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!

Sunday, March 06, 2011

15 Meters is open

For those of you who might have time to fool around with the radio this morning, 15 Meters is open nicely to Europe (at least from the East Coast, that is).  I worked Alex RK3ER right after he worked Jim W1PID.  I couldn't hear Jim, of course, but Alex, who lives near Orel, was coming in nicely.

I've been doing more listening than anything, and I am hearing all sort of Russian stations as well as EW8U in Belarus, England, Bulgaria, etc.  It seems like the sun is definitely waking up from it's long slumber.

I heard and tried to work 4A4A yesterday afternoon on 15 Meters.  This is a DXpedition to the Revillagigedo Archipelago off the western coast of Mexico.  They will be there from March 3rd to the 20th.  They had a booming signal into NJ; but I couldn't seem to crack the pileup.  From looking at maps of my previous contacts, it seems I have trouble with my signal being heard in that direction. I think I will have to stick with the Butternut if I hope to crack this one.  The wire probably has a null in that direction.

Hopefully, I will get more air time this afternoon.  I can't do anything outside today, even though it's very warm, it is also quite rainy in NJ today.

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

1 comment:

VE3WDM said...

Good morning Larry, yes it is nice to see the sun spots and SFI up. We had rain all day on Saturday up this way and then it turned to snow last night and we woke up to about 6 inches of snow!!! I thought it was all over it was nice to see just grass and no snow....that is just a distant dream now. Well good luck with 4A4A.