Saturday, October 26, 2013


What is a QSO nowadays? Not sure, in particular when talking QRSS.

The latest fashion seems to communicate via an online grabber. This this a QSO?
I don't think so, for the following reasons:
  1. both stations have contact to the grabber, which is rather an automated SWL connected to the internet
  2. there is no wireless link from the online grabber to neither of the two stations
  3. the online grabber does not repeat a signal per se
However, all in all, I believe using a grabber to communicate is somewhat fun, since the communication is somewhat full-duplex.

What amateur radio is concerned, there still is the issue of dependency of many non-amateur communication channels, namely the ISPs of the three involved parties.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Small Wonder Labs closed

Today I learned that Dave K1SWL closed his QRP business for good. Very understandably, after many years of excellent service.

I would like to thank Dave for all the inspiration he brought to the QRP community over the decades and wish him a good time in the house he built in NH!

72 es 73