I would never…

I never thought I would recommend a Chromebook to anyone, but I’ve changed my mind.

My father in-law is 78 years old and a couple of days ago he told me his computer is not working properly. The laptop is 8-ish years old and he realised the best thing to do is (most likely) to buy a new one. My father in-lay was working for an US tech company both as sales director and later as HR director until he retired about 15 years ago. Even today he has a huge ability to adopt new technical gadgets.

He asked me for advise to buy a new Window$ laptop. When I asked him about how he use his laptop I quite soon came to the conclusion that he should buy a Win laptop but a Chromebook. Off we went to a store nearby selling all sorts of gadgets including laptops. And home we went with a brand new (and very cheap) computer.

As he booted and logged in for the very first time on his new computer he asked me how he could check his e-mail, but before I answered he had figured it out all by himself.

In some cases an intuitive Chromebook is the best option. Not for me, but at least for my very clever father in-law.


The entry to the hobby of mine

In 1977-ish I bought myself a brand new Drake SSR-1 receiver. I was 12 years old and had a couple of friends who was into DX-ing and I thought it was fun. For a short period before buying the Drake I used my brother’s radio to try to catch a few foreign stations transmitting on the shortwave bands.

The Drake SSR-1 wasn’t to bad for a youngster at that time. Not too many settings had to be done and I sent signal reports all over the world. Today I’m sorry that I haven’t the QSL cards saved, I threw them away in the 90’s.

A few stations became my favorites at that time:

  • HCJB in Quito, Equador
    A Christian station who made programs in Swedish
  • Vatican Radio
    Another station with programs in Swedish
  • Radio Luxemburg
    For a very young teenager Radio Luxemburg on 1440 kHz (208 meters wavelength) was like the port to heaven. Here I could listen to new music.

Maybe DX-ing as a hobby at that time was like Spotify is tody?

In 1986 I got my ham radio license and from that date I haven’t been DX-ing. In addition, there are not too many stations on the HF bands these days to I guess DX-ing as a hobby is more or less dead.


New font

I really like this font. It’s called EtuVetica and it’s made by my friend etu.



I’ve updated my openSPOT2 to the latest beta. Feel free to give me a call either on TG2400 or via Private Call to 2400029.