The QRP community lost yet another giant today. Tom Hammond NOSS became a silent key after a long battle with cancer.
If you've built any Elecraft rig and spent some time on the Elecraft e-mail reflector, then you know or have had some contact with Tom. While others knew him much better than I, we did trade some e-mails back and forth with regards to Spectrogram and using it to align the K2's crystal filters. Tom was a gentleman, patient and kind with a guy (me) who just wasn't "getting it" at the time.
The "Giants of QRP" are giants because, like Tom N0SS, they genuinely enjoy giving. It's not about the fanciest rig; or the highest score, or the biggest DXCC total. It's about touching lives, helping people and making a difference. That's what all the "Giants of QRP" and the giants in all other walks of life, for that matter, have in common.
My condolences to his family.
Tom, have fun in the Big Shack, where propagation is the only thing that's hot and all signals are 599!
Réquiem ætérnam dona eis; Dómine;
et lux perpétua lúceat eis.
Requiéscant in pace.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!