Well, here we are at the
mid-point of the year. Looking back, this first half has been anything
but normal. Here’s a look at some of the events of this past month that
caught my attention.
Mike Gilbert advised me that KEYG-AM has suffered major structural
damage to its tower. Unfortunately, in light of the state of AM Radio,
they have determined that this will be the end of KEYG. For those of you
not familiar with this station, its licensed to Grand Coulee, WA and
has been operating on 1490 since 1980. Their other station in the
market, KEYG-FM will continue with programming coming from their KCSY
studio in Wenatchee. Therefore, scratch another AM off the list.
Crego Hill (Southwest of Chehalis) is the home of several towers and
broadcast operations. If you recall, I wrote about this site recently,
citing it’s history as an old Air Force Radar Site. It’s a very unique
structure. A self-supporting tower with a guyed tower on top. The time
had come to replace the guy wires. That work was accomplished by Joe
Harrington and crew on May 5th and 6th. This tower supports KCKA (TV) as
well as KSWS operated by NWPB.
Steve Newsom reported that Jim Belsvig has joined KBTC in Tacoma as
Assistant Chief Engineer. Previously Jim had been with KCPQ-TV in
Here’s a trivia question for you –
What was the nickname for the engineers who created IBM’s first PC?
Answer – Dirty Dozen
The back story: IBM chose 12 of their best and brightest to create
their first PC (personal computer) in 1980. The 12 engineers (dubbed the
“Dirty Dozen”) worked on the project for two years, revolutionizing the
PC with a smaller, less expensive, and easier-to-use model. The device
was simply called the “IBM PC,” with an initial price point of $1,565.
Despite a term that is someone misleading if not inaccurate...the term
‘Digital AM’ appears to have stuck. This past month another AM has
announced they will be making the switch…WFAS (Near NYC) will become
‘Digital AM 1220 HD: New Talk for New York’. They’ve set the date
of May 24th to make the flip.
This is what they are telling those that may wish to know –
“Broadcasting in digital will eliminate annoying static and
interference, improve the sound quality to equal FM radio and streaming,
and extend the range for clear reception.”
What is perhaps notable about this change is the fact that the station
is owned by one of the biggest companies in Radio – Cumulus.
For those who have been hoping that we would be able to hear an HD only
AM here in the PNW, you may not have to wait too long, as KXPD has
advised the FCC this is what they want to do.
The station is licensed to Tigard, OR, a suburb of Portland. It operates
with 2.2 kW Day and 200 watts at night, Non-Directional on 1040.
According to the FCC’s records, the station does not have an FM
Translator. I state this because smaller AM’s may well be operating an
FM Translator that has decent coverage that listeners can, or perhaps
have already, migrated to.
The Big Shoe to fall will be when a 50,000 Watt AM jumps into this arena. Time will tell.
Speaking of which – Andy Skotdal emailed me recently on this topic. As
you may know, he is involved with KRKO and KKXA in Everett and has some
unique experiences in this area. Here’s what he wrote:
The last time I spoke with Joe D’Angelo was six months ago and the
in car digital penetration in Seattle was still about the same as a
couple years ago ~22%. Most big markets are similar. And, still no
portable AM digital radios, and there may never be portable AM digital
So, with that as a backdrop, I’m very grateful to those who are
starting to make the all-digital lift. Taking under performing signals
and making one of them an all digital music format will be the only way
to improve in-dash penetration over time.
I’d prefer to be running MA-1 again for now, and if we can see
receiver penetration increase to 40+% then with the stream and the
translators (even though they aren’t great), I could see us going to
MA-3. Alternately, we talk about going to one format, and then
simulcasting AMs with a waiver, if needed, one in MA-3, the other
analog, and trying to push everyone to the MA-3 until we can transition
the other signal.
It may be too little, too late. We won’t know for many more years.
Has it really been 50 years? I received this from Joey Cohn, GM at KNKX on May 3rd:
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the very first National Public
Radio broadcast. All Things Considered debuted on Monday, May 3, 1971.
Among other things, the fledgling news program covered Vietnam War
protests that were happening in Washington D.C. that same day.
With the reopening of the economy, we are seeing a lot of interest in
deal making. For instance, in the world of Broadcasting – Gray
Television announced a $2.7 billion deal to buy 17 stations in 12
markets from Meredith. Yeah – 2.7 with a ‘B’. Not small change.
