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!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Autumn is defintely here!

Woke up this morning and it was 38F - that would be 3C. Autumn is here!

The temperature in the house dropped down to 66F (18C) during the overnight; but we have the thermostat programmed so that the furnace doesn't turn on (during the night) until it goes below 64F (17C). Nevertheless, it was a bit of a shock to get out from under the nice warm covers to face the chilly air.

The prognosticators that be, are saying that due to a weak "El Nino" in the Pacific, that cold Canadian air will dominate the Northeastern US this winter. Supposedly we are going to have the coldest Winter in a decade.

Perhaps that will bode well for good propagation on 80 and 160 Meters this year. Unfortunately for me, it will also bode for a colder than normal shack this winter. As I have stated several times before, the shack is in the basement on the side of the house AWAY from the furnace. In addition, my heating system is a natural gas forced hot air system; so even when the furnace runs, it doesn't heat up the basement. When it gets really cold outside, it's not abnormal for the temperature in the basement to go as low as about 60F (15C). And when it gets that chilly down there, it gets uncomfortable to stay down there for longer periods of time.

Maybe I will have to buy a REALLY, REALLY big soldering iron for down there!

73 de Larry W2LJ

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