The “Creekside Bobtail”

Google Earth still shows my old N6BT DXU-32, which was one of two best antennas I have ever had as far as DXing, performance and convenience are concerned. Convenience is relative – that was one big antenna, and I am kind of surprised it did so well on top of a military mast – the AB-577. A testament to the engineering feats of military…

KY6R Mic and Key “Shootout”

The three microphones L-R are the Astatic D-104, probably the #1 mic that hams used with the KWS-1, the Shure 51B “Sonodyne” – used mostly by recording artists like Nat King Cole, Turner 99 – the oddball of the three, I don’t know what it was used for in its day. The three keys L-R 1960 Vibroplex, 1943 Vibroplex and Begali Intrepid bug. I…

The Pursuit, the Journey, the Reward

Mushrooms. No particular reason why I used this photo except it looks cool. My friend Tony, K4QE wrote a nice note to me regarding this blog, and it occurred to me that the Pursuit, the Journey and the Rewards are the best reasons to have a hobby. I like the word “Maker”, and I’m sure it comes from the German word Macher. My wife…

KEF at the Starry Plough

KEF – at the Starry Plough – photo by Kat We saw our Nieces band KEF at the Starry Plough in Berkeley and had a fantastic time. (Nisha is wearing red and playing a horn). KEF plays Balkan Folk music. It was such a great “Berkeley” experience, with lots of very friendly people dancing and having fun. In a word, it had Soul. They…

The Reinvention of KY6R

1945 Vibroplex Bug Now that I have decided to decommission my Ham Radio Station from “Struggling Alligator Masochistic DX Station” to “Just Have Fun Station”, I have a new “Mission Statement”: Only do it if it’s fun Whims are highly encouraged Learn something new daily Keep it simple Build or fix more than buy Use CW daily High power only with KWS-1 Become a…

Collins KWS-1 Power Supply Restored!

I had big fun in the KY6R shack today – I used my DVM to triple check the wiring of my re-capping plus replacing a selenium rectifier and replacing a suspect 0B2 tube. I also found a pair of 1 1/2 amp Buss fuses that I hear are hard to find. The fellow who owned this before me stashed them under the main power…

Turner Dynamic Microphone

One of these babies will grace the KWS-1 when I crank up the transmitter in a couple of weeks. I have been restoring a couple of old microphones, and this cool looking bugger landed in my lap for a song.

2019 March ARRL DX Contest = 80M!

Just listening around for the ARRL SSB DX Contest – and while 40M is pretty good – 80M is on fire. This is when 80M sounds more like a higher band – when there are sunspots. But with February completely devoid of sunspots – its best to drop down in frequency and see what is shaking there.

Shure 51 Sonodyne Microphone

I was able to find a Shure 51 Microphone for only $80. I did some research and found that its easy to restore these – take it apart and replace the cartridge, replace the colored silk inside, and give it a good polishing. Its from the 50’s and is adjustable as far as impedance goes – which means it will work great with the…

Soma

Homage to all things Surreal and Dada. Sometimes what seems to make no sense is what makes sense. Sometimes what seems unreal is what is real. Is it Orwellian or influenced by Aldous Huxley? Or both? Our “Dear Leader” is a master of Double-Speak Pass the Soma, please . . .