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, June 15, 2009

LOTW and VP6DX

I had a free moment today and got a chance to go over to the ARRL's Logbook of the World site, to see what was new with my account. And what to my wondering eye should appear; but an entry of QSO confirmation with VP6DX - Ducie Island. Wow! Finally!

I had almost given up hope. When the DXpedition was winding down, I went over to their Website and made an "official" donation to the cause. However, up until today, I had never heard anything from them except to see that they didn't have my callsign attached to my name as a donor. About (no joke) 10 to 15 e-mails trying to correct that went unanswered; and I have still not received a paper QSL. I figured that I'd never see anything on LOTW, either - but at least that finally showed up.

To be honest with you, this leaves an unpleasant aftertaste about donating towards the cause of DXpeditions. I realize that my measly 10 bucks is like the proverbial drop in the bucket; but not everybody is "Daddy Deep Pockets", eh? The big fish might get the splashy headlines; but the small fry donors like you and me who make the "nickle and dime" donations probably account for a huge slice of the pie when all is said and done.

73 de Larry W2LJ

2 comments:

g4ilo said...

$10 is probably generous compared to what most people contribute. There is really no excuse. It wouldn't be too hard for DXpedition website developers to put together something using a PayPal shopping cart script that automatically generates a QSL and mailing label on receipt of payment.

K2DSL - David said...

I think a DXpedition is happy to take any amount of money that is donated. I donated $10 to the K5D Desecheo DXpedition and received QSL cards and LoTW confirmations now. To me it's more of a "thank you" then a "Hey, move me to the top of the list" request.

The lack of response you've received is a bit of a turn off as you noted. Maybe they aren't receiving them? If you have multiple emails, try a different one or a different email address to send to.

No matter what you think, your "minimal" donation is more then the vast majority of those that didn't donate [and which they shouldn't feel obligated to do].