Neil Young: Godfather of Grunge

Neil Young an Crazy Horse – with a really great new album The water in Canada must be pretty damned great – so many fantastic artists have “crossed over to the dark side” into the USA over the years. Hell – I seriously have wondered about “heading north” myself – more on that later. Anyway, as a guitarist and songwriter, one of the best…

The 4 State QRP “Bayou Jumper”

Bayou Jumper built by AB3AP Unfortunately, I missed out on this 4 States QRP kit. I do have the QRPGuys version – which is similar. Bayou Jumper by W3GMS I’ll do some more research, but I think the Para40Set, which is only 2 watts instead of the Bayou Jumpers 5 watts might have a more stable receiver, and it’s a transceiver, where the Bayou…

WWII Spy Radios in the UK

My Grandfather was a Cockney from Bow – Hammersmith My grandfather moved his family from London to Torquay as many did prior to WWII. I still have direct relatives (mostly cousins) in Winkfield (near Windsor Castle) and in Newton Abott in Devon. My favorite place is St. Ives in Cornwall. A Paraset schematic diagram The History Museum in Mountain View has an Enigma, which…

FREQ 300 #29: PJ4/K4BAI – Bonaire

John at his super contest station. QRP was never easier. Another CWT “warm up” for CQ WW 

Karma is a Dog Day Afternoon

Gordon Sondland Torches the “Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight on a Dog Day Afternoon” Way back on New Years Day, 2018, I proclaimed that Karma will eventually win out regarding the fiasco that our country has endured since Trump took office: https://topbandchordalhopper.blog/2018/01/03/2018-the-year-of-karma/ ‎ and I even wrote about it before then: Karma and the Will of Good People I’ve been shocked, amazed and dismayed…

FREQ 300 #27: KH2L – Guam

The “Pacific Theatre” is mine! I’m a bit surprised – the more I use my KX-3 with the UrbanBeam – and continue to log new one’s on a regular basis – even at the bottom of this sunspot cycle, the more I am liking this. Ed’s signal was very strong – and his antenna was doing all the work, but I did get a…

Donald Trump Saved Christmas!

Donald Trump says we are now allowed to say Merry Christmas. What a relief! (Click on image)

The Secret Listeners

WWII “Spy Radio” Operators As part of my “KY6R Spy Radio” project, I’m going to read a few books that center around Bletchly Park and the European Theatre as well as the Pacific Theatre. Part of my interest is that both my parents were born in Europe (Germany and the UK), and I’m interested in the Pacific Theatre because I’ve lived in Northern California…

We Need a Plan B

Just in case America is NOT made great again – we need a Plan B . . . (click on image)

KY6R Spy Radio – Part 1

The Wheatstone Bridge has very high quality components on a thick Bakelite front panel The front panel with most components removed As it turns out, the IN OUT control at the bottom center will be PERFECT as the SPOT control for the QRPGuys Para40Set rig. The BA+ and – are perfect for the battery – although I will also mount an internal battery using…