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!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ham Radio Simulator

Just like flight simulators, this program ain't the real thing; but for some reason the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio is giving it some free PR:


We're speaking of CQ100 that Amateur Radio simulation "game" that has some people confused as to what radio is and what radio isn't. Some folks see it as a God send, while I see it as a "get rich quick" scheme by somebody.

Each to their own, I suppose - however, if you want to read a "no holds barred" discussion on CQ100, you can entertain yourself by going over to eHam. There you can read the typical gentlemanly, courteous and civilized (sarcastic mode on) discussion that took place several months ago.


73 de Larry W2LJ


Jspiker said...

I'll never understand why some Hams think they can't have fun from an apartment building using an indoor antenna.

It's just NOT true...absolute nonsense.

Larry W2LJ said...

It's about thinking outside the box and some folks just won't do it. I have a friend, AF2Q, whose apartment is in a building that is a Faraday shield. He's using homebrewed magnetic loop antennas with great success!

Yes, outdoor antennas are great; and those of us who have them are darned lucky - but where there is a will, there is a way.

g4ilo said...

I totally agree. Do some real radio - whether it's using indoor antennas, portable in the park or mobile.

I don't feel we're being "crusty old men" by pointing this out. I just think people deserve to know that not being able to have antennas at home doesn't mean they can only experience ham radio through a computer simulation. I'm surprised the ARRL published this article and don't see how publicizing a VOIP system like CQ100 benefits the hobby.

Anonymous said...

I have a few "newbie" questions. 1) Does it get Ham Operators "GOTA" (Get-On-The-Air)? 2) Does it "Educate" or Re-Educate newbies? 3) Is it a hobby or is it "serious stuff" ? --- Just a Few Questions

Larry W2LJ said...

It doesn't help Hams "get on the air" per se, because it's "virtual" Ham Radio via the Internet.

It may help educate a Ham in the way of operating procedures and protocol; but I doubt you will earn how to deal with any of the real life difficulties of QRN, QSB etc. That's stuff that you can only experience by actually going on the air for real.

Larry W2LJ