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!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Crud buckets!

I have the AA0ZZ keyer just about finished except for the decal/label and one other little detail.

I thought I was all finished with construction - plopped the three AAA batteries in, only to have the keyer give out a stream of constant "3"s. It turns out that the momentary push button that I have for keyer memory three is a "normally closed" switch instead of "normally open". I didn't quite catch that as I was rummaging through the junk box at the Hamfest last week. Looks like I will have to go to Radio Shack tomorrow evening and buy a package of "normally open" ones. Gosh, I hope they have some!

72 de Larry W2LJ


goody said...

Can you take a 2N2222, put something like a 1k resistor from +12V to the base, put the switch on the base to ground, the emitter to ground, and the collector to the keyer to invert it?

Larry W2LJ said...

That would undoubtedly work; but another trip through the junk box paid off and I found the last remaining switch that I needed!