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, January 28, 2010

In The Lower Right Hand Corner

there is a poll.

Which logging software do you use? Do you use any at all? I am keeping this up all month; so please feel free to take part. If you use more than one, you can make more than one selection. Logging software is a favorite topic of mine. It seems whatever program I use, they always have something missing that I want. I wish I knew enough about writing code so that I could come up with a program that had everything that I wanted. Unfortunately, that is not one of my talents.

I bought a mug from CafePress.com and it arrived today. I was VERY impressed by the quality. I didn't think they would be as nice as they are.

The past few weeks have been unseasonably warm around here - I guess we have been experiencing the fabled "January Thaw". Today started with an unexpected period of snow squalls which left the roads super icy! I witnessed the results of more accidents on the way to work today than I think I've ever seen in all my 35 years of driving. I was cut off by a woman in a Saturn; and I thought I was going to be a statistic this morning. I guess I was driving too slow for her tastes; and she whizzed around me and then proceeded to squeeze her vehicle into my lane, ahead of me. Luckily, the anti-lock brakes did their thing and there was enough traction for my tires to bite the road and bring me to a stop. Of course, the woman drove on, unfazed by the fact that she had nearly taken me out. It took a few seconds for my heart to leave my throat and return to its normal position; and I was able to continue on to work without further incident.

Tonight the temperature is supposed to drop into the low 'teens (around -10C). Next week is supposed to remain colder than normal.

Did I mention that I hate Winter?

73 de Larry W2LJ


K2DSL - David said...

It is no longer warm out in Northern NJ!

I voted both HRD & N1MM. I use N1MM for contesting logging. When done, I export all N1MM contacts and import into HRD. I use HRD for any non-contest logging as well.

What coffee mug did you get from CafePress?

Larry W2LJ said...


Actually, I bought a "QRP - Do Less With More" mug. I was surprised that the colors are so rich and vibrant.

Thanks for the words about HRD, I'm going to do a little research on that.

73 de Larry W2LJ

Anonymous said...

I have AC Log and HRD. I am not a big fan of HRD and only used it briefly. (maybe I didn't give it a fair chance) On the other hand, I used AC Log for several months and was pleased with its overall features. As a programmer there are always things I would have "done different" and did set out to develop my own software. By the time I had written the CAT interface for the FT897, QRZ lookup interface, spotting and database interface I decided that logging software was more of a hassle than I wanted. Most of my operating is done outside with battery power and a Buddi Pole antenna. So I eliminated the need for a computer and use the good old ARRL mini log book and have done so for a couple of years now.