Understand that two stations in PDX will be involved – KPTV and KPDX.
The local housing market is an example of this pent-up demand. According
to Zillow the value of my house has increased by 70K in the past 60
days. A house down the street from me sold in a matter of days from
being listed for 70K more than the listing price. I found it interesting
in chatting with them recently. They told me (with a roll of the eyes)
they moved to Auburn – from – Seattle.
There have been a lot of rumors flying about regarding the impact of the
Pandemic and/or Social issues on Seattle. Some have people running for
the exits, while others paint a different picture. Gene Balk, writing in
the Seattle Times, dug into the matter. Here are some of his findings:
> New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that between July
1, 2019 and July 1, 2020, Seattle’s population increased by about
16,400, hitting a total of 769,700. That pencils out to a growth rate of
2.2% last year.
> And that means that among the 50 biggest U.S. cities, Seattle is No. 1 for growth in 2020.
> Last year’s 2.2% actually beat out the rate of growth between 2018 and 2019, which was 1.4%.
> Only one place in Washington, among those with at least
60,000 people, grew faster than Seattle last year. Kirkland had a 2.6%
growth rate in 2020, and its population is now 95,400.
> The Census Bureau data doesn’t include any of the
components of population change. In other words, we can’t see how much
of Seattle’s growth was due to in-migration vs. out-migration, and we
don’t know how many moved to the city from within Washington, from other
states, or from other countries. The data also doesn’t show “natural
growth” numbers — births vs. deaths.
One thing that’s impacting all of us is the shortage of housing and the
cost of building materials. Helping fuel some of this is the fact that
the Pandemic caused a number of lumber mills to close. The result is
that the price of wood building materials have skyrocketed. I heard a
story recently of a party that had agreed to a purchase price for a new
home, who was told by the builder that he would need an additional
$100,000 to build it! Here’s an interesting piece from the Wall Street
Journal that explains a lot of this -
The Housing Market Is Crazier Than It’s Been Since 2006 - WSJ
Meanwhile, Zillow reports that over half of the homes sold in Seattle recently sold for over their asking price.
Here’s another one from one of those sites. This one from
GOBankingRates. The question was ‘How much to you have to earn to be in
the top 5% in each state? Those in the top 5% are considered to be
‘rich’. In Washington State you would have to earn $457,171 per year.
Consider the fact that the ‘average’ income for the entire state is
$105,775, you would need over a four times the income. I wonder if
anyone in broadcasting in this area makes over $450,000?
In the event you think the Seattle area is an expensive place to
live…you are right. According to a recent survey this is the sixth most
expensive place to live in the U.S. Housing prices are now, reportedly,
113% higher than the national average. Makes you wonder when a person is
offered a job here if they do check out these costs and adjust their
salary demands accordingly.
If you are wondering where those who are leaving this area are going, checkout:
Where people in Seattle are moving to most | Stacker
Here are some interesting facts associated with area names:
What former great retailers, past and present, have their products
carrying the name of local communities, both starting with the letter
Answer - Sears with Kenmore and Costco with Kirkland.
What former automobile maker shared the name with the King County community that used to be called Slaughter?
Answer - Auburn.
And, if you did not get either of these, an easy one:
What is the name of the best selling mid-sized pickup truck that shares it’s name with the 3rd largest city in Washington State?
Answer - Toyota Tacoma
In the event you are thinking the Toyota Pickup truck was named after
the Puget Sound area city, well, perhaps not, considering there are a
number of places named Tacoma. In addition to the Tacoma in Washington
(the biggest one of the bunch), there are Tacomas in Virginia, Ohio, New
York, Maine, Florida and Colorado, and even one in Bolivia (South
The only other Tacoma I’ve been in, is in Colorado. It’s located North
of Durango in the beautiful Animas Valley, at an elevation of 7,296 feet
near Electra Lake. The whole area from Ouray to Durango is incredible.
It should be a ‘must’ on your bucket list! And it’s only a short
19 hour drive from Seattle 😊
We have a new Chief in town. Josh Harstad is the new Chief at Bonneville
Radio’s KIRO AM & FM and KTTH. Here’s a picture I shot of him in
front of the KIRO-FM Transmitter at West Tiger Mt.
On the Covid Front there is a lot of news.
> The BAD NEWS - On May 26, it was reported that we have had over
432,000 Coronavirus cases in Washington State, so far.
