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, May 16, 2010

New monitor

I awoke this morning, to hear from my lovely wife that "something is wrong with the computer, the screen is all white!". Sure enough, the Dell LCD monitor that I had purchased via eBay two years ago, had given up the ghost. I knew that it had to be the monitor and not the "brand new" computer; but to double check, I plugged it into the netbook to get the same display .... nothing.

I had to go to Target to buy a piece of poster board, so that Joey could finish up his science fair project. While I was there, I decided to see what they had in the way of monitors; and it so happened that they had a very nice Acer 19" monitor on sale. There was one left; so I swapped it up. I very distinctly remembered last year, when they had the great deal on Acer netbooks; and I hesitated, only to lose out. So I guess the old saying is true, "He who hesitates is lost."

We desperately needed the monitor, anyway, as Joey and I had to come onto the Web to print out a nice chart of the electromagnetic spectrum for his science fair display. The project is all done now and is ready to be taken to school tomorrow morning. I hope the first fledgling steps towards a radio hobby have begun. At least the seeds have been planted .... even if they take years to germinate, it will have been well worth it.

72 de Larry W2LJ

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