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, September 21, 2011


That's what the 49'ers yelled when they struck gold in California - wasn't it?

I struck gold in California tonight by working K6JSS/6 - Cam N6GA on 15 Meters of all bands.  Who would have thought that 15 Meters would have been the money band to California at close to 8:30 PM local time?  But Cam bore with me and we got the QSO accomplished.  I got a 529 and sent a 549.  Not strong signals at the time; but as I sit here typing this, Cam's QRP signal is getting increasingly louder. He's almost a good 579 when the QSB isn't affecting him.  15 Meters at this time of day with such a lousy sunspot cycle!  If we were having a superb cycle, this wouldn't have struck me as odd.  But with the less than great propagation we've been having - I am surprised to say the least.

And speaking of accomplished - Cam is the editor/writer of the QRP column for CQ Magazine - double treat to have worked a "QRP Celebrity".

This QSO went a long way towards making my day, that's for sure!

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

1 comment:

Rem said...

Glad you got one of us California K6JSS ops Larry. I had QSOs with PA and MN last night as K6JSS but nothing further North or East.
I hope we have a QSO sometime.
73 BBQ Bear