Telegraphers and Robber Barons

It’s very interesting how control of information and exploitation of both the government and workers by robber barons (speculators) has a direct parallel in the mid to late 1800’s to now. Western Union was born out of a regional telegraph line, and at first was headquartered in Rochester, NY. Morse’s patent ended in 1861 and telegraphy really took off during the Civil War. The…

2018: The Year of Karma

I’ve brought up the topic of Karma often. “What goes around, comes around” and other expressions express the main idea of Karma. Today we have Steve Bannon claiming that Trump Jr. and son in law Kushner committed treason. Forget about politics. Here is a situation where you have had many people breaking the law one way or another – with a seemingly endless flow…

Straight Key Night!

Happy New Year! 

2018: Bring It!

I’m now ready for 3Y0Z, and I start the new year needing only 7 more on 160M for DXCC and 9BDXCC.  I’m finishing the year on a great note – I took care of several things around the house that needed attention, and enjoying fixing stuff and had some time for hobby stuff and reading too. I have great work at Credit Karma to…

2017 Top Band: Last Call – Stew Perry!

My 91st and 92nd Top Band QSL cards are in the mail. (Oddly enough, both of these ops only send hard cards via direct snail mail). My last chance at a Last Call to try to at least get to 93 or 94 tonight and tomorrow morning is the Big Stew – The Stew Perry 160M contest. Its 24 hours starting at 1500z –…

17M EDZ Up 60′

Initial tests show that a simple 40M ladder line fed doublet (that is an EDZ on 17M) really works great on 15M, 17M, 30M and 40M. It also works very well on 20M, but the 2 element yagi – even in its retracted state out performs the doublet by its designed 4 dB. The big test is how a 40M doublet up a half…

Penn Pursuit II and 20 Pound Test for the Airboss

I will get this bad boy tomorrow so I can finish putting up my 17M EDZ 60′ in my trees. The 20 pound line is yellow – which will make it very easy to see: Its funny, but when I first moved to Orinda, I put a ladder line fed doublet up in the same trees as the one’s I am using now –…

Merry Christmas!

Here at Chez KY6R we wish you and yours the best of the Holidays, whatever holiday you do or don’t celebrate. And all the best in health and happiness in the New Year!

Samuel F.B Morse and Parallels With Today in the US

The times that Morse lived in had some parallels with our modern times, specifically regarding new technology development, religion and politics. There was an endless line of shysters who were ready to take advantage of his trusting nature, and while he “marketed” his work as his own, he did have lots of input and like all technologies, leveraged others work. Some I feel he…

The > 12 Days of Christmas

A few years back, Kat and I visited the Lost Abbey and Port Brewing brewery in San Marcos, California. This is the home to RF Parts, a company I have purchased many radio goodies from, mostly tubes. 807’s? A year ago, we rode our bikes past the hop fields in the gorgeous Willamette Valley in Oregon, and when we reached Eugene, we ended our…