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

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!


  1. 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.

  2. 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.


  3. 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