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!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tough night as an 80 Meter Fox.

Well, at least the power didn't go out.

For the first half hour, everything was perfect. I was handing out pelts left and right - cruising! Then at 0130 UTC a dreaded net came on frequency and once again, the NCS began calling up said net without so much the courtesy of a "QRL?".

Do you have any idea what happens to your ears when a 50dB over 9 station suddenly bursts onto the scene; and you're operating with the AGC off because you're listening for weak signals? Painful baby, painful!

At that point I had to quit operating split and QSY as I wasn't hearing even the loudest Hounds through that mess. The result was I went from cruise mode into stall mode; and my QSO rate dropped quicker than the proverbial lead balloon.

But it was fun, and it was the last 80 Meter hunt for the season. This Thursday will be the last 40 Meter hunts for 2009/2010: and the Summer 20 Meter hunts should start up some time in July to last into September.

72 de Larry W2LJ

1 comment:

Kally's Mom said...

Great Job Larry!!!
Dispite QSB, QRM..and horrible condex you did a super job as a fox!!!