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 21, 2010

Very slow going

in the QRP ARCI SK Memorial Sprint.

So far in 45 minutes of operating, I have worked the following - N4BP (as always!), AB7AN, NT9K, K0LWV, K9IS all on 20 Meters. 40 Meters is nice and quiet - but no activity there.

I don't know if it's a case of crummy propagation or just a lack of participation; but it's definitely not hopping. If this keeps up, I think I'll pull the plug way before the 1800 UTC official end time.

I have heard K7TQ, Randy in Moscow, Idaho; but the QSB has been really bad and so far he's been between 549 and ESP. I know I can't be much better. I also heard and tried to work Kelly K4UPG, who is the author of one of the blogs in my blogroll. Kelly was about 449 to New Jersey and I tried working him on both the G5RV and the Butternut HF9V - but no dice.

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

Note: Added K4JPN and N5URL on 20 Meters and K3HX on 40 Meters to the total. Pulled the plug at 17:30 UTC - have to get the grocery shopping done!


VE3WDM said...

Good afternoon Larry, I too have had a very slow day of it as well. As you say not sure if the conditions are favoring QRP. I heard N4BP but was not able to make the contact. I had to pull the plug I was on the back deck with my KX1 and the rain started. I will be posting some pic's on the blog and a little write up as well.

Anonymous said...

Propagation is just so poor!!! I'm afraid this cycle is just not going to be very profitable. A downer for geezers like me only able to operate on 20 meters and higher. 73 N2UGB

K4UPG said...

I thought I heard you at ESP level in the noise. Boy the bands were not working for me down here in Orlando yesterday (Sat) for our Polar Bear QRP Club Summer Picnic Event. It was hot and we had off and on rain every so often. That was a good test of my new Coleman 2 pole shelter which fared well except for when I forgot and leaned too far and got soaked.

So blame it on the propagation. It was plain lousy on 40, 30, 20m here and I did not hear anything on 15m but the QRN was not bad there at least. Signals were way way down in the noise and only with serious use of the NEScaf Filter could I hear well enough to copy anyone all day. Lightning and wind shut me down about 1:30 local.

Sorry I missed ya! But know I will keep looking for you.

Kelly K4UPG