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 22, 2009

Patience is a virtue

that I am not good at!

I took the day off from work today, so that I could help flip burgers at my kids' school this morning. They had their annual "Field Day" today with games, prizes, hamburgers, hot dogs .... the whole nine yards.

Before I had to leave the house, I had about a little over an hour of time to kill. I went down to the basement and turned on 20 Meters and heard mostly a whole lot of nothing. Except for YS1G, who was running a pile-up. Not being the encyclopedia of international call sign prefixes, I enlisted the help of Log-EQF, which informed that YS is the prefix for El Salvador. It also told me that I have worked El Salvador before; BUT a quick check of that QSO informed me that the previous QSO was at the 100 Watt level back in 2000.

"Aha!", I thought to myself! Here's a new one that I can count towards QRP DXCC if I can nab him. Unfortunately, it was not to be. I spent the hour calling in vain. The QSB was wild, with YS1G going from 599 to 339 in mere secconds. It was like being on a roller coaster, without the fun. I heard lots of Eurpoeans being worked, especially a lot of Netherlands stations; and only a few state side stations.

If I didn't have to leave the house, I would have stuck with it. But somehow, I have the nagging feeling that conditions were against me today; and it wouldn't have been accomplished even if I was able to stay behind the rig longer.

By the way, it turns out that YS1G is a DXpedition of British ops to El Salvador. They leave for home tomorrow, according to what I've seen on the Web.

C'est la vie!

73 de Larry W2LJ

1 comment:

g4ilo said...

You have more patience than me if you can call for an hour. I will never be a DXer...