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 25, 2010

The beginning of another project

After playing around with portable field deployable antennas yesterday, I have decided to construct the Fuchs tuner kit that my wife Marianne purchased for me for my birthday last year. This kit was (and still is) offered by the QRP Project folks from Germany.

After this little tuning box is done, the theory is that I will be able to take a hunk o' wire approximately 69 feet long (21 Meters), toss it up into the trees, and will be able to operate on any frequency that lays between the 40 and 10 Meter bands without a counterpoise.

My friend Bob W3BBO homebrewed one based on the QRP Project schematic; and he tells me that it works great. Another multiband alternative to the doublets that I am anxious to try.

I drilled the housing today and mounted the hardware. Next step is to wind the two transformers and do all the wiring. I should have it ready to go for field trials by next weekend. Unfortunately, so far both Monday and Tuesday nights are already booked with other commitments.

72 de Larry W2LJ


g4ilo said...

Looks interesting, but the tossing 70 feet of wire into trees part would worry me.

Larry W2LJ said...

Really? It would only be temporary and the wire would be insulated so as not to rub or hurt the tree bark. Something on the order of this:


72 de Larry W2LJ