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, April 18, 2010

Before I forget .....

last Tuesday was the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 13 Service Module blowing its liquid oxygen tank.

During a routine procedure to stir the hydrogen and liquid oxygen tanks, it turned out that some wiring to one of the stirrer motors has lost some insulation and a short had caused a spark, which in turn caused the liquid oxygen tanks to blow. The results can be seen above in the photo taken by the Apollo 13 crew after the Service Module was ejected before reentry.

Due to the valiant efforts of the crew and all the NASA ground support; a tragedy was averted and the aborted Apollo 13 mission actually became the space agency's shining moment. The fact that the crew returned home safely is a testament to the ingenuity and hard work of the dedicated men and women of that era.

72 de Larry W2LJ


Pavel said...

Sorry to interupt, but I think it's actually been on wednesday:) The incident happen on 14th april...

g4ilo said...

Watching the movie of that name always brings a lump to my throat. When geeks were heroes...