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, September 08, 2010

First Day Cover #2

As promised ........

Again, you can click on the image to make it bigger and see more detail.

This cover features an illustration of a Ham actively working his station. And from the caption, it seems like things have not changed much.  Back then, as now, we are constantly reminding the general public that we are there when "stuff" hits the fan.  Not merely a bunch of odd looking geeks involved in an esoteric hobby that no one quite understands.

I would imagine that back then, in 1964, our predecessors were also engaged in a constant PR battle to make the general public aware that "we" were not always the source of their TVI problems.  With satellite and cable, we have the advantage today, although problems do still crop up from time to time.

On another note, I have finished my homebrew antenna launcher.  Not anything brilliantly new or innovative - just my version.  I will try to post some pictures later tonight after I get home from the Raritan Valley Radio Club meeting.

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

1 comment:

VE3WDM said...

Good evening Larry, Nice QSL card and it is true even today folks feel the cell or GPS will get them through a disaster. They forget about the batteries going dead or solar activity rendering their GPS useless. We can sit in a silent readiness and when the time comes... shine. As for the launcher do post some picks would be very cool to see.