Update from SWLing Post HQ

Hello, Friends,

A quick update:

My mother passed away on Sunday afternoon after a long battle with cancer. The past few weeks have been hectic and fully devoted to my mother’s Hospice care. The next two week are devoted to being with family and caring for my father-in-law who is currently in the hospital.

I haven’t been checking email or comments regularly and will not for the next week or so, hence the delay in reply some of you have noticed.

With the help of some of our contributors, we will still have posts published, but fewer than normal.

Please understand if I don’t have time to reply to your emails. I receive 40-50 from readers daily, so the backlog will be more than I can handle even after I’m back “on the air.”

Also, thank you so much for your kind thoughts and messages. Those of you who follow by other radio blog, QRPer.com, knew that my mom was in Hospice care as I mentioned this in a recent field report.

I’ll be back soon and thank you so much for understanding.


Thomas (K4SWL)

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50 thoughts on “Update from SWLing Post HQ

  1. Barry Ward

    Sorry To Hear That You Have Lost Your Mother Thomas. It’s a painfull event to go through. Thinking of you and all of your family.

  2. Jim Burns

    Very Sorry to hear of your loss. These things are very hard. We recently lost my mother-in-law after a ten year battle with Parkinson’s. She was in hospice care for six months. Those people are wonderful !
    We’re now helping with my 84 year old father-in-law who is doing well after surgery.
    Jim WB4ILP

  3. Patrizio

    Hello Thomas,

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother. My thoughts are with you during this tough time. I can’t imagine how hard it must be for you.

    I hope you find comfort in the good memories you shared with her. Your mom will always be a part of you, and her love will live on in those memories.

    Sending you heartfelt condolences.


  4. Marc Montgomery


    Be comforted and encouraged with the knowledge that your Mom and Dad
    are ever within your heart.


  5. Vendel Boeree

    Hi Thomas, sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. My condolences to you and your family.
    Vendel/ K2DSI

  6. Frank Joo

    Dear Thomas. I send you my deepest condolences and brotherly love to you and your family for your loss. It takes a special flavor of love to care for a loving mother. I myself am coming up on 10 years this June for the same situation with my mom.
    God bless you!

  7. Joe WA5UNK

    My sincere condolences. We lost my mother to cancer a few years ago. It’s hard on the person, and on the family.

  8. MARIO

    Thomas, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I know what you’re going through. Losing a Mom is a sorrowful thing. Will remember her and your family in my prayers.

  9. Jerome van der Linden

    Dear Thomas,
    and family. My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother.
    It is something I can relate to just now, as my own mother is currently also near death. In her case however, she is not suffering from any illness, but is 111 years old, and we all know that we don’t live forever.
    Kind regards
    Jerome van der Linden

  10. Phil Marshall

    Thomas, you are in our prayers. I’ve been through this and understand what you are going through. We’ll be here to read and support your blog the minute you get back.

    Godspeed to you and your family.

  11. Julian Stargardt

    Dear Thomas and Family,

    So very sorry for your loss.
    Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
    Your dignity and graciousness in continuing to attend to SWLing during this time is beyond the call of duty.
    Let us know if there’s anything we can do to help or support you and your family at this time.

    With thanks for your friendship and for all you do for the Radio community.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,


  12. Tim Marecki

    I am so very sorry Thomas! My thoughts and prayers are with you. I went through the same thing in 1989.

    May God’s peace be with you!

    Tim Marecki
    New Port Richey, FL,USA

  13. lionel laleuf

    Bonjour que maman repose en paix !! bon courage pour votre Papa ! ……………Lionel Laleuf FSWL depuis la France

  14. JAMET Paul

    Hello Thomas,

    We only know each other through our e-mail exchanges, but I want you to know that I fully understand your grief at the death of your mother.

    I appreciate your work. Nevertheless, please take the time you need, even if a mother’s death is never erased from her children’s memories.

    Please be assured of my sympathy and understanding at this painful time.

    Yours sincerely.

    Paul JAMET
    Radio Club du Perche

  15. Mark Pedersen

    Please accept my condolences on the passing of your mother. Although her suffering has now ended, your period of grief continues. May good memories of her comfort and aid you through this difficult time.

    Thank you for your devotion to the SWLing.com site. I cannot imagine how you’re able to keep up with it under the circumstances, but really appreciate that you have.

  16. Gary Butterworth

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Thomas. I know that there are no words that can truly bring comfort to you, but I have no doubt that your love and support brought comfort to your mother during her final days — and that counts for an awful lot. My best to you and your loved ones.

  17. Frank K4FMH


    Your family has been in our daily prayers. We will add your father in-law.

    So sorry for your loss. Our parents have been gone for some years now but they are in our thoughts daily, for one reason or another.

    Thank you for all that you do for the radio community. That can wait…


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