Brave New World: a 1931 and 1958 Coincidence

Brave New World Revisited, 1958 A very cool coincidence is Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World in 1931 (same year the National SW-3 was first sold) and Brave New World Revisited was written in 1958, (the year my Collins KWS-1 was sold). The reason that this is important to me is because Huxley was a “channel-er” and “chronicler” of his time. I have read…

KWS-1 On The Air!

Calling CQ on 7022.6 I was heard today, but it seems few people are interested in CW rag chew QSOs these days. But at least good old RBN showed my success with strong signals in Portland and a few other places. I was heard as far away as Utah and British Columbia, which is normal for the time of day and where we are…

Elecraft K4

The stunning new Elecraft K4 There is no doubt, this product announcement will “steal the show” at Dayton this year. This is the most exciting news in Ham Radio for quite some time. Back of the K4 Phenomenal features, for sure, but I do see many similarities with the Icom IC-7610. I prefer Elecraft any day, but I do admit – I really liked…

Brave New World and Tech Monoculture

Silicon Valley Tech Monoculture A good part of Brave New World concentrates on technological innovation, assembly line automation, and cultural “sameness”. Data: When is it Information? In today’s world we are not cultivating people, we are cultivating data. Furthermore, the people cultivating data subscribe to a sameness, very much like working on an assembly line. The big difference is that because the skill level…

Koolertron Signal Generator

The Koolertron (goofy name) 60 mhz Signal Generator – a killer deal at just over $100 This little bugger got rave reviews and is a real bargain. I used an old Heathkit Signal Generator when I was learning the oscilloscope, so when I saw this unit – and how much more advanced it is than that old Heathkit, that was that. I am now…

KWS-1: Mystery Solved!

The front “slug rack” mechanism broke during shipping. You can see it had corrosion at the rivet … The PTO mechanism, which mechanically tunes the KWS-1 has this interesting set of three metal bands. Two raise and lower a tuning “slug rack”, and they have spring tensioners, and the third is connected to the USB / LSB switch. I decided to take the bottom…

KWS-1 Good News

I can get full output power, but only when the transmitter dial is set all the way to the right. This is the case on every band. The VFO has the correct frequency readings across the 80M scale, and all but one reading using the scope seems correct. The VIF seems way too low in voltage. My friend Bruce, AH0U believes the PTO got…

1930’s Regal Guitar Amp

1930’s Regal Amplifier To go with the 1930’s Epiphone Archtop, this 1930’s Regal amplifier will complement the sound and looks quite nicely. I’m quite excited – I’ll be getting together with my friend Jeff to write songs again. Jeff and I played in a band back in the 80’s in San Francisco, and he lived next door for several years when we lived in…

Epiphone Archtop

Back in the 1980’s I played in a couple of bands that played mostly in San Francisco nightclubs – one notch above dive bars – and I had the time of my life. I wasn’t the best musician, but my love was song writing – if I could have written songs for others to play I would have continued to play. However – the…

GDPR, CCPA and my Reinvention

I think a few months back I mentioned that most companies that have “big data” have a runaway train or avalanche of data. Most companies don’t even know all of what they have – and then they are afraid to delete anything in case someone might still need that data. Throw in lack of Data Governance and discipline and good data management – and…