Indian Summer in Northern California

The stunning autumn colors and weather in is full force in Northern California It was quite the week – but we woke to just a stunning day here near San Francisco. The air is clear, the skies are blue, the sun is warm but with that fantastic coolness in the air that makes the combination “luscious”. Under the “big top” at Orchard Nursery in…

Just How is America Being Made Great Again?

Performing a quick noise test during the [SAD] PG&E induced power outage Our power was out this week for about a day and a half. We were prepared and went about our lives quite well. In fact, there were two standout good things about this man made “emergency” – we made sure we were very well prepared, and I was able to test the…

Port Brewing Hop-15

One of the Two Best IPA’s I have ever had This is the first double IPA that I tried not too far after it was introduced in the early 2000’s. Correction – it’s really a Triple IPA. I think Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid and Pliny The Elder were my first true Double IPAs. All three are really excellent. There is only one…

Photography Redux

The Panasonic Lumix GX85 Kit After having a blast in Colorado and getting back into my old photographic hobby, I decided to upgrade to a newer camera – since my old cameras were pre touch screen and all that jazz that goes with the new feature set. I was intent on getting a Lumix LX100ii, but reports of dust issues were rampant, and so…

Autumn Comes to The SF Bay Area

WOW – what a GREAT weather weekend in the SF Bay Area . . . I’m used to the Summers here where they linger on through at least half of October. We had our first 49 degree night last night, and during the day it only got up to 70 degrees or so. The Jet Stream has descended over the Bay Area – and…

Panasonic Lumix LX-5 vs. Sony A6000 (and SDR Technology)

Fall Color Near Granby, Colorado – Lumix LX-5 I brought two cameras with me on our Western States adventure and vacation. This first photo was taken with an old Lumix LX-5, which came out in 2010. It is a 10 mp camera, with a fixed Leica 24 – 90 mm lens and a Micro 4/3rds sensor. It was taken with ISO 80 and 1/1000…

Welcome Autumn: Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California

Multi-colored aspens in Colorado near Lake Granby and Rocky Mountain National Park We just returned from a fantastic Fall getaway – where we flew from Oakland to Denver, and then drove back home – staying in Denver, Fort Collins, Steamboat Springs, Grand Junction in Colorado, and then Park City Utah, Reno, Nevada, and then back home. Copper and Bronze colored Aspens in Park City,…

Elecraft AX-1 Whip Antenna

Elecraft AX-1 Whip Antenna I will be using my KX-3 several times a year on road trips, and since I always bring camera gear, and I have a nice Bogen tripod, the AX-1 makes some sense. AX-1 Tripod Mount I wouldn’t use the AX-1 right on the rig, but really like the tripod option. AX-1 40M base loading coil The clincher on my interest…

Happy Autumnal Equinox

Cheers! We celebrated the Autumnal Equinox in grande style …. I’m starting to see SF Bay Area DXers spotting great DX – on 40M and even some on 20M. Today (0000z September 23) is the first day of the “DX Season”, and it’s partly due to longer evenings on 40M, but also less noise. In a month we will be solidly in this mode,…

The Haunting of Hill House

A Classic Horror Story on Penguin Horror While visiting The Tattered Cover in (booming and beautiful) Denver, Colorado, I picked up this horror classic. It was written by San Francisco born Shirley Jackson who wrote the famous short story, “The Lottery”. This is a perfect book for Halloween and the Fall in general. It takes place in a supposedly haunted house out in the…