Sunday Advance Preps: Ham Gear & Sharpening Tools

While we’re waiting for the market to crater tomorrow…  [May load slow due to length and a zillion graphics]  This may be a bit on the “longish” today, so if you need to pee or get coffee…better do that first.  We’ll wait for...

Goodbye Swamp Cooler? Antenna Modeling Notes

Why is it 4:15 AM and why is Ure running antenna models? The answer is simple:  The end of summer is upon us.  When the weather cools down, things here heat up.  Hot coffee on a cool more, clear head, and a zillion ideas to run down. But first…. Goodbye Swamp...

Sunday AM – Coffee at the Ranch

If you were to drop by for a cup of coffee in real life – you wouldn’t be welcomed.  We’re still “hot zone” mode out here.  If you follow the virus numbers, looks like 18-million will be passed tomorrow.  And 19-million this coming week. ...

Ham Radio Notes: Super-Antenna III

My bad.  I missed Ham Radio Field Day. It was last weekend.  As happens the last weekend in June each year, amateur radio operators (include from our club in town) and my buddy  The Major’s club is up in the Seattle area; he and some buds headed for the hills...

Server Problems ALL Solved!

One of the great lessons of management is knowing when to “hire an expert.” Well, Brian at our hosting provider, EMWD.com is  the Man today.  All of our server-side woes are fixed! “Hi George, I found the problem and fixed it. You had a .htaccess...

Prepping Alert: Time to Update Direct Web Addresses

As everyone is (or should be) aware, there will be more “demonstrations” and “protests” this weekend on the pretext of the George Floyd death.  Unfortunately, subversive and anti-American organizations of all political extremes will likely use...

Radio Prepping: Ham Radio “Super Antenna II”

Ure is a gen-u-ine QRQ Extra Class Ham Radio geek.  QRQ means high speed Morse Code and some of us believe it enables a “direct digital” part of the brain.  Extra Class because there’s no higher certification offered.  And geek?  You don’t need...

Will COVID Kill Social Media?

Reason to ask in an email from someone we know: “Is it just me, or is anyone else starting to take bets on if Facebook will survive this lockdown? I mean yeah, it helped pass the time and all in the beginning… but have you ever been stuck in a confined...

Retail Fails and Trump’s ADHD Micromangement Woes

Although the Trump-haters are out in force – trying to drum up another phony impeachment drive – there and  still several much more important stories in play this morning, so let’s use brain cells instead of our adrenals, shall we? Wuhan Scorecard...

Prepping: Invest in “Give-Away” Comms?

Had an interesting reader note come in:  Basically asked if I could please do an article on communications (for the SHTF scenarios) that would be simple and no “diode this” and “Morse that…”  Yup, guilty as charged.  Why, if I got a...

Prepping: Kill Your Fear in 2020

I don’t know if this is really a “woo-woo” topic, an extension of what will be on  Peoplenomics tomorrow, where we talk about grassroots dispersed manufacturing (as a disruptive technology)… Or, whether it’s another chapter in my book ...

Prepping: SKN – Ham Radio’s Golden Time

No, you don’t need to know Morse Code to be an effective ham radio operator. SKN comes on New Years Eve.  It’s “Straight Key Night.”  We’ll get into that, in a second. First a pitch for learning Morse code.  Light signaling (silently),...

Who is “Corney???” OIG Punked

Hats off to NM Mike for the tip on this:  We just downloaded the official report of the IG from the DoJ Website here and and there is, indeed, a telling misspelling of the former FBI Director’s name. There are 149 instances of it being spelled...