> The GOOD NEWS – Just over 41% of our residents are fully vaccinated.
> The BAD NEWS – We need to get to at least 70%.
Most of it good, as it appears the Vaccines are doing what they are
supposed to do with the pandemic in retreat. As a result, the
restrictions are being eliminated and things are edging toward what we
call the ‘new normal’. This is, of course, all conditional. Should the
number of cases and hospitalizations increase, we could find ourselves
The understanding is that 70% of us need to be vaccinated. The problem
with that goal is there remain a number of people (including my
next-door neighbor) that will not get their shots. It was announced on
May 24th that 40.75% of Washingtonians have been fully vaccinated…and we
are not there yet. The question is how to deal with those that are
against getting their shots. Unfortunately, what should be a clear –
medical message –
has been clouded by the political aspects of this pandemic. I guess I
would never let a politician replace my Doctor…but…it’s happening!
According to a recent survey, 80% of those who say they won’t get
vaccinated also say that there is nothing that can change their minds.
So how do we get 30% more to get their shots? Apparently the old ‘Dangle
the Carrot’ is being tried.
As I predicted in this column many months ago, we may reach the point
where there will need to be incentives for those who are on the
‘vaccination fence’. To get there, we are hearing a variety of
techniques being employed.
> Oregon has a $1 million drawing as an incentive for those residents
over 18, in addition to 36 $10,000 prizes, with a winner in each
county. Those ages 12-17 will have a chance to win one of five $100,000
Oregon College Savings Plan scholarships.
> New York is giving a lottery scratch ticket.
> Maryland has announced an incentive lottery too.
> New Jersey has a lower cost incentive. Those who get vaccinated will get a free beer.
> Ohio is using a $1,000,000 lottery.
> And the list goes on.
The question is – do these incentives work? The answer appears to be
yes. In Ohio, their lottery, cleverly called ‘Vax-a-Million’ has,
reportedly, resulted in a 28% increase in vaccinations. Time will tell
if this method works. In addition to state governments offering
incentives, many employers are doing it too. Perhaps I should ask my
anti-vax neighbor how much money would it take for them to change their
Another way to get the percentages up – vaccinate younger people. That’s
happening too. U-Dub and WSU have announced that if you want to attend,
you need your shots.
In the meantime, the Mask Rules are changing rapidly. On the 24th of the
month, I visited a Costco and a Fred Meyer store. Everyone was still
wearing them. Many are saying that until we reach that 70% mark, wearing
masks inside and in public spaces is required.
As pointed out, we had very little flu this past winter. The reason
cited was the precautions taken by people to avoid the Coronavirus also
worked very well in keeping them from catching that ‘bug’. It’s been
suggested that, come flu season, not only should you obtain a
vaccination, but consider social distancing, washing your hands,
and...wearing a mask.
On the personal side – One aspect of this Pandemic that has really got
to me is the politicization. I fully understand there have always been
some that object to getting vaccinations of any kind for any number of
reasons. In the case of the vaccinations for COVID-19, I would expect
some of the legacy reasons for not getting vaccinated to prevail.
However, we now have a relatively new element injected into the mix –
Politics. Recent surveys have concluded that those who are ‘Antivaxers’
(Perhaps a new word for the dictionaries?) also align themselves with a
particular political party. On Page 81 of Scientific American there is a
piece written by Naomi Oreskes titled ‘Do Republicans Mistrust
Science’. Her piece is not a typical letter to the editor. She is a
Professor at Harvard and author of a book titled ‘Why Trust Science’.
Allow me to quote her last paragraph entirely.
Everyone deserves accurate information to be presented in an
apolitical way and to be addressed with respect and not condescension.
But the reality is that most of the science that matters most comes from
government or from scientists funded by the government. Until
Republican leaders stop telling voters not to trust the government, many
of them won’t trust science.
A good piece, I encourage you to read it.
In some other countries, things are much worse. The big question, with
Broadcasting related issues, will there be Olympic Games in Tokyo this
year? A lot of advertising revenue is hanging in the balance.
Did you ever dream that the little On-Line book seller with the funky
name (Amazon) would have grown into what it is today? Did you ever dream
Amazon would purchase MGM for 8.45 Billion to become even a bigger
player in producing TV programming? This list goes on.
