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Rain, mud, lucky find and more rain

TuesdayThe rain that threatened yesterday arrived in the middle of the night.Woke to wet ground and overcast skies.  After breakfast at a local cafe, Dan K decided to leave a day early for Moab, can't say I blame him.  The off pavement trails around here, being soaking wet, are not rideable!After Dan left, I decided to try and find the lock which had bounced out of my unsecured top case yesterday afternoon on the trail where I did the test ride after Yagi's suspension work.Did I mention things w...
Tags: Colorado, Motorcycles, Moab, Dan, Lo, Milo, Yagi, Uralista, Dan K, RV Trips, Yagi Rides, Dana W, Taco Hut


Ride in the morning, maintenance in the afternoon

Chilly overcast weather today with a threat of rain the whole time we were out riding.Dan K. rode his Ural M70 Solo motorcycle, Rich K. rode his V-Strom 650, Dana W rode his bright red K75 BMW EML Sidecar Rig while Spat and I rode our respective rides from yesterday.  View of Needle Rock with Mt Lamborm enshrouded by rain clouds behind it.  Dana W's lovely EML Rig "No, it's not for sale, I asked" Rich K. led us on a 99% paved route through the area, and though the weather was chilly,...
Tags: Porsche, Motorcycles, Rich, Hotchkiss, Yagi, Dan K, RV Trips, Yagi Rides, yagi Maintenance, Dana W, Needle Rock, Rich K, Strom Rich


T-Dubing in Rabbit Valley, Colorado

Enroute to Hotchkiss, CO for a small gathering of Uralisti that starts next week.I setup up camp at the group parking lot for RVs as my usual spot was occupied as I arrived shortly after 9AM.I would end up, finding a better spot about two miles further north from the group parking lot, and have the place to myself with great 4G coverage since you could see the nearby cell tower. Not bad eh?  I-70 is just on the other side of the hills in the background but you can't hear the noise from  the ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Castle Rock, Yagi, Uralisti, RV Trips, Yagi Rides, Rabbit Valley Colorado, Hotchkiss CO, McInnis Canyon


T-Dubing in the Sand Flats Recreation Area

The Sand Flats Recreation Area, the northern entrance of which is located in the city of Moab, provides the local area with camping sites, slick rock and 4x4 Jeep trails and lots of room for hikes and such.I rode there today to do a recon of the campsites and see as to their functionality for future use in terms of space and 4G cellular signal.BLUF:  I only found one campground in the recreation area with decent signal, specifically Juniper 8.  The other campsites I stopped at were for cars and ...
Tags: Colorado, Motorcycles, Moab, Sunset, Ural, Hotchkiss, Yagi, Manti La Sal National Forest, RV Trips, Rabbit Valley, Yagi Rides, Slick Rock Bike Trail, Castle Valley Overlook, Porcupine Rim


Training on loose sand, experimenting with tire air pressures

Today's primary objective after work was to train/work on riding on loose sand, something that proved quite difficult at times in the last couple of days.  I got to a small stretch leading to the Mill Canyon Trailhead and began trying different air pressure levels. Started off at 13 PSI, not very stable and much use of the "outriggers", my feet dabbing the sand in order to remain upright. Lowered it to 11 PSI on the front and 10 in the rear.  Better handling with some occasional dabbing.  ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Moab, Sunset, Sal, Scarlett, PSI, Yagi, Uralisti, Yagi Rides, La Sal Mountains Imposing Rock


T-Dubing to the Canyonlands National Park

Today was a ride to familiar locations, Shaffer Trail and the sights of Canyonland National Park.  These locations are west of Moab along Utah 313, a nicely paved road with some curvy sections to keep motorcycle riders entertained. Today's sunrise was "OK" For the record, it's almost 12 miles to the Archview RV Campground which is located at the junction of 191 and 313.  From there it's about 24 miles more to Shaffer's Trail so not a long ride.  I would end up filling up Yagi's small tank both...
Tags: Utah, Motorcycles, Moab, Sunrise, Sunset, Shaffer, Canyonlands National Park, Yagi, White Rim Road, RV Trips, Potash Road, Yagi Rides, Shaffer Trail, Musselman Arch, Merrimac OHV Loop


