Sunspot Number, Recent Events, and a Classic American Song

Holy Cow! Get a load of this:

I hadn’t looked at any information on current “space weather” for some time now. So imagine my surprise and pleasure at seeing the figures for today: sunspot count (SN): 84, and solar-flux index (SFI): 115!!!!!

It really has been a crappy year, but with Solar Cycle 25 […]

The Twelve

No, I’m not referring to the horror novel by Justin Cronin, nor do I mean the twelve days of Christmas, the twelve disciples, or the Reginald Rose film “Twelve Angry Men.” I’m not talking about the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, Darryl F. Zanuck’s “Twelve O’Clock High,” Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” or Robert Aldrich’s “Dirty Dozen.” […]

Boredom, Vapor Lock, and JO2

Have you ever been bored out of your mind even when you had plenty of things to do and little time to do them? The child’s whine, “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do!” has never been my problem. My whine has always been, “Damn-it-to-hell-and-back, there’s too much to do!” It’s a much bigger problem […]

Still Not Heaven, but Not Hell, Either

Back in 2014, when I was living in Medford, Oregon, I visited Portland and wrote a post about sources for electronic components in the “big” city ( Compared to sources down-state where only Radio Shack was living out its last year of brick-and-mortar existence, Portland was awash in parts sources. Alas, six years later, most […]

Santa Baby!

Santa Claus brought me a very nice gift this year. He used his excellent connections with eBay and got me a Rigol DS1102E oscilloscope for Christmas! In my letter to him, I told him of the great reviews I’ve found on it; in particular several videos by Dave Jones of EEVblog and also the […]

LTC6431 Low IMD IF Amp

Vackar VFOs

A Circuit Development Base

Not exactly heaven, but . . .

As I write this I’m upstate in Portland (Oregon). I’ve been here for more than a week, so I’ve had a chance to window shop at some local radio-related suppliers.

For component-level stuff, there’s Fry’s. It’s a chain similar to BestBuy except it caters to both the consumer as well as the professional repair and […]