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, June 30, 2009

Giving a helping hand

I was contacted about a week ago; by a private telecommunications firm in California. They are experiencing some intermod or some kind of mixing problem on one of their repeaters, I guess. They asked me if I'd be willing to listen to a Morse Code ID that is coming in over their system; and if I could, would I please translate for them?

The engineer in charge sent me a WMA file and the CW ID, while kind of raspy, was clear enough for easy copy. I'd say it was at a rate of about 20 WPM or so.

In any event, I was able to e-mail back with the two commercial IDs that I was able to hear; for which they were most grateful. I think that now, they'll be able to contact the other parties and clear up their unintentional interference problems.

I guess being able to understand Morse Code still counts for something. I also guess that a lot of folks are either visiting this site; or my Website - or maybe Googling Morse Code comes up with a link to me pretty high up in the chain? In any event, it's fun to get e-mails like that and being able to help.

73 de Larry W2LJ


Jeff, KE9V said...

That is very cool Larry, glad you were able to help them out!

73 de Jeff, KE9V

Compare ham equipment said...

It is very cool! But they might have used a PC decoder or comparable piece of hardware. But, then you wouldn't have a great story to tell :)

Larry W2LJ said...

In all honesty, the thought never occurred to me to direct him towards "CW Get" or one of the other CW decoding programs. I suppose that would have worked just as well; but would have been a bit impersonal.

I was happy to provide the service; and I really got a kick out of the experience. And maybe, just maybe this gentleman now has a favorable image of Amateur Radio and Amateur Radio ops.

Personally, I was also quite relieved that the callsign was commercial and not Amateur.

73 de Larry W2LJ