I recently received word that long-time broadcast engineer Dave Hebert
passed on June 17th. I got to know Dave back in, about, 1970, when he
was chief at KXRO in Aberdeen. (I was at KMO at the time) Dave moved on
to Tri-Cities where he worked at (if I recall correctly) KONA and
perhaps other stations in that area. I understand that, in recent years,
he was in poor health. Dave was also a ham with the call sign WA7YKV.
Looking up his call in QRZ I found:
> Originally licensed as WN7YKV in February, 1974, while living in
Aberdeen, Washington. In July, 1974, upgraded to Advanced Class. Moved
to Tri-Cities, Washington, in February, 1976. Upgraded to Amateur Extra
Class in March, 1979.
> Past president of the Grays Harbor Amateur Radio Club, and the Tri-Cities Amateur Radio Club.
> Taught classes in Amateur Radio theory at Columbia Basin Jr. College from 1977 to 1978.
> Life member of the ARRL since 1979. Member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers since 1976.
> Became involved in Broadcast Engineering in 1966. In 1997 moved to
Dallas, Texas, to work in AM transmitter test at Continental
> Married Judy Turner in 1989, who's callsign is now N7PGJ.
Thanks to Michael Gilbert for passing on the information.
We all know about ‘Climate Change’. A recent story ran about how the
National Weather Service has reviewed the last 10 years in our area and
has concluded that our climate has indeed changed in a couple of ways.
1 - It’s getting Warmer
2 - It’s getting Wetter.
In local Translator News:
> 92.1 in Tacoma that used to be affiliated with the long/dark 1480
AM in Lakewood is now running the same programming as KMIA/1210 in
Auburn. Check out (20+) Radio Amor | Facebook.
In what might be termed a unique-twist:
> The 102.1 Translator (antenna located on the KMIA AM Tower in Auburn) is back on the air re-broadcasting KOMO-FM 97.7.
OK – I fall for it all the time – if for no other reason that I want to
know what others think of the area that I call home. In this case, the
The Most Beautiful Places in All 50 States
The picture was taken from one of my favorite locations – Chinook Pass
looking over Tipsoo Lake at Mt. Rainier. They went on to recommend the
hike around Natches Peak. Boy it did score points with me on this one.
This is a hike I’ve taken many times over the years. Let me add some
Park your vehicle along SR-410 on the west side of the pass. Your hike
will begin along the side of the lake and over the log bridge at the
summit of the pass. (You want to be sure and go this way). The Trail
will take you around Natches Peak in a ‘clockwise’ direction. As you get
to the south side of the peak, suddenly you are looking straight at Mt.
Rainier for the rest of the way. To your left, looking south, you will
be able to see Dewey Lake along the PCT. At the high point, to your
right, is a wonderful little tarn that makes a perfect place to break
out that picnic lunch. The trail continues around the peak to SR-410 to
your car. This is a perfect place to bring friends from out of state
that have never been to the PNW. They will be hooked!
You may wish to do this on a weekday, as the place is very populated on weekends. Be sure to put this one on your bucket list.
Here are some links with additional pictures:
Naches Peak Loop Trail - Washington | AllTrails
Naches Peak Loop — Washington Trails Association (wta.org)
Obviously you want to visit the Chinook Pass during daylight hours.
However, coming up on August 11th is a significant reason to visit the
Pass after dark to view the Perseid meteor showers. (Yes, I’ve done this
You want to arrange to get there just before dark so you can see to pick
out your viewing location. It will likely be warm, however a jacket is
recommended along with a thermos of your favorite keep-warm liquid. A
late picnic dinner works too. You will want to bring along an old
fashioned lawn-chair (The kind you can almost lay down in) or perhaps a
cot. I’ve usually found a nice place on the North side of the Log
Bridge, on the hill above Tipsoo Lake. Bring some friends as they will
enjoy it too. Children over 10 or 12 will remember it for sure.
Lay back just as it really gets dark and enjoy the show. You will likely
be able to see over 50 meteors an hour. You will also be able to spot
what appears to be a steady stream of satellites in polar orbit scooting
across the shy. The Milky Way will be clearly visible as it rotates
overhead. The Moon is projected to be at about 13% so it should not be
an issue, perhaps providing just enough light to illuminate Mt. Rainier.
In years past, I’ve been amazed by the number of people who travel to
this wonderful location from Seattle and Yakima for the same reasons. If
you go, do let me know how you enjoyed it.
The world has been waiting to see who, or what, was going to occupy the
time slot once occupied by Rush Limbaugh (9 a.m. to noon in Seattle).
