10th Anniversary Giveaway!

On April 30th, it will be ten years since the "W2LJ - QRP - Do More With Less" blog was born.

In appreciation for all who read this blog, I am going to give something away to one lucky reader. I have a new, mint condition, unused, complete sheet of fifty United States Amateur Radio stamps, issued in 1964 on the 50th Anniversary of the ARRL - Scott #1260. I am going to have the sheet matted and framed - ready for display on some deserving shack wall. All I ask is that you send an e-mail to w2lj@arrl.net - entitled "Blog Anniversary Giveaway". Include your name, call sign and mailing address.

Any Amateur Radio op worldwide can enter. I will package and ship the framed stamps to any destination that the United States Post Office will accept.

The names and call signs will be loaded into a software program such as RandomPicker on April 30th and a winner will be determined. The winner will be announced here, and then the framed stamps will be posted.

Good luck, and thank you for reading!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Dave Benson K1SWL passes the torch

This appeared on the RockMite group reflector today, courtesy of Chuck Carpenter W5USJ:

After a run of about 12 years Dave, K1SWL, is discontinuing the Rock-Mites so he can finally retire.

The announcement was made today, 11 October 2013 vial his website.

The Rock-Mites will continue to be available from QRPme.com

Otherwise known as Rex, W1REX.

Many thanks to Dave for little Gem that has provided many of us a lot of fun.

Best wishes to Rex for another long run.

Not bad for a kit that was started as a handout at LobsterCon in 2002.

Chuck Carpenter, W5USJ
EM22cv, Rains Co. TX

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!


John AE5X said...

The end of an era. Dave produced some great kits for CW and PSK - all of which were a pleasure to build and operate.

The SW+ series was the best bang for the buck in our entire hobby.

George Sereikas said...

He will be missed. He is a great guy and a true supporter of our hobby. I had just ordered a Rockmite a couple of weeks ago and I guess mine, a 20 Meter version, will be one of the last produced by Dave. It will hold a place of honor in my shack.


Gil said...

I have been off the air for more than a handful of years. I felt the tug today and am ready to get back on. In a pique of nostalgia, I looked up Small Wonder Labs as my first station was a SW 40+ that I assembled after being licensed. The station was the SW 40+, a 40 meter dipole and an old Navy Fireproof SK. My first contact was a ham in Kent, WA, from my QTH in coastal Ga. He'll be missed. 73 Gil NN4CW