Ella Mae Morse

I have this album cover in my shack – just because it is a cute album cover with Morse Code as the topic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IHnkiXMrWY As it turns out – she was quite an interesting singer – who crossed several different genres – Jazz, Blues, Western and even a prelude to rock. She was actually quite hip and soulful – more so than some of…

Hickok 533A Tube Tester

The Hickok 533A Tube Tester Hickok Manual that included a CD with and an RCA manual of every tube they made! Now I can pretty much take care of any problem with the Collins and National tube gear. Since all of the rigs were recapped and re-tuned, only tubes would be the issue at least as long as my time with them will be.

Big Weather Weekend Here in Northern California

Wow – we received a torrential downpour here in Orinda, and the Sierra is no doubt having near blizzard conditions. My neighbor and I fixed his drainage situation – but the water over powered our drainage system. It would have been much worse if we hadn’t done what we did – but I think he needs to have some professionals take what we did…

DXing and Electrovoice in 1955 (and more)

1955 QST Advertisement for Electro-Voice You can see how Ten Tec came up with their “Regal” microphone. One of the fellows who was a principle at Electro-Voice was one of two fellows who started Ten Tec. What I love about this advertisement is that it shows that after WWII, hams who got back on the air and with the restarted DXCC Program – were…

The King, Deposed

Ah yes, the 2018 Midterms have moved into a Blue Wave of Oversight and Accountability, and The King – sitting on his Golden Throne is having a literal and figurative Schitt Fitt. Karma is a bitch!

It Was a Very Nice Holiday Season

For me, the entire 4th quarter of the year is the Holiday Season. From Fall Harvest, to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. It was all very nice – except the smoke from the fires, but I’m thankful we didn’t have fires here – and we are in a danger zone as Napa and Sonoma and Paradise were. I start back at work tomorrow,…

KWS-1 Power Supply Restoration at KY6R

The inside of my KWS-1 Power Supply is in even better condition than I had expected. There is just a little dust in the bottom. I guess I expected worse due to the condition of the outside – but at 65 years old – I’d rather have the outside be a little rough than the inside. I figured I could work on this power…

For The Mere Price of This Linear Amplifier ….

I never intended on getting into this Collins Jazz as I have. However, it’s turned into the most welcomed new “thing” in my hobby world since getting into DXing and DXCC in 2001. CBS Orchestra – War of The Worlds was broadcast in 1938 – some SW-3 receivers picked that up I’m sure! This morning I was listening to classical music on the SW-3…

Merry Xmas from KY6R

Decorated Redwood in front of Diablo Foods in Lafayette, CA We are having a lot of fun here in the East Bay area of the San Francisco Bay Area. Christmas time is fun here. Rotator Tap Room in Walnut Creek, CA We are celebrating our 13th Anniversary of when we met first with a nice Boneyard Beer from Bend, OR … Prima Ristorante in…

Geochron Analemma and The Winter Solstice

Geochron 4K Analemma The Geochron 4K, plus the inexpensive but very high quality TCL digital 4K big screen TV that I purchased this year is one of the best purchases of 2018. I just love this thing and so much more than the mechanical version that I was “bequeathed”. The 4K can be turned off and on – and it very quickly updates itself…