10th Anniversary Giveaway!

On April 30th, it will be ten years since the "W2LJ - QRP - Do More With Less" blog was born.

In appreciation for all who read this blog, I am going to give something away to one lucky reader. I have a new, mint condition, unused, complete sheet of fifty United States Amateur Radio stamps, issued in 1964 on the 50th Anniversary of the ARRL - Scott #1260. I am going to have the sheet matted and framed - ready for display on some deserving shack wall. All I ask is that you send an e-mail to w2lj@arrl.net - entitled "Blog Anniversary Giveaway". Include your name, call sign and mailing address.

Any Amateur Radio op worldwide can enter. I will package and ship the framed stamps to any destination that the United States Post Office will accept.

The names and call signs will be loaded into a software program such as RandomPicker on April 30th and a winner will be determined. The winner will be announced here, and then the framed stamps will be posted.

Good luck, and thank you for reading!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Quality - not Quantity

Last night's SKN contacts were not plentiful. I mean that in the sense that I didn't spend a ton of time operating. There were plenty signals on the bands; but I only had about an hour's worth of available free time to spend.

In the alloted portion of time that I had available, I did have two nice QSOs. One was with Kevin W3DAD near Baltimore, MD and the other was with Nate KC2MJT up in Peru, NY which is near Lake Placid.

Kevin was LOUD! He was a good 599 into NJ. He couldn't stay on the air too long as he had to tuck his daughter in for the night. But the QSO was enjoyable, even though it was brief. Nate was good 579 into NJ. We had an enjoyable conversation. He was telling me that he was a bit tired as the result of snow shoveling. Fortunately, that's not something that I've had to really deal with hear in Central NJ so far. We've had a few ice storms where I've had to shovel some accumulated sleet; but nothing overwhelming yet. Of course, by publicly stating that, I've probably jinxed myself for the rest of the winter!

In any event, it was nice to be on the air again. I was using the K2, of course, and my LTA SKCC straight key. Last night, Kevin was using a J-38 and Nate was using a Speed-X. It was great to hear two good fists on the air.

So far, I'm holding to my resolution to get on the air more. Tonight at 9:00 PM, I will be one of the two 80 Meter foxes in the QRP Foxhunt; so I should make a bunch of QSOs tonight. Nothing like getting 2008 off to a rollicking start.

73 de Larry W2LJ

BTW, you might ask why I didn't have a bunch of time to operate last night? Busy doing household chores is the answer! It was a good night to get the bathrooms and kitchen cleaned! OK, so it's not New Year's Eve at Times Square - but it's exactly where I want to be!

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