KY6R Inverted L Switched Transformer Match

I’m very pleased to have it all wired and working. My original plans did have a logic – wiring bug – the first relay really needed to be in a default NC mode (no power), and I needed a third voltage line to activate it to be in the 1:1 current choke – or direct feed to antenna mode. I tried to get away…

Make America Sane Again

I’ve witnessed three pathological narcissists “hold court” for far too long and then, as these people always seem to do – implode under their own weight. Its agonizing to watch – about along the lines of the infamous OJ Simpson slow speed White Bronco chase. Yesterday’s news gives me the first hope in a year that the tide is about to change in a…

Morse Code

Years ago I made this assemblage about Morse Code. I’m reading this book and thoroughly enjoying it. I did not know that Samuel FB Morse was a very accomplished painter.

Living History and Telegraphy

San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay Area is a Mecca for “Living History” enthusiasts like myself. It always cracked me up that while Fisherman’s Wharf was crammed with holiday makers, just a block away there is an Oasis and wonderful world that is a lens into the past, The Hyde Street Pier. There is also the Cable Car Museum, Fort Point, Fort Funston and…

December in California

I might have spent my early years on the East Coast, but I have lived in California for almost twice as long as when I lived in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Don’t get me wrong, I have very fond memories growing up in Newton, NJ and going to college in Lock Haven, PA, but the last time I was back east was…

The Ghost of Nixon Past . . .

Its downright Dickensian . . Karmaic Justice is about to be served up on an icy cold tray. But unlike Scrooge, or the Grinch, don’t expect Trump to grow a heart. It is really amazing how close to what’s unraveling in the news today was nailed by Bill Maher and his crew. They deserve an Emmy or Pulitzer or whatever award they give TV…

The KY6R Year End Review

I was going to wait until the end of December to write this, but know enough about how this year is likely to end to write this now. The year started out with the cloud of the election hanging over me. I grew up in the New York / New Jersey / Connecticut tri-state area, and knew all about Donald Trump when I was…

Christmas Tree Bike

I’ve been commuting to work on my bike for more than two years now, and this is my second year with a little lit up tree on the back. It was a yuge bigly hit last year, so it’s on again this year.

Living History (KAFA)

I’m going to wax philosophical today, hopefully in a practical and pragmatic way. Yesterday I watched the wind blow many of the last colored leaves off the trees. I’ve always been a little sad to see the beautiful leaves go, but they turn into mulch for the garden. The circle of life. Since I just planted quite a few new plants and three new…

CQ WW CW Bust on 160M

Twilight Zone – “Static” Conditions were abysmal this weekend, so my last 9 will have to wait. I swear, Top Band is starting to torment me, but I’m soooo close, yet sooo far.