Two year anniversary

Today, sadly, marks the two year anniversary of the passing of my Mom. Some days, it seems like her passing happened so long ago. Other days, the pain is as raw as if it had just happened. I know they say that time heals all wounds, but there are some things you never get over.  And to be honest, I would rather feel the occasional pang of grief than become complacent about her death. There are indeed moments when the emptiness and sadness still rear their ugly head. Fortunately, those sad times are farther and fewer between, and there are many times when the memories invoke moments of joy and laughter or a smile.

In a related matter, the friend of a friend passed away in early April. I mention this, because some of you may have known him – some well, others just in passing. The person I am referring to is Bill Stevenson G4KKI. Sadly, Bill passed away from cancer in early April. Bill was one of the “QRP family”, a FISTS member, an antenna experimenter and he loved going on portable QRP operations. Bill contributed a lot to the various QRP lists with posts about his successes with homebrewing rigs, magloops, and his various portable QRP ops expeditions to various places in his beloved home of England.

His webpage is still up, if you care to have a look:

And Bill also liked to post videos of his projects and exploits on YouTube:

A person once said that, “Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to do what they have to do to in order to get there – die.”  I suppose that’s true, but sometimes I think the heavier burden is left with those of us who stay behind.

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

Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

5 Responses to “Two year anniversary”

  • Paul KC2NYU:

    Could you point me toward list of the currently most popular / acceptable QRP CW calling freqs? What do you use?

    73 Paul

  • Larry W2LJ:


    For CW:
    80 Meters ~ 3.560 MHz
    40 Meters ~ 7.040 and 7.030 MHz
    30 Meters ~ 10.106 MHz
    20 Meters ~ 14.060 MHz
    17 Meters ~ 18.080 MHz
    15 Meters ~ 21.060 MHz
    12 Meters ~ 24.901 MHz
    10 Meters ~ 28.060 MHz

    For SSB
    80 Meters ~ 3.985 MHz
    40 Meters ~ 7.285 MHz
    20 Meters ~ 14.285 MHz
    15 Meters ~ 21.385 MHz
    10 Meters ~ 28.885 MHz

    73 de Larry W2LJ

  • Paul KC2NYU:

    Larry – thank you


  • Mark AI4HO:

    I feel your pain Larry, I lost my mom on 8 May 1993, which just so happened to be Mothers Day too. She was involved in a head on car car crash which, sadly took the life of a 15 year old local girl who was riding in the other car. Most days now 21 years later, aren’t bad, but as per usual Mothers Day is usually a day my wife does not like to celebrate. Is what it is, my mom was 58 years of age at the time, I will be 57 in Aug. kinda scary when you consider this little tid bit. My father was also killed in a car crash 6 years an about 6 weeks earlier at the end of March 1987..he was 57 years of age. Maks one think.

  • Marco IZ2LSO:

    And if I go,
    while you’re still here…
    Know that I live on,
    vibrating to a different measure
    –behind a thin veil you cannot see through.
    You will not see me,
    so you must have faith.
    I wait for the time when we can soar together again,
    –both aware of each other.
    Until then, live your life to its fullest.
    And when you need me,
    Just whisper my name in your heart,
    …I will be there.

    Ascension, by Colleen Corah Hitchcock

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