Awoke to an ice storm this morning. Many schools across the area were closed or delayed so I decided to wait an extra half-hour before heading for work, to let the Sun wake up. No reason to drive on ice and in the dark if it can be avoided.

When I did finally hit the road, I listened to the latest Solder Smoke podcast. A couple of interesting thoughts from that program.

One of them being the term “hardware defined radio”. I liked that.

Sure, I understand the many advantages of SDR and have several of them to choose from in the shack, but I also have some “hardware defined radios” on the shelf and none of them have ever nagged me for a new firmware update or complained when a software company failed to provide a proper driver…

The other was when Bill talked about his recent use of QRP SSB on the 60-meter band. He pointed out that since amateur use on that band in the US is channelized, there’s no adjacent channel interference from a station that moves in just above or below you. He also went into some detail about the military traffic he’s copied there - the band is shared in the US too.

Got me thinking that I haven’t been on 60 for quite some time and how I really should revisit that space. I used to have a nightly sked with a friend in Cincinnati (110 miles) on that band and it worked very well considering that we could never do that on 20 and some nights not even on 40.

Lightly used, 100-watt power limit, no contests. What’s not to like?