DXCC and Ham Radio “Epoch”

Autumn colors are fleeting . . . as is life . . .  It was fun presenting at Pacificon in the Antenna Seminar, and for the first time in more than 10 years of presenting there, I arrived early and stayed for the entire seminar. Its always interesting to see how we all just keep aging – at Pacificon and at Visalia. The presenters…

Autumn in Orinda

Fall colors are only now just starting to show – its at least 1 month later than last year, which after 5 years of drought offered some spectacular colors. Its too early to tell – our peak is at Thanksgiving. There is a scraggly Liquidamber on the side of our house that ends up having some of the most interesting multi colored leaves. The…

Pacificon 2017: Antenna Forum – Friday, October 20

I will be giving my “Lowband DXing Antennas” presentation this Friday at Pacificon’s Antenna Seminar at 3:30. I will cover an overview of quite a few antennas that I have used successfully on the low bands and then segue into the Mod Bob, Palstar BT1500A and u.RAT. from the pacificon 2017 web site . . .  Hope to see you there!

Pacificon 2017

I will be presenting during the Pacificon 2017 Antenna Forum on Friday, October 20, from 3:30 – 4:30, and my topic is “Low Band DXing Antennas”. I will start with a survey of all of the low band antennas that you should consider for DX-ing on the bands 160 – 30M, and I will include transmit as well as special receive antennas. The presentation…

First u.RAT Presentation at EBARC and Making vs. Collecting

Saleae Logic Analyzer- with an Arduino sketch that loops and continually sends the word “Hello” My good friend Mike, KJ4Z and I had a nice chat about DX-ing vs. Making in the Ham Radio hobby. Mike made a comment that is so true – he said DX-ing is all about “collecting” and that over time there is less and less to collect and it…

First Stop on the u.RAT World Tour: EBARC in El Sobrante

I will be giving my first Maker – Ham presentation at the EBARC meeting this Friday: 7:30pm, Friday, August 11th, at the El Sobrante Library on Appian Way This will be my “warm up” for Pacificon, and several Diablo DXers will be on hand    

Who Will Be Featured on the 2017 Cover of QST – October DX Special?

I think of all the awards, this one cover of the legendary QST Magazine will always be my favorite. I was completely surprised and taken aback by it. In fact, it was such a big deal for me personally that I did not even plan on going to Dayton (until I was urged to go only weeks before it took place, and I got…