The answer came down the last week in May, with Premiere Networks
announcing that Rush, and those who have been filling in since his
passing, would be replaced with, not one, but two hosts, Clay Travis and
Buck Sexton. Apparently, the local outlet for Rush, 770AM/KTTH, elected
to go a different route, putting Dan Bongino in that time slot. It will
be interesting to see how this works out and who might pick up Clay and
Buck in this area.
I find this interesting because Mr. Travis and I share the name ‘Clay’…not the most common name out there.
Acronyms are always interesting. Government’s love them, and so do engineers!
Jerry Olson in Spokane recently joked about TLA’s (Three-Letter
Acronyms) submitting there was a shortage of letters so we were moving
to ETLA’s (Enhanced Three Letter Acronyms) . I recently used one of my
favorites – SPOF (Single Point of Failures). From that came the
suggestion there should be MPOF’s (Multiple Points of
A recent thread on a national remailer popular with Radio Broadcast
Engineers drifted to how our telephone system was not as reliable as it
used to be. One of the lists frequent contributors contributed the
One ringy-dingy, two ringy-dingy, three...TELCO was once required to provide 911 service and to this end the "telephone" needed to be immune from power outages. It isn't anymore. No power, no phone.
The old phone company--yeah there were pros and cons. The
downsides were the stuff of jokes. I remember an episode of Get Smart
when Max Smart confronted a Kaos agent who had just cut a phone cord,
"You have a much bigger problem now than Control; now you have to deal with AT&T."
I remember being at a party around 1992 and an AT&T
executive was there and the conversation turned into the DoJ breakup of
the Bell System. I remember him saying, "Yes it was a monopoly, but it
was a benevolent monopoly." We'll never know how we'd be communicating today had the Carter Administration left Ma Bell alone 40 years ago, but back then I never heard anyone complain about telephone cost or service. I came to regard Bell Tel Co as a sort of national communications utility, similar to the way I see McDonald's as the U.S. Dept. of Hamburgers.
The Bell System operating units, AT&T, Western Electric and Bell Labs, all produced a telephone system that was second to none. I remember being in S. Korea in the 1970s and trying to place in-country phone calls. It would take hours. Here, you could direct dial from N.Y. to Hawaii. The reason for the reliability was that the phone company owned everything right up to the handset at your head. Everything was made to be bomb proof, literally in the case of the concrete microwave relay towers, which had walls two feet thick. The breakup ended Bell Labs eventually, which was a Nobel Prize factory, and Western Electric, which manufactured some of the best audio gear in the last century.
PICTURE TIME !!!!! Once again, the Earth's wobble means that Dwight
Small is able to enjoy sunsets at the west end of his ‘backyard’. The
poor guy, for the past few years, has been subjected to clear air, no
traffic jams, riots, and a view like this. 😊
Suddenly we have job openings in Radio.
OPB is hiring two positions for our Bend shop – a Chief Engineer and a Maintenance Engineer.
For those of you who know Max Culbertson, our current Chief, he’s
announced that he’s ready to retire by next summer. We are hiring his
successor now to give plenty of time for knowledge transfer about the 34
sites he maintains in Central and Eastern Oregon.
The Engineer position will report to the Chief and will help round out
that team. As I’m sure many of you are aware, there aren’t a ton of
Broadcast Engineers out there, so we are considering candidates with
experience in fields that have parallel technologies. If you know
someone who enjoys working on mountaintops and has done microwave,
two-way, cell, radar, or military weapons systems, please encourage them
You can read more about both jobs at the link below.
Jonathan Newsome | Director of Engineering
Please note updated address:
OPB | 7140 S Macadam Avenue | Portland, OR 97219 | (503) 293-1952
Meanwhile, John McDaniel has announced that he is going to retire around
the first of September. This creates a job opening with WSU’s NWPB
which I have worked with for the past 11 years. The job will be based in
Tri-Cities. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, give
me a call or shoot me an email. The job opening will be officially
I guess it’s official - NAB has announced that registration is open for
the Oct. 9 to 13th show in Las Vegas. This is even hard to write after
all these years writing about the ‘Spring Show’.
