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!

Monday, May 04, 2009

Being crafty

Up until yesterday, my K2 "stand" was the cardboard box that my Yaesu FT-1500 2 Meter radio came in. It was perfect. It lifted the rig about 2 or 3 inches off the table; but yet maintained a flat angle for the front panel as opposed to the titled angle that you get when using the bale. I don't care for using the bale - I like the angle of the front panel to be straight on. Call me "picky".

The cardboard box served well for several years; but as of late it has gotten saggy. What I wanted was something the same size; but sturdier. Yesterday I had to go to a local arts & crafts store to buy some supplies for a school project that my daughter Cara has to do. While I was in there, I decided to walk down the unpainted wood aisle. That's where I found an unpainted wooden box that's normally meant for decoupage projects. The length and width are a bit bigger than I wanted (the Yaesu box almost mirrored the K2's dimensions to a "T"), but the height is perfect. And it only cost me $5.

So now, as you can see, my K2 is happily perched atop its new pedestal; and it's a comfortable fit for me, too. My wrist is at a good angle to manipulate the tuning dial and the buttons without getting tired or feeling cramped.

73 de Larry W2LJ


g4ilo said...

OK, someone had to ask. The white plastic 90 degree sewage pipe coupling to the left of the K2 is for what, exactly?

Anonymous said...

I'll bet it's a home-brew speaker baffle.

Larry W2LJ said...


The speaker is a Radio Shack amplified speaker which points "up". The PVC elbow pipe, which is approximately 15 cm, sits on the front face of the speaker and directs the sound to towards my head; and also gives it a "nicer" sound. I don't know how to describe it - it's not as harsh as just the speaker alone.

73 de Larry W2LJ