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!

Saturday, May 30, 2009


This afternoon, the doorbell rang. It was the Postman with a piece of registered mail for me, that I had to sign for. It was my 50 WAS QSL cards back from the ARRL.

That was very nice; but somewhat surprising as I have not received the actual award yet! My past experience with this kind of thing has been that I receive the award and then a few days or a week later, the cards come back.

I'm very glad to have the cards back; but now I'm wondering if the certificate got routed to the wrong address. I guess if I don't receive anything in the mail by next Friday; then I'll either be e-mailing or telephoning the ARRL to find out "what's what".

Saturdays are always busy around the W2LJ household; and today was no exception. But I did take about a half hour out of the hectic schedule of things for a quick listen of 15 and 10 Meters this afternoon. Considering that this weekend is CQ Magazine's Work All Prefix contest, I thought there might be some activity on those two bands. I heard a few Brazilian stations coming through on 15 Meters; but the QSB was fast and strong, and I didn't work anyone. 10 Meters was pretty dead as far as I could tell. I heard one or two W4 stations calling CQ; but couldn't even hear if they were getting any responses.

Hopefully tonight or tomorrow, I'll get more air time.

73 de Larry W2LJ

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