Spring Has Sprung!

We have had a beautiful Winter here near San Francisco. Just enough rain and temperatures that hit 60 degrees F every day. It has been just perfect “antenna weather”. The very first shrubs and trees are starting to bloom, and this will build for months. We do need more snow in the Sierra’s though, so I’m hoping we reach a normal level. Last year…

3Y0Z West Coast Watch: The Big Flip!

OK, today I very clearly saw what I couldn’t all week because I literally got home from work just after 20M closed. That was a theory, and my idea about the “Cross Quarter Days” does in fact make a big difference. Right now, the days in the Northern Hemisphere are getting longer, and at an accelerating pace.  What I noticed is that TODAY, 20M…

Ham Radio Propagation Studies

I’ve been waiting two years to work an ATNO, so it should be no surprise about how excited I am to work 3Y0Z. Rather than just “anxiously await”, I decided to collect some data and see if I can identify any interesting propagation behavior(s). The 20M openings at the West Coast sunset vs. sunrise and during “Cross Quarter Days” is something I have never…

Radio 2018

Rich O’Rielly, 2018 A very good friend and artist in Santa Cruz, California has designed perhaps my favorite radio poster of all times. Rich O’Rielly and I have known each other virtually for many years. Rich and I met through a friend whom I’ve been inspired by in my art, Jack Howe, also of Santa Cruz. My childhood friend and artist Mark Grey, who…

40M Phased Vertical Array ~ 40M Half Wave Dipole

The N6BT DXU-32 … I have had two occasions where I was able to test my fantastic 40M phased vertical array against other antennas. I say fantastic only because when you compare the height requirements and maintenance requirements, the phased array has tremendous bang for the buck. The DXE DV-40-P … First I compared it to the N6BT DXU-32, and the DXU-32 won by…

The Path to 9BDXCC …

I need 7 more to make DXCC on Top Band and also get my 160M 5BDXCC endorsement. Where are the likely QSOs going to come from? Announced DXpeditions: Bouvet Baker Ducie Palau St. Kitts St. Paul DX Contests (actually the before and after weeks): I can’t list anything as the ADXO is about as skimpy as I’ve ever seen it regarding announced contest stations…

How Will This End?

It’s an amazing political circus, watching Trump and Bannon go after each other. Billionaire vs. Billionaire! Media Mogul vs. Media Mogul! Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! It’s amazing, but the more I read about the details of historic events, the more we seem to be headed back to earlier, rough and tumble times. Will we see the duel come back?

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!