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, May 03, 2010

Planting the seeds

My children know very well about my fascination and passion for Amateur Radio. They probably just thing of it as a "Dad thing", without much meaning for them. But that just might change.

It is time for my 9 year old son to come up with a project for this year's science fair in school. He was a little undecided about what to do when I started explaining to him about the electromagnetic spectrum; and how there are other parts of it besides light.

That's when we got to the part about radio waves; and I asked him if he'd like to build a radio that wouldn't need batteries out of simple household objects. His interest was piqued and now we have a project to work on together.

Hopefully, it will go over well; and maybe, just maybe a few radio seeds will be planted for future cultivation.

72 de Larry W2LJ


Paul N0NBD said...

Larry, I was about your son's age when my Dad helped me build a crystal radio. I remember vividly Dad telling me about his and going to Pioneer Warehouse and getting the germanium diode and wire. With that, a toilet paper tube, some nails and shellac we made the radio. I learned morse with a flashlight in Scouts but it was MANY years later that I become a ham. I have a diode stashed and some wire and a TP tube. I am waiting for the proper weekend to help my 9 year old grandson build his radio... I love this stuff! 72 de Paul N0NBD

PS I am thinking abt a foxhole radio for me with the razor blade. hi.

Paul - PC4T said...

Hi Larry, my eldest son told me that he might go for a license. He is 39 years old, so...