for a pipeline! Well, that’s OK, there was a railroad track that went alongside it – meandering back and…

Green Insulator

Old Green Insulator You know that day you get to where you just need a vacation? That’s where I am at. There hasn’t been any one bad thing in my life (as long as I don’t watch the news), but there have been a string of frustrating “administrative” tasks at work (renewing a contractors contract, trying to get that contractor an FTE position, implementing…

The Coffee Shop

The Coffee Shop, Lafayette, CA I lived in Lafayette between 1994 and 2006, and when we moved there from San Francisco, the downtown wasn’t much to speak of. Since then, the town has done a lot to bring in really decent business, mostly cafes and restaurants, but that works well. They also have built housing close to BART, and so it all makes great…

Geochron Analog Clock at KY6R

I was bequeathed a Geochron analog clock from a DXer whom I knew when I lived in Lafayette – and whom I listened to on CW every morning on 160 and 80M. We were both low band DXers, and I even attended an NCDXC Club meeting with this fellow when the club meetings were held at Harry’s Hofbrau. We also were both CW ops…

I’ve Been Bequeathed a Geochron Clock . . .

I found out today that I’ve been bequeathed a Geochron Analog (mechanical) clock. These are (sort of) collectors items – but because of the digital version that has come out – the mechanical versions are quickly dropping in price. They are still quite a unique piece of gear and a great conversation piece. I already have two external monitors in the shack – but…

CK Data Explorer

Today is the day my first “product” at work will launch in Beta. Its an Enterprise Data Dictionary “Explorer” Application at Credit Karma. We think its so good that we might Open Source it. I’ve only been working on this Front End product for a Quarter, and had to teach myself React, Javascript and Flask for the REST API. I also hired someone who…

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 Losing “(Ex) Eastern Bloc” Entities?

In 1989, when Regan announced that the Berlin Wall had fallen, I was watching TV of Germans on both sides of the wall celebrate from a Hyatt in Helsinki, Finland. While I wasn’t a big Regan fan, since then, the only thing I remember about Regan is that he did everything right regarding the US involvement and response to breaking the Soviet Iron Curtain…

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 –…