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!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Ta Daa !!!

OK - so here's the new W2LJ QSL card. It's not as "classic" as my first choice; but I took the photo myself (no copyright problems that way) and ended up with a high enough resolution photo that worked for a card. Here's the front:

Of course, it's the K1 and the 2004 Christmas Key that I just got this past Christmas. I love that "Camel back" design! And this photo pretty much sums up my whole operating philosophy, which is QRP, CW and the outdoors in one photograph. Now, it's not to say that this is the only way I operate - far from it! But it is one of my favorite ways to get on the air.

Here's the back:

That's me on vacation up at Lake George last summer, doing exactly what I enjoy so much. I decided not to clutter up the card with a ton of logos or membership numbers. I am trying to keep the design as clean as possible.

I am so looking forward to getting these! I decided to go with UX5UO's "Luxury" series, which gives the front a glossy finish. I should have 1,000 of these in about a month. If the finished product comes out nearly as well as the proof has, I will be happy indeed.

73 de Larry W2LJ


Scott Hedberg said...

Nice card! Hope to work you soon so I can get one.

73 Scott AD7MI

"Leo" JJ8KGZ Hiroto Tsukada said...

Yes, indeed.
It's a very nice card.
I would like to make a card like yours.


Best de JJ8KGZ Leo

g4ilo said...

Very nice! What's the antenna you are using in the photo on the back?

Jeff, KE9V said...

Congrats Larry, the design looks outstanding! Hope to work you this summer and get one of those cards for my collection.

73 de Jeff, KE9V

pidloop said...

Very interesting sci-fi design. It looks like the radio is sitting on some sort of lake with gentle waves and the distant sky is on some other planet with green clouds.

Larry W2LJ said...

The antenna being used on the back of the card is the PAC-12. It's very lightweight, portable and easy to homebrew.

The setting for the front photo is our backyard patio table which has a glass top. The green "clouds" is just the lawn. Where it's very bright green/yellow in the upper left corner is direct sunlight hitting the grass. I had the umbrella open and took the photos in the open shade, which is the best light for photographs, by the way.

73 de Larry W2LJ