T-Dubing and Glamping in Moab, Days 1 & 2

Sunday, May 12Drove Umarange, the URRV, towing Yagi, the 2006 Yamaha TW200 (T-Dub) 6 hrs to The Utah border, 7 to Willow Springs road....so shortly after 1700 with 1006 departure.  The thought was to use the same spot as the last time I was here but after I wasted two hours trying to find a free spot that had good signal, had ot give it up.I drove 10 miles back north to North Klondike Bluff and found a site with great signal since right across the highway from cell tower.  Had the site all to my...
Tags: Utah, Motorcycles, Moab, Glamping, BLM, Sunset, Yamaha, Ural, Willow Springs, PSI, Canyonlands National Park, Yagi, Merrimac, RV Trips, URRV, Courthouse Rock


More Boondocking - Visiting two other SWAs and Yagi proves some what cargo capable.

A pretty good sunrise today: Today I found myself missing the enormous cargo capacity presented by the sidecar of a Ural rig.I was low on fresh water and some other foodstuff so it was time to head into the somewhat nearby town of Hugo, CO.Using a ratchet strap (which didn't really handle the bumps well) and some bungie cords, I got the water and groceries onto Yagi and we made it home with only some water spilled onto my backside when the jug came loose from the ratchet strap.Yagi did ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Sunrise, Sunset, Scarlett, Swa, Yagi, Yagi Rides, State Wildlife Areas, Lake Kinney SWA, Lake Kinney


Boondocking again at the Hugo SWA (State Wildlife Area)

The day started with one goal and after several factors ended up with me boondocking at the Hugo SWA, one of my favorite boondocking spots. Late sunrise at Oil Well Flats BLM site First I thought I'd find a spot to park near Pikes Peak and take Yagi up America's Mountain.  The search for a spot to leave the RV and trailer proved fruitless and after wasting some time on the southern portion of Rampart Range Road, the weather had moved in and going up the mountain was no longer attractive.Note t...
Tags: America, Motorcycles, Sunrise, Sunset, Woodland Park, Pikes Peak, Swa, Yagi, RV Trips, Rampart Range Road


Riding Yagi on Phantom Canyon Road

Glamping again at the Penrose BLM site.After work, rode over to CO State Highway 67, aka Phantom Canyon Road.  It used to be a railroad route between the town of Florence and Cripple Creek.  Apparently a lot of gold was transported by train back in the day.Nowadays it's a pretty smooth dirt road with two narrow railroad tunnels and one remaining steel bridge (I think it's been restored, looks too good).  Towering, rocky canyon walls  The southern or Lower Tunnel entrance  The nor...
Tags: Motorcycles, Florence, Cripple Creek, Yagi, Steel Bridge, RV Trips, Yagi Rides, Penrose BLM, Phantom Canyon Road, CO State Highway, Lower Tunnel, Upper Tunnel


A Little Bit of Red

I think it was SonjaM, who told me before I acquired Scarlett, my red 2014 Ural Patrol Sidecar Rig, that National Geographic photographers liked to have a dash of red somewhere in their pictures.Over the years, people remarked how well Scarlett's red color showed up in pictures.Yagi, the newest motorcycle in the stable (or harem as Martha calls them) is a mix of black/blue and silver colors, but mostly black.This color scheme makes it really hard for Yagi to be seen clearly in some of my picture...
Tags: Motorcycles, National Geographic, Martha, Scarlett, Yagi, Yagi Misc


