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 22, 2011

Reciprocal propagation - hah !!!

Sunday night, when I tried working K6JSS/0 in Missouri, that bad neighborhood QRN reared its ugly head, as I had mentioned  I'm not sure whether or not John N0EVH who was behind the key heard me or not, so I figured I'd have to try for another "insurance" QSO.

I saw K6JSS/0 spotted on 20 Meters on QRPSPOTS this evening and thought I would give it a go.  The station was pretty loud here in NJ,  569/579 and building.  I thought to myself, "OK, this is going to be a piece of cake!"  Not so, my friend, not so!  The EDZ and the Butternut made no difference.  I even ran upstairs for the PFR-3A thinking a different rig might sway my luck.  Nada, zip, zilch, nothing, donut hole, the big "0" - even though he was calling CQ and getting no takers! Maybe, just maybe he was experiencing some local noise himself and I was not able to break through the noise floor?  I guess anything is possible.

So much for being loud back to a station who is loud to you.  Most of the time, that rule of thumb holds up, but it sure didn't tonight.  I hope K6JSS/0 gives 40 Meters a try tonight - maybe I'll have better luck there.

Such are the trials and tribulations of the QRP op.

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


VE3WDM said...

Good morning Larry, have you been able to sort out the noise troubles yet?? Oh and good luck with K6JSS/0 this evening.

Jspiker said...

Hi Larry,

You're absolutely right about the propagation...really strange the last several days.

I was able to work him but I contacted several the last few days when the band has only been open for a few minutes and vanish.

I assumed he was QRP? It was a quick exchange and then he was gone. I was lucky....