Tuesday, January 1, 2013

This & That

Just a few interesting items to share.

Today was the last day for manufacturing the 75 watt light bulb per NBC news. Guess its time to get use to those LED bulbs. Pretty sure the price has come down since they first hit the store selves. As a holiday gift from a passive component company I deal with in my day job, I received two LED lights, great idea and will sure come in handy.

In the December 2012 CQ magazine, Irwin Math's column mentions years ago the tube testers available in drug stores to test your tubes and offered replacements for sale. I remember going with my father to test our tubes and purchase replacements. Thinking back times were sure much simpler, this must have been in the seventy's.

Now we are dealing with a cliff in Washington, what a mess!

CQ is a wonderful amateur radio magazine and every month always has a few good articles.

No big resolutions here, continue to try and lose a few pounds, get in better shape, and avoid stress if possible. Continue to make time for my tread mill and when it warms up walk at the local park.

Walking is great exercise that anyone can do. This past year I did many miles at the park and with the cold weather here I miss it big time.

Spend more "me" time on the radio in general and continue working low power but not always qrp, just enough to make the contact.

Last but not least, heat up the old soldering iron for more kit building fun and small project builds.


  1. Hello Jim,

    Those sound like excellent goals! Looking forward to those longer days myself.

  2. Hi John,
    3 more months of winter.
    Happy New Year!
    Jim - W2KLM