Spring Sunsets, a little Glamping and a Hazy Sunrise

Not much to report.Just some sunsets from last week, pics of a short Glamping trip which got cut short due to other issues, and the sunrise that greeted me as I made ready to go back home. April 1:  Mount Evans pre-sunset Mount Evans post-sunset April 03:  Sunset Colors after a Spring Rain April 04:  Denver Skyline April 04, Glamping at the Hugo SWA and a T-Dub Sunset:  Glamping site in the Hugo State Wildlife Area (SWA)  Yagi of the West!  Can you...
Tags: Motorcycles, Sunrise, Sunset, Mount Evans, Swa, Yagi, RV Trips


Three great club newsletters: SARC, PCARS, ERC

Every month (well, almost every month), I send out a column to amateur radio newsletter editors. (To get on the mailing list, click here.) As a result, these newsletter editors put me on their mailing lists, and I get a variety of club newsletters every month. Perhaps the most impressive newsletter that I get is from The Communicator from  Surrey Amateur Radio Communications. The April issue is the “Antenna Building Issue” and has articles on the Yagi-Uda antenna (you did know that Yagi wasn’t...
Tags: Fcc, Radio, Antennas, Clubs, ERC, Portage County, Elmira, Yagi, Amateur Radio Service, Hamvention, Sarc, PCARS, Surrey Amateur Radio Communications, Yagi Uda, ON -RSB- Radio Club ERC, Point Clark Lighthouse


Trying out Yagi on Rocky Trails

Yagi, Japanese for Goat....I named the 2006 Yamaha TW200 thus in the hopes that she'd be as surefooted as a Mountain Goat on the trails I like to explore.Bottom line: She sure is!Drove Umarang, the URRV to the BLM area called Penrose Commons, near Penrose, CO on Sunday March 24.  I parked it at the main parking area which was too full of weekenders for my liking.I proved the advantage of the Pitbull Trailer Restraint System I'd installed previously and Yagi came off the trailer, easy peasy.  I r...
Tags: Motorcycles, BLM, Dawn, Yamaha, ATV, Penrose, Canon City, Yagi, Florence CO, RichardM, Umarang, RV Trips, Penrose CO, Temple Canyon Park, Yagi Rides, Brush Hollow Reservoir SWA


Pitbull Trailer Restraint System for Yagi

In order to transport Yagi, my 2006 Yamaha TW200 Dual Sport, I had either the option of using straps as most riders do.Even spent a day figuring out how to do it safely and by myself.  It does a bit of time and if you aren't careful you can compress the suspension too much and blow fork seals.Then, having seen the Pitbull Trailer Restraint system in use by friends of our in their Sprinter Van; used to secure their two Honda motorcycles with minimum fuss, I went in that direction.More info on the...
Tags: Motorcycles, Honda, Yagi, Yagi Farkle


Operating Notes:

Yogi Berra is purported to have said, “You can observe a lot by just watching.” Well, I Yogi had been an amateur radio operator, he might have said, “You can hear a lot by just listening.” The first and third notes below are examples of this…..Dan Gray line to the rescue A couple of evenings ago, I was banging out CQs on 10115 kHz. The band didn’t seem particularly good, but you never know what might happen, so I continued to hit the CQ key on my keyer. After a while, I got distracted by some...
Tags: Radio, Nets, Cw, Dx, Dan, Yogi Berra, Yogi, Yagi, Operating, Dan Gray, John ON4UN, FCARC


DIY Half-Wave Dipole for VHF (not a Yagi)

A while back, I built a half-wave dipole out of a tape measure that has a 1.4 SWR that's pretty flat across the 2m band. I wanted something better for my handheld that's better than the Nagoya NA-771, and can be mounted to a pack or plate carrier while the radio is in a pouch. Have some slight tweaks if I build another one, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Pics and instructions here: http://www.tothewoods.net/Comms-how-...dipole-vhf.php I built another with a wire for the ground e...
Tags: Weapon, Communications, Nagoya, MTF, Yagi


Paraphrasing Thoreau

I read Henry David Thoreau's book "Walden" a summer go and the book resonated with me in many ways. The below quotes, modified to fit my own message in Italics, hope to convey why I'm trying to throttle things down in terms of blogging and social media. Thoreau: “As for Clothing, to come at once to the practical part of the question, perhaps we are led oftener by the love of novelty, and a regard for the opinions of men, in procuring it, than by a true utility.” “As for the choice of ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Misc, Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Ural, Thoreau, Yagi


In the last few days....

