Saturday, November 1, 2014
First snow storm of the winter.
We've had our first snow of the year. Yesterday as the sun went down, the temperature plummeted from the high 50's right down into the 20's. The wind came up, strong. When the snow began, it was very light, and fluffy. The wind was driving it horizontally sometimes, and while it immediately stuck on the ground and in the trees, it took awhile before it began sticking on the paved surfaces. I think at the lower elevations it probably melted pretty quickly, although I didn't venture down the mountain to see.
We are in good shape here. The house is warm, and we have all we need. I slept most of the day because I stayed up most of the night. The snow stopped around eight this morning, but it never got above freezing.
The new C. Crane catalog got here yesterday, and I've been looking through that. I need to do some replacement work on some antennas, and I'm considering electrically tuneable antennas as opposed to wire or whip antennas. I would have to do a lot less repairing and replacing that way.
I might pick up a larger SW set. Most of mine are very small, although they have all the bells and whistles. Still, a nice big set to go in my bedroom would be nice. I listen to SW a good bit late at night, and right now I just have a small, and rather basic Bell and Howell set in the bedroom.
Most of my gear in the main house is up in the study, and I have an easy chair there, so that's where I do most of my listening. I do have a radio room downstairs, with a big old Motorola set, but I don't seem to go down there much anymore.
The apartment has my SSB CB and a nice "travel radio" shortwave, but that's another place I haven't been spending a lot of time in late.
The new Backwoods Home magazine is out. I have only scanned it, but it looks like there are some good articles. Usually they have one or two stories per issue that I am really interested in, and the rest I just read because they are there.