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!

Friday, May 07, 2010


Migrating the information from http://www.w2lj.qrpradio.com/ has been a bit more involved than I thought. But so far, I have moved over the more important pieces of the "Station W2LJ", "Morse Code", and "QRP Contesting" pages. This is a work in progress to consolidate the information here so as to eliminate hopping between blog and Website.

On the other hand, I have figured out more of the quirks of my new Wouxun 144/220 MHz handheld. There is a menu - Menu 21 that lets you choose between VFO and memory modes. The difficulty that I was having was in realizing that in the manual "Frequency Mode" = "VFO Mode" and that "Channel+Frequency Mode" = "Memory Mode".

But on the whole I am impressed with this little radio after just a few days. The price was right, and the audio output is great, and it's not all that hard to use. I like the heftiness and sturdiness of my Alinco DJ-V5; but the Wouxun will serve well as the 220 MHz radio and as a 2 Meter radio backup.

This weekend, if I get the time (it being Mother's Day weekend), I would like to try downloading the free software for programming the radio's memory channels using one of my PCs and the cable that I purchased for the purpose. The only thing I have to do beforehand is locate one of my ARRL repeater directories. I had one in the car; but I went looking for it in the glove-box and console storage area, only to find that I had moved it somewhere else. The problem is that I can't remember where that somewhere else is!

72 de Larry W2LJ

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