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!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Getting old is a bummer

Not that 53 is that old.  But again, I embarrassed myself and I prefer to blame it on the onset of old age rather that my own silliness and stupidity.

I went to the Ham Radio Deluxe website the other day and was looking at the various versions of Ham Radio Deluxe 5.0.  I had version 2837 installed.  Looking quite hastily, I saw February 24th and downloaded the software thinking it was version 2949.

It was actually version 2494 and the date was February 24th - but the year was 2010.

Then to make matters worse, I went on the Yahoo Groups HRD message board and asked why I lost the ability to configure the names of the Custom Fields.  Hello!!!!  Perhaps it's because you're using a software version that's over a year old?  Talk about feeling mortified.  I feel like I should send my A-1 Operators Club certificate back to the League!

There are days when perhaps it's better to not get out of bed.

On the bright side, I did manage to work Drew K9CW as K6JSS/9 in Illinois tonight. Drew was 589 into NJ and I got a 579 back on the G5RV.  That's the best RST I've gotten using the G5 in quite a while.  Pretty good for a guy who can't seem to walk and chew gum at the same time (that would be me).

As far as the replacement antenna goes, I located my window line and wire for the legs, as well as the 4:1 balun while I was looking for the Vibroplex weights.  All I need is the Ladder-Grabber and some free time on an upcoming weekend (and some nice weather wouldn't hurt, either).

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


VE3WDM said...

We all have our moments Larry.

Jeff Davis said...

And I keep walking into a room to do something specific only to scratch my head trying to figure out just what...

73, Jeff