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

RFTB after action report

I devoted 30 minutes to the RFTB this month. In a few minutes, Marianne and I are going to watch a move "On Demand" to spend some time together; so I didn't want to operate the entire two hours. But I did use the RFTB as a "shakedown cruise" for the PFR3A in preparation of next Saturday's QRPTTF contest.

In all, I have to admit that I am very pleased with the PFR3A's performance. I had it hooked up to my 12V SLA battery, so the output was the full 4.75 Watts. The antenna was the Butternut HF9V through the Emtech ZM2 tuner.

I ran both scenarios as I "ran a frequency" and also did the "hunt and pounce" thing. Any CQer that I answered came back to me on my first or second call. So I seem to have picked up the knack for knowing where to place my calls. And I also did fairly well in holding a frequency and answering other Hams who answered my CQ.

In my 30 minutes of operating, I had 9 QSOs and the best DX was Louisiana and South Dakota. It is a lot different from operating the K1 or K2 with the conventional tuning knob; but I am starting to get the hang of using the push buttons. The receiver seems to be very good and the selectivity seems to be very good also. So far, I had no problems discerning between stations that were very close together.

I have a ways to go in forming a complete opinion of the PFR3A; but so far the results look good and are going a long way towards blotting out the dissatisfaction I had during the ordering and building phases.

72 de Larry W2LJ

1 comment:

goody said...

Hi Larry. I operated as well for a half hour on 40. I did a pretty good little run. I was surprised to get SD and I also pulled a WA station out of the dirt. It was a good evening; glad your new rig is working well.