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, September 25, 2011

Good day for the higher bands

Between chores and other duties, I managed to find some "On The Air" time for station W2LJ today.  It was quite a treat as propagation was favored in the higher bands today.  20 Meters was open today as well; and I managed QSOs on the 20, 12 and 10 Meter bands.  DX was plentiful to find; and while I didn't work any new countries, I did manage QSOS with fellow Hams in the Slovak Republic, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Mexico, England and the good ol' U.S. of A.

I think these bands being open is such a novelty that stations were just rushing through QSOs in the fears that the bands could close at any second.  Unfortunately, my DX QSOs were not ragchews, but more of the DXpedition "599 TU" kind of QSOs.  I long for the days when the bands will be open for long periods of time and DX QSOs can be not so rushed and more leisurely.  I remember back to my Novice days, when contacts with DX stations were ragchews, just like any stateside contact.  I still have a lot of QSLs from back in those days that contained letters and photographs that picked up where the radio QSO ended.  I enjoyed those immensely and I sincerely hope that they have not gone the way of the dinosaurs.

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

1 comment:

John AE5X said...

Hi Larry, I think you're right about the rushed QSOs. It seems people just wanted to "make hay while the sun was shining" afraid that it might end too soon.