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, January 26, 2011

Snow is a 4 letter word!

We've gotten about 4 - 6 inches so far today.  Right now, it's freezing rain and sleeting.  In the next hour or so, the muck is supposed to turn back to heavy snow.  About another 10 inches or so by the morning.  Eegads! Add to the muck the fact that we've also been experiencing some on and off thundersnow throughout the evening.  Nice touch!

On the bright side, in between bouts of thundersnow,  I did eek out a QSO with John AE5X as K6JSS/5 tonight - and I really do mean eek out.  It was tough.  John was 449 here on 7.111 MHz; but the QSB was a wild, untamed beast.  John would go from a very copyable 449 to ESP in milliseconds, and then back up again.  Definitely like riding a roller-coaster.  We exchanged RSTs and really not much else except very brief greetings and salutations.  I am listening to him now as he slid up to 7.1115 MHz to avoid some QRM.  He's calling CQ over and over - he needs some takers!

I have to thank John for his very fine pair of earbones, that he was able to pull my QSB signal out of the aether.  John and his K3 - a very good combination!

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


Anonymous said...

Also a 5-letter word...awful. It is interesting that these storms are more coastal. Not that there isn't snow in central NYS, but the coast seems to be hit the most. 73 Dick N2UGB

Jeff, KE9V said...


The rust-belt Heartland where I live is looking better all the time. ;-)

Sorry for your repeated snowfalls and hope you survive what's still to come!

73 de Jeff KE9V