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!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


I was browsing e-Bay today, looking into the possibility of perhaps bidding on an Acer for the shack.  For the heck of it, I decided to also look at my saved search for "QRP"  I came across this antenna:

Looks like a Buddipole - doesn't it?  In fact, a closer look reveals kind of a PAC-12/Buddipole hybrid:

The antenna is manufactured up in Canada and $185 US will get you one.  You need to supply your own mast and coax.  The Buddipole, on the other hand looks like this:

 $14 more will get you different arms, coax, a carrying case and the Versa-Tee.  I am not endorsing either antenna, it's just the first time I've ever seen a Buddipole "knockoff" made available.  I've seen plenty of guys copy Jim Bennet KA5DVS's PAC-12 antenna and offer it for sale; but never an iteration of the Buddipole.


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


Paul PC4T said...

Hi Larry, it really looks good. 73 Paul

MRiutort said...

Hi, yes and they sell the same half antenna to be use as vertical like the budstick. Never have one on hand to see how well and effective it is, but looks nice and strong.

Milton, NP4KT