ShopTalk Sunday: Seven Magic Wires (Part 2)

Reader Notes:  Because high frequency ham radio antenna design is maybe not your “thing” it’s a good idea to read the Saturday column (Part 1) to grasp some of the underlying technical angles. There is one general shop tool note at the end of this article.  If you’re not a ham, that may be more useful than extreme ham radio antenna designs! It began with a Cage Dipole.  Years ago, I lived on my 40-foot …

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Actual Mania, Actual Data, and Actual Stupidity

Yes, it’s actually Thursday.  As I rolled out the garbage to the street – a highlight of Thursday’s here – the realization dawned:  The news is mostly garbage, anymore.  Maybe I should toss out one of the workstations? The Mania Checklist Bitcoins – the digital tulips – were back under 40-grand when I looked earlier.  With more than 4,000 crypto’s now, Ethereum is getting the hype because it doesn’t have a hard cap.  Which, as I’ve …

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American Values: The Real Meaning of Labor Day

Since we are getting a “long weekend” seems right to me that we pause for a few minutes and consider  why this is a day off. A speech long-ago, by the late senator and Lyndon Johnson’s VP  Hubert Humphrey summed it up pretty well. It’s worth a listen.  A man from an earlier America – one where all politicians understood that in the end, they owed all their offices to the American Worker. Vice President …

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11-Rules of Ruthless Time Management

“The secret to effective time management is learning to “pre-live” your Life.” Recently, in one of our comment section remarks, a reader asked if I would give a short summary of my personal time management approach because I seem to get so much done. You may not like some of what follows because it’s not how “time management” is said to be done (least-wise by “the experts”).  I am not a time management expert, but I …

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Prepping: Home Appliance School

One of the non-obvious problems of living to a ripe old age (we’re into our 70’s, yeah?) is that you will no doubt begin to outlive most all the crap you have acquired over the years. How to keep up with the rising expenses when things – especially major appliances – begin to break down can be something of a challenge.  While we have a little dough in the bank,. trading account, and no bills …

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