Radio Propagation : Real Magic

It’s hard to find real “magic” left in this world, but whenever I want a sense of awe, I re-read at least part of this densely packed 100 page book. Ian Poole uses exactly the right diagrams to go along with very well written sentences and paragraphs that don’t over burdon you, the reader, but also don’t gloss over the subject like many Ham…

Life During the Pandemic

My “Covid-19” Gym Last Friday I pulled my old Cannondale road bike up from the basement and fixed it up for road riding. My commute bike is great for going to and from BART, but I have been wanting to extend my gym workouts with longer road rides. The “shelter in place” is the perfect excuse to do so – and when I fixed…

Vernal Equinox Has Sprung

Spring Has Sprung – and Radio Conditions Might Get Interesting When I was OCD about the ARRL DXCC program, Winter was my favorite time of year for trying to work ATNO’s, but there was always big and fun surprises during the Autumnal and Vernal Equinoxes. Today is an early Vernal Equinox, and here is a very interesting article regarding this: https://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-spring-vernal-equinox My Geochron 4K…

Pandemic Silver Linings

El Nino Does a Dramatic Reading of Bukowski’s “Play the Piano Until Your Fingers Bleed” OK – now we are “sheltering in place”, and work is still going great – I’m very lucky to be in tech – where I spend my days in front of a laptop and a couple of monitors. In fact, one “silver lining” is that people at work are…

Life During Wartime

Last Fall we had three power outages to prevent our area from burning down. That was regional, and what we have now is global – which is mind blowing. I can’t remember ever being through a world wide pandemic. I do remember regional epidemics though. Last Fall’s emergency did get us to purchase a big 55 gallon drum plus many other containers for water….

Garlic for the Vampire is a Skull Necklace

A Necklace of Skulls is a Better Vampire Deterrent than Garlic My childhood best friend http://www.marksartworld.com/ and I created “The Monster Club” in New Jersey in 1966 or so – and then his family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area just a few years later. Mark’s Mom and my Mom immigrated to the US from the UK after WWII. They were both in…

Corn on the Macabre

Zombie Catcher Life was good during the Obama years – we were on the mend after the disastrous Bush / Cheney / Rumsfeld “House of Evil” followed by economic carnage. I figured that nothing could ever be worse than that. Until 2016. The worst “President” ever in the history of the US is presently holding the US hostage in a way I could never…

Haunted P.O. Box 732 . . .

Haunted P.O. Box 732 – circa 2008 (last GOP induced recession) I created  bunch of macabre art back in 2008 or so – when the GOP created an economy where my house value plummeted by 50%. Macabre humor turned out to be a real source of therapy. Turns out – it is again in 2020 with this “Trump Slump” – caused by yet another…

What Will Tomorrow Bring?

Its not ALL bad – it never is, actually While us humans tethered to our networks are worried sick about what might happen, life goes on. Some stories are comforting – and none coming out of the White House. For example, Tom Hanks and his Wife both ended up with the Corona virus, and Tom’s message on Twitter was exactly the kind of message…

Bon Adieu Le Radio Antique!

I really enjoyed doing some minor restoration work on a National SW-3 Regenerative Receiver, and the power supply for the Collins KWS-1 transmitter. All of this gear is now sold and shipped – gone. In our modern times, it’s quite a trip to take a jog through the past. Filament Voltage, High Voltage, etc. What was really cool was that these tube rigs and…