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, November 29, 2009

Mission Accomplished !

Thank you CQ magazine for sponsoring the CQ WW DX Contest. As a by product of all the wild and woolly happenings on the CW bands this weekend, I did complete my mission by acquiring all the QSOs needed for QRP DXCC. In fact, I even went over by one - I now have worked 101 DXCC entities since beginning this back in February of 2004.

The last six to bring me over the top were:

YS4/DF7OGO - El Salvador
HK4CZE - Colombia
CN3A - Morocco
OA4SS - Peru
9L5A - Sierra Leone
LN9Z - Norway

I encourage all to take on this challenge. It was fun; and I did it off and on over the past almost six years. Most of them were worked while we've been in the sun spot doldrums. So if I was able to do this, anyone should be able to in the next few years as the sun heats up again.

The equipment here was not special - all told, two rigs were used - my K1 and my K2. Antennas varied depending upon the situation. It was either Hamsticks, the PAC-12, Buddipole or Buddistick, G5RV or Butternut HF9V vertical. The G5RV and HF9V accounted for the most. No beams, yagis, towers or other "enhanced" antennas. Just basic antennas you'd find in the typical suburban Ham back yard.

What's next? Maybe I'll start over; but this time QRPp. That should get me to begin to tear my hair out!

73 de Larry W2LJ


pidloop said...

Well done Larry! That's a great accomplishment and testament to persistence and good technique.

Mads said...

Good job, Larry! I'm working on the QRP DXCC myself and my score is 68 at the moment, all with SSB. http://home.broadpark.no/~mnygaa/dxcc.html



K2DSL - David said...

Congratulations! Though I'm not QRPer (100w) a few guys in my club are QRP enthusiasts (K2ZC & W2JEK) and I follow your blog.

I also logged new DXCCs this past week with 3 new ones in the 2 days before the contest and 3 more during the contest. Faroe Island, Botswanna, Somoa, Madagascar, Guernsey & Zambia.

Congrats again.

Larry W2LJ said...

Thanks guys, for the kind words. Mads - WOW! 68 countries on QRP SSB? Now THAT is an accomplishment. My hat is off to you, sir!

Dave, those are all great catches! I tried listening for Guernsey and the Faroe; but they were both very weak for me. I figured I wouldn't stand a snowball's chance of being heard. All I heard of the others were the pileups. You know who else has gigantic pileups that I couldn't seem to crack? Cyprus.

73 de Larry W2LJ