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…

Antique Radio Collectors vs. “Living History Enthusiasts”

I have met quite a few Collins Radio Collectors. The three that I have met purchased their gear – had them restored, and then the gear sat idle for years – up to 10 years in one case. I’ve been greeted by several people who now think because I have the Gold Dust Twins that I am a Collector. I am not – I…

Radio “Living History”

I found one of these locally – with a speaker and fully restored by Howard Mills – THE Collins Expert. This is a receiver I have had at the back of my mind for years. I also have the fondest or early memories of when I first started sending with my Vibroplex Bug in 1973 or so. Frattini J-36 Bug I also ordered an…

The Ghosts of Our Past

We visited the Deschutes Historical Museum in Bend, Oregon today after a wonderful week here Very funny sign! The museum is an an old Elementary school called The Reid School, so the building is as historic as its contents. When I was a kid – I found an old Edison bulb out in a field in a dump that was next to a burned…

Is There a QRP CW Dream Station?

Ten Tec Argonaut V After making 160M DXCC and 9BDXCC, which was 5 years after making DXCC Honor Roll, I have been struggling to figure out what would keep me interested in Ham Radio. The answer could be the one thing I tried to get into when I was inactive from 1977 until 2001, and that is QRP. In the 1980’s I tried getting…