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, October 14, 2010

New hat

I was looking at some posts on Twitter the other day; when I noticed that my friend Gerry N2GJ recently got a brand new call sign hat from Astrid's Embroidery & Quilts.  The picture that was posted was very nice and soon had me wanting one of my own. 

I placed an order on Monday.

It's Thursday and it's in my hands!  How is that for service?

 Here's a picture of my son Joey, wearing the cap.  He makes for a much better model than me.

In addition to your call sign, you can add the ARRL logo, like I did.  You can also add a second line of text; and best of all, it doesn't have to be your name.  I added a description of my Ham Radio passions in one simple line - QRP & CW.  And on the side, you can add a graphic, such as the flapping American flag, like I did.  If you want, there are also graphics available of a microphone, straight key, SkyWarn logo, etc.  You can really do a fantastic job of customizing your hat to just about anyway you'd like it.  If you're a member of the NAQCC or SKCC, then there are special pages that you might just want to check out!

Todd W8MC provides a quality item here.  This ain't no flimsy, chintzy hat.  This is one you will be proud to wear for years to come. 

Last spring, I lost my ARRL 2009 Field Day hat in a gust of wind during a rain storm.  Up until now, that hat was my all time favorite.  I've got a new favorite now!

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


Anonymous said...

I did a post about Astrid back in July (http://www.amateurradio.com/3-reasons-why-you-should-buy-a-callsign-hat/). Great people and it's good to support a fellow ham when we buy stuff. Thanks for the post, Larry.

73 Matt

PE4BAS, Bas said...

Hi Larry, great hat it looks very good on your son. I guess you have to order one for him too. 73, Bas

Paul - PC4T said...

Hello Larry, nice hat and and good looking son. I called your new header also a hat. ;-) The header is a little too small. That's a pity, so I send you by mail a larger one (950px) if you want, you can replace it. 73 Paul

Larry W2LJ said...


Thanks so much! It's a perfect fit now - no blue. I am a dummy when it comes to such things.

Larry W2LJ

Paul - PC4T said...

Hi Larry, your welcome. But I send another picture, because now it's a bit too big. 4 or 5 pixels. If you want to replace, then go ahead. If your satisfied the way it is, you can leave it. Have a nice weekend, 73 Paul