Ted’s essays

taking the CME warning down a notch

Today’s post at SpaceWeather.com makes the coronal mass ejections coming our way over the next couple of days sound far less threatening for those of you not operating satellites or ham radios. Somewhere in their publications or videos this morning I saw the phrase “not the big one”, which sums it up for me. All the things I ought to do before that particular one were just more than I wanted to squeeze into today. That is however a stark reminder that there are quite a few things that should be on my ToDo list, or rather in my case, higher priorities on that list. We’ll see. It is all most important, then again, none of it is. Enjoy the […]

possible CME hit here December 1st

This could be an important event to prepare for. If a massive Coronal Mass Ejection (solar flare) strikes the Earth as is a predicted possibility, electronics could be devastated, along with our entire electrical distribution system. This might be an auspicious time to put some effort into a Faraday Cage or two … and employ them for electronic stuff you value highly. I don’t want to overstate the warning, but I think it prudent to put some time in Friday protecting our electronics and have at least half a plan for a complete grid-down power failure. Hope and Faith are not plans. – Ted – Thank SpaceWeather.com for this warning GEOMAGNETIC STORM WATCH (G3): Three and perhaps four CMEs are heading […]


Thanks to California Carnivores from my old neighborhood, I picked up a variety of insect eating plants. Expecting to enjoy their beauties and appreciate the insect population reduction for one summer, I have been pleasantly surprised to get several years from them. This particular bog that lives next to a south facing window in my studio is far exceeding expectations, surviving, growing and even reproducing well. Another bog garden is in its dormant stage now, but will likely be a fine pitcher plant in our laundry room again next spring. A third did not come back last year and will likely need to be refreshed with new purchases next spring. Sundews (Drosera) If an insect ever evolved the brains […]

Waves – best demonstration I have seen

Waves on bodies of water behave similarly to all other waves in nature. Understanding wave behavior is important to radio antenna designers; which is a role I dabble in, and aspire to improve upon. I am currently teaching a class on amateur radio to a group of future hams. For their edification as well as my own I went looking for the video below. It was hard to find, so I saved and uploaded it to my Brighteon video channel. During my search, I watched a lot of instructional videos on waves, and in particular on the electro-magnetic waves such as those that carry our radio signals. I have a lot to learn, and many of those were hard for […]