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!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Stupidest thing I've ever done

in my 30+ years in Amateur Radio?

There have been a few; such as frying the finals in my SB-104A, buying used gear that turned out to be dogs. I once bought a Kenwood R599 receiver that some idiot had tuned the 10 Meter band for CB ..... but I managed to rectify that.

Without a doubt, the stupidest thing I have ever done, in my own mind, was to sell my Heathkit HW-8. Back in the 90s, I donated it to one of the Piscataway Amateur Radio Club auctions. If memory serves me, John WA2F was the winning bidder. He's also a member of the Raritan Valley Radio Club. One of these meetings I should ask him if he still has it and make him an offer. Chances are it probably went via the RVRC Hamfest Club table many moons ago.

I've sold a lot of equipment that I've no longer wanted; but when you sell something that you've built with your own two hands ..... there's something regrettable about that. I wasn't into QRP 100% back then. I sure wish I had it now, even though it's definitely not the greatest QRP radio in the world.

Yeah, I could go on eBay or QRZ or eHam and hunt out another; but it wouldn't be the same.

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


Anonymous said...

I sold an HW-8. Much worse I sold an HW-9!

I will never forgive myself for that.

73 Dick

Danny Veseth K9KHJ said...

My 'rig that got away' that I STILL kick myself for selling was a Ten Tec Century 22.

Ed N4EMG said...

I've definitely let a few things slip away through the years, radios, cars, girls...oops. When I was about 13 or 14 I took my DX60B transmitter and HG10B VFO to a hamfest and tried to sell them. No one wanted the transmitter but I had several offers on the VFO. Of course, I didn't want to split them up. But a bit later I spied an SB-401 for sale and figured that with the money I had in my pocket and what I would get for the VFO I could buy it. So I hunted down the guy who had made an offer and sold my VFO. By the time I got to the table to buy the SB-401, it was gone. 6 months of operating crystal control followed and I only had 2 crystals. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

73 Ed