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!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Stark difference

I didn't get much time on the air today; but I did hear both T32C and TX7M on the bands.

Wow!  What a difference in operating philosophy.  T32C was still pounding away at what - maybe 23 WPM, and sending their call after each and every contact.  You definitely knew who it was that you were chasing. The other thing I noticed during my various QSOs with T32C was that they also rang true when they sent "T32C UP 1" or "T32C UP 2".  I'm not sure, but I'd be willing to bet that helped to keep down the massive sprawl that occurs in and around these DXpedition frequencies.

TX7M, on the other hand, was sending probably at a speed of about 25 - 26 WPM (very copyable) and was sending their call only every now and then.  I was hearing something more like, "OM3XYZ TU 73 UP".

Different strokes for different folks, I guess; but the impression I received was that the T32C experience was less frenetic, and more "in control".  Perhaps a bit more polished and definitely less pandemonium. YMMV.

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


W0EA said...

I tweeted a message to their twitter account about it. It's really hard to work them this way. Never know when to call and the pileups are a zoo.


Todd Mitchell, NØIP said...

TX7M was my first-ever DXpedition QSO this evening (after I finally ran the coax through the wall to hook up my New Carolina Windom).

Man, my new antenna must really be working great. They gave me a 599! :)