Over the last few days, I've been puttering in the garage as the weather is quite cold.Rides have been short but did manage to get a ride in for each motorcycle in the garage:  Fiona and Mount Evans Brigitta at the Westlands Park entrance  Yagi at Sunset Speaking of Yagi, I'd noticed the battery she came with didn't seem to hold a charge for long.  The records I got from the previous owner showed it was less than 3 years old too.  Some reading online at the TW200 forum showed th...
Tags: Motorcycles, Fiona, Yagi, Rides - Brigitta, Westlands Park, Fiona Rides, Yagi Rides, Yagi Farkle, Mount Evans Brigitta


2019 No Nonsense General Class Study Guide: Antennas and Feed Lines, part II

Directional antennas To make their signals more effective, some amateurs use directional antennas. Directional antennas, such as Yagis and quads, direct most of the power output in a particular direction, making the signal seem more powerful. They are also more sensitive to receiving signals from a particular direction. This feature makes them useful for reducing interference. All you have to do is turn the antenna away from the source of interference. QUESTION: Which HF antenna would be the be...
Tags: Radio, Antennas, NVIS, Yagi, Classes/Testing/Licensing, Books and Magazines, Study Guides


Yagi's first sunset with me and another update on Scarlett

Yesterday evening, I rode Yagi the 2006 Yamaha TW200 Dual Sport over to my usual Sunset picture spot.The clouds cooperated somewhat, Yagi does silhouette nicely doesn't she? This evening, Yagi and I rode out again for the sunset but it was not to be....clouds rolled in and completely blocked the sun. What to do, what to do? Instead,  I spent perhaps 30 minutes riding in the dirt trails in the vacant lot next to the sunset picturing spot.  Not a large area but several trails full of r...
Tags: Motorcycles, Scarlett, Beemer, Yagi, Scarlett Repairs, Yagi Rides


Introducing: Yagi, the 2006 Yamaha TW200 and a Scarlett Update

Yagi: Japanese for Goat.The Yamaha TW200 Dual Sport Motorcycles have apparently garnered a reputation for go-anywhere little motorcycles, not very fast (in fact I think a Ural is faster if you can believe that!), good reliability and easy to service. So the name Yagi pretty much came to mind after some debate.I'm thinking Yagi will allow me to continue riding those back trails and forest roads I so like to explore and perhaps even summit some of the mountain passes that have defeated my Urals...
Tags: Motorcycles, Yamaha, Scarlett, Yagi, Loveland CO, Scarlett Repairs, Yagi Rides


‘Top Chef’ alum serves up Japanese fried chicken, American style

“Top Chef” alum Kuniko Yagi’s newly opened Pikunico in Downtown Los Angeles specializes in Japanese fried chicken, or karaage. But this traditional fry gets a twist. Chef Kuniko Yagi. (Courtesy of Pikunico) Punico is now open in the mixed-use ROW complex in Downtown L.A. (Photo by Kristen Hastings) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds The airy interior of Pikunico incorporates light woods and greenery. (Photo by Kristen Hastings) Pikunico’s golden chicken sandwich. (Pho...
Tags: South Korea, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Michelin, Anthony Bourdain, Downtown Los Angeles, James Beard, Kuniko, Yagi, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories WDN


