The QRP Lifestyle

Redwood Tree at Diablo Market in Lafayette, California I’ve had the Gold Dust Twins listed for sale for several weeks, and at first I tried to sell everything as a package deal. I did receive two offers, but they ended up not being serious. I guess there are a lot of “lookie loos”. The best looking Ham Radio gear ever I changed the ad…

Santa Klaus ist Und Der Haus!

Santa with Morse Express Christmas Key 2019 and “friends” . . . .  Things are getting downright festivus in the KY6R shack this weekend. We had a superb Thanksgiving week in Bend, Oregon, but now we are getting ready for the main Santa Klaus event here in Orinda.      

The KY6R “Top 3” Lists of 2019: Music

Steve Gunn’s “The Unseen in Between” – my favorite album of 2019 Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Colorado – my second fave of 2019 Henry Chadwick – a new artist for me – and WOW – he is pretty amazing – watch for him (He is a local – Santa Cruz – +1 for that) I found out about most of my favorite…

Fall into Winter

There are still trees with Fall Color It was very interesting on Monday, when we left Bend Oregon with snow covered roads and fairly deep snow up to a foot in some places. We saw snow all the way to Lake Shasta, and highway 97 between Klamath Lake, Oregon and Weed, California was much better defined with snow and bright sunshine. During the summer…

Happy Thanksgiving Trails – Ashland, Medford and Bend Oregon

Wagon at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon Wow – what an amazing week up in Bend. “Grandma’s House …. In Bend. Before the “Bomb Cyclone” We arrived in Bend last Monday after spending a great weekend in Medford and Ashland. The window at Forager Coffee in Medford We left a very dry Bay Area that had yet another power outage scare Diablo…

My Year With Antique Wireless Gear

The Fabulous National SW-3 A year ago, I set out to purchase one antique wireless receiver – a Regenerative National SW-3. I found one and love it and will keep it. Accidentally, I then “fell into” the Collins Gold Dust Twins. That was a bridge too far as far as “having stuff” – but it was a good experience – I learned how to…

Beautiful Sunny Winter Day

The sunny blue sky after the Blizzard – always beautiful Its funny – even though I left the northeast in 1982, I do remember the good parts. The first bright blue sunny day after a major snowstorm is always a great day. Tree with rising sun and deer tracks Being in the high desert – its true that with the dryness – it always…

The Troubleshooters

From the January 1967 Radio Electronics Magazine He can fix your push button phone or guided missile system – what have you?

A Winter Wonderland

A beautiful Winters Day We took a nice “pre Thanksgiving dinner” walk (2.8 miles) on the snowy streets and through several parks. We crossed the Deschutes River on 2 foot bridges, and it was just gorgeous. Patio Furniture in the Snow The days of summer seem a distant past – but we are sure getting close to the end of this year. I will…

Gold Dust Twins – Black Friday Closeout Sale!

Completely refurbished Collins Gold Dust Twins for sale I’ve decided to sell the Gold Dust Twins. Everything except the power supply was refurbished by Howard, W3HM. I restored the power supply (electrically), but did not have the case powder coated. The RX, TX and Speaker are all re-powder coated and re-stenciled professionally. I also have a custom built TR switch by W3HM – powder…