I am writing to congratulate you on all your success with SolderSmoke, and thank you for your contributions to our wonderful hobby. I hope you never tire of being praised for your efforts, for I need to express my gratitude in the great halls of 'Nack-dom.
This letter began in spirit this past summer, as our family walked in downtown Juno....during a wonderful cruise vacation to Alaska. The wife and kids were thinking of the next shore excursion, and I was thinking of "Mike KL7R, on the Mendenahall Glacier, near Juno, Alaska". Let me expand:
I came to ham radio and SolderSmoke in midlife. Last year I began listening to the podcast, starting back with episode one. I would listen to you and Mike often on the way to work, getting my fill of ham radio electronics while waiting for the next new episode release. I naturally had to have the Solder Smoke 'the book', and enjoyed learning how much each of us in this hobby seem to have in common. It was through the book one night ....not too long ago....that I learned of Mike's tragic death. I'm not ashamed to say that "SolderSmoke" the book brought a tear to my eye.
Today I am more of an appliance operator that I care to say....but SolderSmoke has prompted me to break out the soldering iron and dabble with small components when possible. Our children are similar ages, and I'm hopeful to get my 11 year old on the air 'real soon'. Thank you for reminding us that ham radio is more than big stations, big power, and big antennas. AND thank you for teaching me that olive oil is great on bagels....now my preferred breakfast on the run.
I've started listening to the early episodes again. They continue to contribute to my enjoyment of ham radio.....and to life!
73 from Connecticut
photo: Point Retreat Lighthouse near Juno, AK
12/10/10 - Bill thanks for mentioning my letter on the December, 2010 episode of the SolderSmoke Podcast.