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!

Friday, December 11, 2009

BRRRRRR !!!!!!!!!!

Last Saturday came the snow - today came the Arctic blast!

I awoke this morning to hear my Radio Shack indoor/outdoor thermometer beeping. It does that when the outdoor temperatures go below 37F (3C). It was way below 37F - it was a lovely (sarcasm mode on) 19F (-7C). And it was windy to boot! Factoring in the wind chill it felt like it was in the single Fahrenheit digits (way -C digits!). Christmas decorations, garbage cans, whatever is not tied down outside is blowing around. As I sit and type this, it is currently 24F (-4C) and the wind continues to blow.

I am hoping for some moderation as this Sunday we are taking the kids into Manhattan for the very first time to see the gigantic Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center and the Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall. They have no idea what a real city environment is like - only what they've seen on TV. I am sure it will be a surprise to both of them. I am betting that Cara, my daughter, will love it; while my son, Joey, will probably be ho-hum about it.

On a radio note, I was hoping my PFR3 would be in the mailbox today when I got home. It was not. According to Doug KI6DS, the first batches went out last Monday and yesterday. I thought that since I placed my order way back in September, before the "Out of Stock" sign was even posted, that I'd be in the first batch. Guess not. Here's hoping that I see it next week.

What is concerning me is that I didn't receive an e-mail from Doug notifying me that my kit had shipped. For some reason, I thought that was supposed to happen. I hope that I am mistaken and that it shows up in the next few days. If I don't receive anything by next Friday, I guess I'll have to be a nudge.

73 de Larry W2LJ


Dick said...

New York City is great at this time of year. We always took an excursion bus into town from upstate NY. Enjoy your day.

UU1CC said...

I never seen the winter NYC, but I've heard "A FairyTale Of New York" song by Pogues. I hope that I can imagine this magic.

g4ilo said...

It's only just below zero here. And no wind.

I've never had an email from QRP Kits before it shipped. Mind you I've never received exactly what I ordered, either. Best of luck!

Paul PC4T said...

Enjoy your trip to Manhattan. I've been their once and it was such an experience to see New York, what I have seen before only in movies and TV. The weather here is slowly dropping into winter. Temperature is now +3C but after this weekend they expect frost between -1 and -6 C. I have to put up my antenna... and I can't wait any longer. But I will happily undergo this weather.

Jim said...

Enjoy the show.

The city is great this time of year, I was thinking about going to see the tree next week and take the kids.


Transceivers said...

On a radio note, I was hoping my PFR3 would be in the mailbox today when I got home. It was not. According to Doug KI6DS, the first batches went out last Monday and yesterday.I enjoy your post.