The Hawthorne Effect

It wasn’t terribly long ago that I noticed that the Avondale and the Hawthorne were the same house, with a lone difference: The attic/second floor on the Hawthorne was enlarged, to create livable space. From what I’ve seen out in the world, the Avondale...

CQ, CQ, CQ…Hopewell?

Tonight, for the first time in months, I got on the ham radio, calling CQ on the 40-meter band. My second contact was “Bob.” In a flash, my buddy Milton´╗┐ (sitting with me) looked up Bob’s call sign on his computer, and started laughing hysterically....

It’s Official: I’m Now A Ham!

In the mid-1980s, I saw the movie Testament, starring Jane Alexander and William Devane. The story is set in a fictitious town of Hamlin (near San Francisco), and tells the story of an average American family in a Norman Rockwell town. One moment, the kids are...