$1100 a QSO?

“Dollaradio Station – 100 North Palmetto Avenue, San Francisco –¬†Built about 1926, In order that Captain Robert Dollar could communicate with his steamship line. In 1927, the station received the first word from Admiral Byrd of his establishment of a camp on the Bay of Whales, Antarctica.” – from The Pacifica Historical Society The final nail in my Elecraft K-Line’s Coffin was being 2…

New KY6R Station: Icom IC-7610

Now that I am done with my big 17 years of DXCC awards chasing, I’m ready to settle into a nice cozy shack and antenna farm. Its very respectable, but no amplifiers and no large towers or huge yagi’s. After years with the “Porsche 911 of DX-ing” (the Elecraft K-Line), I’m settling on the Icom IC-7610 – its only been on for a half…

DXing: A Balanced Design

When I design databases or data pipelines at work, there is always that “sweet spot” between over engineering something or making it too “minimalist”. For example, in modern data warehousing (aka “Big Data”), I have noticed young engineers trying to use a key column followed by a JSON Blob in every database table they need. Its a disaster. It seems simple at first –…