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, April 21, 2009

WAS QRP CW

When I went "strictly" CW QRP back in 2003, there were several goals that I wanted to accomplish.

1) Re-earn WAS

2) Re-earn DXCC

3) Earn the 1,000 Miles Per Watt Award

4) Re-earn WAC

I've been successful so far by earning the 1000 MPW award for a QSO with Kwajalein Atoll back in 2004. I have 90 DXCC entities worked; so I'm close there. As far as WAC goes, I just need Australia (or New Zealand) and I'll be good to go.

As far as Worked All States goes, that a done deal - almost! I have QSOs with all 50 states using QRP and CW; and as I found out the other day, I have 49 QSL cards. To my chagrin, I am missing North Dakota. Argh! I went through my log and have had several CW QRP QSOs with ND; but to date, no card.

So on Sunday, I sent out cards to two stations complete with SASEs. I am hoping that either will be kind enough to send back a QSL card. One of the stations was quite active in the QRP Sprints; and I used to work him a lot. But I have noticed of late, that I have not heard him in any of the events that I used to regularly hear him in. I hope he hasn't lost interest in radio; or has given up the hobby. The other contact was just a normal ragchew. If I hear nothing soon; then I'll just have to slug it out and work another North Dakotan, someday. Problem is that they are not exactly "a dime a dozen" as it were. Best chance might not be until Sweepstakes in the Fall.

73 de Larry W2LJ

2 comments:

Radioman said...

Great to hear. I just started QRP and am having fun. I finally got an antenna. I was just using a 40' piece of wire. Nice to hear of your accomplishments. Thanks

Buck said...

If you don't mind, can you include the link to information about 1000MPW award?

Thanks and Congratulations.

Buck
N4PGW