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 21, 2010


I am now official. My QRP DXCC certificate arrived in the mail today. It was slightly bent by the USPS, even though the League did put a piece of cardboard in the envelope as a preventative. No creases, however, so you will never know once it's safely under glass and framed.

It's a rather neat certificate, although the colors are actually more saturated and brilliant in the little photo above as opposed to the actual certificate. From examining the life sized version, I would hazard a guess that it is an OHR rig that is being used (although I'm probably wrong on that) along with a Micronta power supply (I'm positive on that). I have no idea as to whether the wattmeter being used is homebrewed or commercial. The laptop is running N3FJP's "AC Log" program. The QSL cards on the desk indicate that the operator is AA1GW, although if you go to the ARRL Website and look at the list of QRP DXCC recipients, AA1GW is not listed. Perhaps the QSL cards are just props for the photo. I did notice that I do have one of the cards posted on the wall next to the map. The most upper right hand QSL card is FOØAAA - from the 2000 DXpedition to Clipperton Island. When I worked that DXpedition, it was at 100 Watts and one of the few SSB contacts that I have made in my Ham radio lifetime. I worked Clipperton again in 2008 - TX5C on 40 Meter CW at 5 Watts with the G5RV. Ann Santos WA1S was the op.

Does any of this matter? Of course not. I guess it's just all the years I spent in the professional photography field that get me noticing details like this.

The sunspot numbers do seem to be on the upswing; and I even noticed that some of the solar weather forecasts were calling for radio blackouts due to flares. Once we get into a good steady swing of good propagation, I might be tempted to try this again - but this time QRPp. THAT should get me tearing my hair out!

73 de Larry W2LJ


Kally's Mom said...

Larry, BIGGGGG Congrats on your DXCC Qrp certificate!!!!!!!! VRY FB!!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the QRP DXCC. It wasn't easy, I'm sure.

If you have the award between two sheets of glass, and tight, you should have a very good frame.


Larry W2LJ said...

Thanks Ann and Dick - it was a fun journey!

73 de Larry W2LJ

g4ilo said...

The thing I find interesting about that photo is that there is a computer in it at all. I think it's more in the spirit of QRP to log using pencil and paper not a computer which consumes more power than the radio itself.

Larry W2LJ said...

I must admit to being guilty of having a computer in the shack for logging. It might not be green; but it does allow me to searches for information way quicker than turning pages and written tallies.

sam said...

Congratulation on your dxcc qrp award.

Stefano IZ3NVR said...

Great...I am working to get mine, I am more than half way to it....I hope to get it soon :)

Stefano IZ3NVR

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your QRP DXCC. It is quite an accomplishment and a true example of what is possible with only 5 watts power or less. Keep up the good work DXing QRP and I hope to see you on the air. 72 de Randy AA2U