Mask Notes, ShopTalk on Workflow, and a Meissner

I’m trying to write shorter – more useful – columns.  Because as Elaine’s mobility has “wound-down” prior to hip surgery, I’m been spending less time “in the chair” than usual.  And more time playing lead in the local production of the “Odd Couple”.  (Planned for release as “The Bunny and the Geek.”) Masks Work Better than Thought You should have figured by now that my son, George II, is heading up an Incident Management team …

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Trumps Kicks the Can

Signs a Lame “Relief” Bill President Trump last night did the unexpected:  he signed the new CV-19/budget and relief bill which – while doing little for CV-19 – manages to be a goldmine for foreign aid and special interests along with keeping government open through September. This is the $600 check version.  The House is due to take up the $2-grand version today.  But don’t hold your breath – it’s mostly show and little to …

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Ham Radio Super Antenna – Plans, Build, Results

A Convenience Store Based Antenna Ham radio operators world-wide would love an antenna that is cheap, easily built out of locally available parts – and outperforms both standard dipole antennas and other commonly-built wires.  Well, here it is…. After almost a year of modeling our ideas for a “Super Antenna” the design was locked.  It was built and put on the air during the CQ Worldwide contest last week. It was a pile-up buster. (To non …

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SATR: The Science of Buying, Creative Magic

SATR simply means:  “Sunday Around the Ranch” where we cover a  hugely and bigly of stuff going on in our lives.  I have almost a dozen items on the list this morning including the art of buying things, LookingOutsidethOftheBox has before and after pix of his “cardboard bar” which is nearing completion.  Plus the gobs of stuff here that make for an “interesting existence.” Ure’s “Science of Shopping” Since we talked about “Investing in Happiness” …

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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 you…. Four topics this morning:  Best first ham radio stations, how to bug-out program a 2-meter rig, one of our “Lost Industrial Arts” discussions of tool sharpening, and last but now least …

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Ham Radio Prepping: Quest for the Extra Decibel

I have made an AMAZING discovery.  But, unless you’re an electronics engineer, with an emphasis on RF design, this would be gibberish without first attending “Antenna School.”  So let’s do that.(..beats watching riots.) If you’re new to ham radio, I will lay this out as directly as possible – in order – because the name of the game in ham radio is?  Making every watt  count.  Two of three times?  Well, we can do that …

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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 help on that part… What is a Super-Antenna A Super-Antenna is something anyone can make and easily deploy, costs less than $200-bucks, and has amazing performance. Super-Antenna I, which I put up …

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