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!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Nasty weather

A little bit before I left from work, I heard some hard rain and some loud thunder.  This was pretty significant, as my office is in a warehouse kind of environment where there are no windows; and the ceiling is very high.  To hear the rain pelt against the roof meant that it was raining very, very hard.

A thin line of severe thunderstorms passed through the area in under 45 minutes.  By the time I got to my car, it was still cloudy, but had stopped raining.  Off to the east, I could see the dark, ominous looking clouds and numerous cloud to ground lightning strikes.

Once I got moving, I tuned the VHF/UHF radio immediately to the Middlesex County SkyWarn net on the K2GE, Sayreville repeater.  While Middlesex County was beginning to be hit hard, I advised the net that the action was already over in Somerset County (where I work) and that it wouldn't last long in Middlesex County.

Reports started coming in of some places receiving quarter sized hail and winds in the 40+ mph hour range, along with rainfall rates approaching 2 - 3 inches per hour.  As bad as that was, it seems that the NYC boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens bore the worst of it.  A funnel cloud was reported; and while it has not been confirmed as a tornado (as of yet), the resulting damage was plenty.  It could have been a macroburst as I heard reports on some of the NYC area repeaters of tree limbs ripping through buses; and people being dug out from under piles of falling debris.  There was also an unverified report of a man being killed by a tree falling on top of his car.

I'll have to make a point to watch the 11:00 news tonight to see just how bad NYC was hit.

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


Rob Carlson said...

On the news this morning I heard them say 100 mph winds in Brooklyn? Wow.

Larry W2LJ said...


On the 11:00 PM Channel 2 news, the weather person was relating the fact that WCBS has a remote weather station on one of the piers in Jersey Ciy. As the storm crossed the river, the anemometer recorded a 122 MPH wind gust.

BTW, the one fatality was a woman and not a man. She pulled her car over to the side of the Grand Central Parkway in Queens due to poor driving visiblity. A tree fell on the car and crushed her to death. Her two passengers survived with only minor bruises and scrapes.

Larry W2LJ