The weather has been pretty spectacular in these parts for the last week or so. Fall is settling in nicely over the Heartland and it won’t be long until the first frost of the season makes an appearance. The dry spell at the end of the Summer probably ruined any chance we had for a colorful Fall around here. The leaves have mostly been turning brown and then turning loose prematurely.

It’s been getting down into the low 40s overnight and I have turned the furnace on the last few mornings just to knock the chill off the house. When we bought this place I was determined to install a wood burning stove for just such purpose as well as to provide back-up heat, but I never got round to it.

Heating with natural gas has been cheap enough that it seemed like too much trouble. But now comes news that natural gas prices are going to be unusually high this season and that has me reconsidering the wood/pellet stove idea - though it’s too late now to bother with this season.

Still, I love this time of year and there are other advantages that go beyond just the crisp air, spiced cider, fall festivals, and sweatshirts as a lifestyle. Radio advantages. With the nights getting longer conditions on 160 meters are slowly improving.

If the upcoming Pre-Stew event (October 23) gets your juices flowing then this month’s free QST article, The Beverage Antenna, 100 Years Later by Ward Silver, NØAX, and Frank Donovan, W3LPL might make you cuckoo for TopBand.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite QST article for November.