My first go at 3D printing not quite a success

Previously, I blogged about 3D-printing parts for amateur radio applications. Well, last night, I wandered down to our local makerspace and, with the help of Craig and Laria, had a go at making tape-measure Yagi element holders. These parts are supposed to sit on a 1-in. PCV pipe and hold the pieces of tape measure that form the elements of the Yagi. I wasn’t entirely successful. As shown below, the part sits nicely on the PVC tube. The tape measure does not, however, snap into the holder like...
Tags: Radio, Antennas, Craig, Yagi, Building/Homebrew, Laria


2018 No Nonsense Tech Study Guide – Antennas and feed lines

Antenna types and antenna polarization The most common, and perhaps the simplest, antenna is the half-wave dipole antenna. As the name suggests, it measures close to one half wavelength from one end of the antenna to the other. Because half-wave dipole antennas can be quite long—a 40m half-wave dipole antenna, for example, is about 66 feet long—they are normally mounted horizontally between two vertical supports. QUESTION: Which of the following describes a simple dipole oriented parallel to th...
Tags: Earth, Radio, Kansas, Don, Yagi, Classes/Testing/Licensing, Books and Magazines


The modern civilian equivalent of a PRC-77?

I passed my Technician and General Amateur Radio exams last weekend, so now I am shopping for my first gear. I want to start out with a simple man-portable walkabout/bicycle-friendly kit for urban or woodland recon, bugout/bugin, and get home. (Later, as I become more proficient, I will explore mobile and base.) Similar in use concept to the way the Army used old PRC-77's back in the day, but smaller, lighter, and with 21st Century features and capabilities. As much as is practical for a handhe...
Tags: Budget, Fcc, Army, Weapon, CVC, Communications, PRC, Yagi, General Amateur Radio


Make a 2.4 GHz Yagi with paper clips and popsicle sticks

Yesterday, a Tweet appeared in my feed, directing me to a Sparkfun blog post describing how to use popsicle sticks and paper clips to make a 2.4 GHz WiFi Yagi antenna. I love this project so much that I thought I’d give it some publicity here. As you can see, it’s really more than a Yagi antenna, though. It’s more like a 2.4 GHz field strength meter. The board on the antenna beam is a SparkFun ESP8266 Thing, which includes an Arduino-compatible microcontroller and a WiFi interface. The microco...
Tags: Radio, Arduino, Antennas, Microwave, PCB, Yagi


Operating Notes: 20m on Sunday afternoon, new key, shack reorg

Yesterday afternoon, I was tuning around on 30m, but the band sounded dead. For some reason, I decided to give 20 m a try. I don’t know what possessed me to do that, because a) If 30 m is dead, 20 m will be, too; b) I’m not a big fan of 20m. Nevertheless, one of the first signals I heard on 20m was CT1BQH calling CQ DX on 14044 kHz. He had a reasonably strong signal, so I figured that I had a good chance of working him. Sure enough, he replied to my call and gave me a 559. It turns out he has a ...
Tags: Florida, Radio, Cw, Mike, Yagi, Operating, 20m, Begali, Mike K8XF, Dayton Shack


Some Solo Exploration Beyond Mt. Atago

Note: this article may not appear properly in news readers.This article contains interactive aspects that are likely removed by most news readers. Please see this particular article directly on Jeffrey's blog for full functionality. Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/250 sec, f /5.6, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos Different From Usual Kyoto Arashiyama's Togetsukyo bridge from an uncommon vantage point 嵐山の渡月橋 After a wonderful ride with friends beyond Kyot...
Tags: Photography, Japan, General, ISO, Cycling, Panasonic, Kyoto, Temples And Shrines, JEFFREY, Yagi


TIMELESSNESS - Bellwoods (2016)

In case you are looking for a way to slow things down, despite the fact that it’s mid-weekend, I’ve got some super smooth beat for you. Yagi is a Japanese beat-maker and today’s highlight – “Timelessness” is a… (in post Yagi – Timelessness from Stereofox. More by this artist at )
Tags: Music, Yagi