The original recipe is from Cook’s Illustrated, and is a pretty tasty diversion from the standard buttermilk pancake.  To offset the weight of the ricotta, you fold in extra, whipped whites. Lemon ricotta pancakes (original source Cook’s Illustrated) 1 C all-purpose flour 3/4 t baking soda 3/4 t salt 1Read More →

Janet and I took the Persian Cuisine demo cooking class at the local hippie grocery store last week.  I reproduced two of the recipes: Khoresh-e kadu Halvai-o Alu ba Morgh (Braised butternut squash and chicken stew with prunes and walnuts) and Aash-e-Reshteh (beans, fresh greens and noodle soup). Aash-e-reshteh (beans,Read More →

First, download and install the latest distribution from the WSJT-X project page. The documentation is well-written and useful.  The second release candidate features decoding improvements (a priori decoding) that increases the ability to work with weaker signals.  It seems to work awesomely. Second, verify your system clock is set accurately. Seriously.Read More →

I’ve finished a month of QSOs and thought it’d be fun to look at the results. Early (5pm) in the evening, I can hear activity along the east coast, Mexico, and Cuba(!), but I am unable to get through.  Not surprisingly, most of my contacts have been between 7pm and 10pmRead More →

Setting up WSPR (Weak Signal Propagation Reporting) was done in preparation for playing with the two-way digital communication modes. The set I was initially aiming for is JT9/JT65, named after Joe Taylor, for very short messages that can be received far away, in noisy conditions. What makes this work are:Read More →

Since earning my amateur radio license nearly two years ago, I have operated on VHF and UHF a modest amount, mostly participating in weekly Radio ‘Nets, CERT (aka “passing out brochures for emergency planning”), a day of Cascadia Rising and some experiments with packet radio. With the approaching of ARRL’s FieldRead More →