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!

Friday, May 01, 2009


I have to admit that for the most part, I like eHam. I don't use all its features; but I do enjoy the product reviews and I like scanning the articles. I don't like the snarky comments that just about everyone feels that they have to make; and I hate the code vs. no-code arguments. I ESPECIALLY hate it when some "newbie" calls Old Timers "Old Farts". To me, that's just as bad as dragging your fingernails across a blackboard.

Every now and then they come across with a gem of an article; and I loved this one, entitled "A Radial Plate for Cheapskates". For all the details, please make sure to read the article.

I have to give the author, Bill Savage K3AN, five stars for ingenuity. Gosh, I wish I could think of things like this. To see an ordinary, every day item and think of an "outside the box" use for it is a gift that I wish I had.

73 de Larry W2LJ


g4ilo said...

Yes, Larry, it's an unfortunate fact of modern life that many of those who use eHam (and even worse, the forums at qrz.com) feel it's OK to be gratuitously offensive to people whose views they disagree with.

Mind you, I've often referred to myself as an "old fart", meaning that I don't personally feel a need to hold certain views just because they are fashionable or politically correct. I'm an "Old fart" and proud of it!

Larry W2LJ said...


I agree with you 1000%. The term "Old Fart" can be used in quite a manner that is not negative. As you use it, it would not be taken in a bad way. I've referred to myself as an "OF" many times, also!

I've given up on the qrz forums altogether. There seems to be hardly any civility there at all. The Internet, in general, has brought about a degree of rudeness due, I guess, in large part to the anonymity that the keyboard provides.

I think we read many comments on many forums that would never be made in a face to face discussion. Safety behind the computer monitor can bring out the worst in people.

73 de Larry W2LJ