U.RAT Version 2.0 and Experiments

The u.RAT that I will set up tomorrow will replace the Palstar BT1500A, but only as a test – to see if two Palstar C600 variable capacitors plus one inductor will work on 160M. I expect it will work on 160 and 30M, but not sure about 80M. I split the control box and the drivers so that the Raspberry Pi Zero is in…

Where Have All The Top Banders Gone?

There were three announced 160M activations this summer that never happened. There have been at least 4 mega DXpeditions whose 160M activation was pitiful in the last several years. I do understand that its a hard band to put antennas up (and keep them up) and that it also doesn’t have the “ROI” that other bands offer. I had expected as we slide down…

Cool for August

This was a great album – lost in the dust of the 90’s. I used to think the 80’s was my favorite decade music wise – but its really the 90’s. This entire month has been one of the nicest weather wise for August. After a pretty warm June and July, we have had a strong persistent fog along the coast and it extends…

The Anachronistic DXCC Program

When I started DXing in 2001 I clearly remembered feeling like I needed to catch up on something I had missed out on since I left Ham Radio in 1977. DXing. In 1973 or 1974, a fellow who lived across town and who was in High School, Larry Reiser, WB2KBH tried to get me into DXing and contesting. I was a CW rag chewer…

Total Eclipse, at Work

We almost ran up to Oregon for the total eclipse, but decided against it. I’m sure those who drove up to Oregon were quite happy. Over a very nice coffee at work (we have an in house Cafe that rivals the best of the best coffee places in the SF Bay Area right in our office), I enjoyed watching the NASA and other channels…

Nixon’s Ghost

Greatful Dead’s Jerry Garcia wore this hat when his nickname was “Captain Trips”. Kat and I went to the last showing off a De Young Museum show called “The Summer of Love”. At the time, we were both 8 years old, and she lived in LA near Melrose and I lived in Newton, NJ, a suburb of NYC. The show had a great mixture…

An October Surprise?

By this time last year, the trees had already started turning color, and I have confirmed that its was because of the drought. The dry forces the chlorophyll to change colors earlier than normal. After a drenching Winter, things are different this year. Autumn is still my favorite time of the year, and I never get tired of it. I am sure that I…

A Turning of the Season

The days are getting shorter and we have had some downright chilly evenings, at least for August. I’m loving it. Nature always seems to inspire, especially this time of year in the northern hemisphere. The Chinese Pistachio’s and Cottonwood’s are showing a little color change, and riding my bike home last night – by the time I got home at 8 PM, it seemed…

Karma and the Will of Good People

Unfortunately, I have experienced three people in my life who attempted to make my life hell, and in the first two cases they were people in my direct “sphere of influence”. These people tried to hinder my progress in life. The third is a politician who hands down is the most detrimental person I have ever experienced in American society. Here are the traits…

Siglent SDG800 Function Generator

I’ve been researching test gear, and it is actually more for my education than anything. For pure digital circuits, the Salaea Logic Analyzer is a good choice, and while I understand it can handle some analog signals, this is where a function generator and oscilloscope comes in. At Circuitlab.com, I can draw a schematic diagram and simulate what it would look like in an…