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!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

New wristwatch

Recently I ordered a new wristwatch; and it came today through the mail. From the picture, you can see I am not a fashionista. I prefer practicality.
One of my quirks concerns time. I hate it; and I mean I HATE IT when the time on a clock that I am looking at is wrong. It's not that I am always super early or exactly on time for every event in my life - I just want the time on my watch to be as accurate as possible. Like I said - a quirk.

From the picture you can guess that the watch I bought is an atomic job. No longer do I have to sit in front of an HF radio, listening to WWV and making sure I hit that "set" button at precisely the right millisecond.

I guess this stems not only from my desire to keep an accurate log; but also from working satellites where if you're a few minutes off, you can miss the better part of a pass. This probably also has something to do with some kind of obsessive compulsive disorder - hi!

In any event it didn't cost me an arm and a leg. I got it through a discount catalog and got $10 off in addition to free shipping. What a deal!

No Rolex for W2LJ.

72 de W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!


Rob Carlson said...

Doesn't your cell phone do the same thing?

Julian said...

I feel the same way. I have more atomic clocks than Chernobyl, and my computers all run NTP to sync them to atomic servers. I have a Timex wristwatch which is atomic synced like yours but has an analog readout, it is also solar powered which eliminates my other pet hate about clocks - changing the batteries.

I also like my transceivers to be accurate to what it says on the display. Pity Elecraft dropped the K3 external frequency reference option.

John AE5X said...

I have a similar type from Casio that also recharges itself via a small solar panel. Theoretically, it ought to keep accurate time forever with no interruptions for a battery change.

Phenomenally as it is (to me), it updates itself every night with only a tiny handful of exceptions. Even managed to snag WWV for a reset while on a recent cruise near ZF2.

What'll they think of next...

Larry W2LJ said...


You are 1000% correct. However, using my cellphone as a timepiece is akin to using a pocket watch. A pain in the butt! When I get deliveries at work and need to note the time; it's bothersome to reach for my cellphone, especially if my hands are full. I like to be able to look at my wrist and know that the time there is what it needs to be.

Julian & John ..... solar powered, eh? That is something I will have to keep my eyes peeled for next time.

Larry W2LJ

Anonymous said...

I use NTP to keep the computers updated as well.

Though, here in California my only atomic clock is part of a weather station, and I think it only once or twice has got a signal to set it self. Funny, I use that clock as an alarm to wake up since its battery and won't be affected by a power outage. The first time it got a signal I had the region set wrong so I was woke up a few hours early, :) (months after I bought it).

For a watch I've always bought Timex Iron Mans. They seem to lose only a couple seconds every six months or so and the batteries last a few years to where I'm ready for a new watch anyway. A handy thing is they do dual time zones, so I use local and UTC. Operating portable, hold down the button and switch to UTC time.

Jason - N6WBL