The FCC recently put out a notice with this headline:
FCC DEMANDS TWO MORE COMPANIES IMMEDIATELY STOP FACILITATING ILLEGAL ROBOCALL CAMPAIGNS
You can read it yourself here. DOC-372543A1.pdf (fcc.gov)
Frankly, I have a wait and see attitude about this. For some reason I
wonder if this is all bluster and no action, similar to the FCC’s
efforts to stop Pirate Radio?
Nielsen reports that 10% of radio audiences use digital streaming to
listen, double the rate that did so a year ago. "Share of Ear" data
indicates that streaming audiences account for 13% of radio listeners
between 18 and 34 and 11% of those between 35 and 64.
Looking at the latest Radio Ratings for Seattle-Tacoma:
> KISW has claimed the #1 spot
> KIRO-FM is right behind at #2
> For reasons that are hard to explain, little KEXP is holding on to the #3 position.
> News Talk, KUOW is #4
Just for fun – I decided to look at how Seattle and Portland might
differ in terms of ratings and format. Here’s a table, looking at the
top 15 stations, that does a comparison. I used the top 15 ranked
stations in Seattle and compared the rank of the same listed format to
Can you draw conclusions from this? Perhaps….Maybe not.
Certainly there are many stations rated below #15. Likely every format
can be heard in both cities. It’s just that some of them are more
popular in one place than the other.
One more thing – the population, according to Nielsen, for those over six looks like this:
Seattle Tacoma (Market #12) - 4,042,000
Portland (Market # 22) - 2,428,000
More on how various magazines rate things in our State –
Woman’s Day ranked the most beautiful small town in every
state. For Washington, Friday Harbor got #1 here. Interesting choice
considering you have to take a ferry to get there.
Town & Country rated the 60 most scenic drives in America. Here we claimed two of the 60.
> The first one is the 440 mile “Cascade-Loop”. From Everett you
would go north on I-5, east on SR20, then south to Wenatchee and west on
US-2 (of course you can travel the loop in the other direction).
> The second is the 330 Mile ‘Olympic Peninsula Loop’. Good Starting Point would be Olympia following US-101
As the economy shakes off the pandemic, we will be seeing more
deal-making in Radio. Certainly not as large as recent TV deals,
however. Here in our state, a deal was recently announced that will see
the sale of two stations and a translator in Spokane. In this case,
104.5/KHNK and 1300/KYOZ and its translator on 95.7 are going to the
owners of stations in Walla Walla. $395,000 was the announced price.
Since 2010 I have been driving a Barcelona Red Toyota Tacoma Pickup.
Nick Winter and I both purchased 2018 models. Later the Chief Engineer
at Bonneville Seattle got one. Recently the ‘club’ was enlarged once
again with Jeff White joining in. What are the odds we’d all be driving
the same make and color vehicle? If you don’t know what Barcelona Red
looks like, here’s a picture of my ‘Taco’:
During our weekly WSU/NWPB Engineering Zoom Meeting I used a word to
describe an upcoming planning trip to a mountain top in Eastern
Washington, where I will be installing a different transmitter. I chose
to use the word – Reconnoiter. I immediately saw a number of funny expressions. Much to my surprise no one on the call knew the word.
In the event this word is new to you too…here is what I could find online:
Reconnoiter is to conduct a military mission to observe
something or someone or to find something out. (intransitive, military)
To perform a reconnaissance (of an area; an enemy position); to scout
with the aim of gaining information. Our scout will reconnoiter the path ahead of our troops. To examine or survey (a region, area, etc.) for engineering, geological, or other purposes.
OTHER WORDS FOR RECONNOITER
The definition of inspect is to carefully look over someone or
something, especially to determine if minimum criteria or standards are
To conduct a statistical survey on.
To test by carefully questioning in order to find out the knowledge,
skill, qualifications, etc. of (a student, witness, job applicant, etc.)
Explore is defined as to search, investigate or travel in.
To seek information about
For a bit of fun….Use Reconnoiter in a memo or email and then hide and watch for a reaction.
Electric Vehicles are certainly becoming increasingly popular. The
changeover is not always a smooth one as the following pictures will
A generator, using fossil fuel, powering an electric vehicle charging station.
This one speaks for itself.
Who do you call when you are out of electrons? AAA perhaps?
That’s about it for this month, my friends. Lord willing, I will be back next month at most of the usual locations.
Until then, get your shots and stay safe.
Do try and be nice to those who refuse to get vaccinated.
Clay, K7CR, CPBE
A SBE Fellow
SBE Member # 714
Since March 1968