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!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Titanic error on my part

I don't like to "steal" from my fellow bloggers; but I caught this on John N8ZYA's blog. It is worth sharing with those of you who might not read his blog (You're cheating yourself if you don't! Just saying!)  This "independent movie" is about 45 minutes long.  It's worth viewing to get an idea on how wireless was situated on seafaring vessels.

Now for the error as described in the post title. I didn't work any of the Titanic Special Event stations due to some pandemonium that has been enveloping me over the past few days.  With this Saturday being a full week past the anniversary day, I doubt any of them remain on the air.  Oh well, centennial observances, like the tides, wait for no man.

Oh - before I close. This rule change to QRPTTF appeared on QRP-L today:


While QRPTTF is open to all QRPers, I have always seen it as a "QRP-L" function. This is where it is administered and the QRPers on this list are those I attempt to satisfy and respond to.

Response to having additional SOTA stations on the air for QRPTTF has generally been positive. However, I underestimated the desire of QRPers to go climb their nearby mountain or feature, whether a SOTA summit or not. A few want to make a camping trip out of it. SOTA began and is headquartered in the UK. There are numerous US chapters. Not all states/call districts have a SOTA chapter, mostly due to no or few summits to survey or activate over 500 feet high. SOTA guidelines state that the minimum "prominence" for a summit is 100M or 300 feet. Sounds good enough for me. Therefore, we will also use this definition.

QRPTTF has been expanded from three to four categories and multipliers

X1 HOME station
X2 FIELD HILL station - operating on a hill from 3-300 feet above
average terrain
X3 SUMMIT station - operating from a "hill" or geological feature
300 feet or higher from the average terrain
X4 SOTA Summit - operating from a designated SOTA summit

I have received several emails from those wanting to operate from the largest darn "mountain" in their corner of the state, though not a SOTA summit, which in most cases will require a substantial effort. This rule change will allow you to do this and receive a X3 multiplier for the additional effort. In turn, operating from a designated SOTA summit is now X4.

This rule change has been updated on the website, rules and summary sheet
http://www.zianet.com/qrp/ or direct: http://www.zianet.com/qrp/QRPTTF/ttf.html

So for those of you who want to be a QRP "Mountain man" for the weekend, go
for it!

72, Paul NA5N

PS - Driving out to the VLA site today (54 miles from Socorro), it made me appreciate how we have to drive through or around three different mountain ranges, with numerous peaks from 9,000-12,000 feet. I always took them for granted. Not anymore. Average terrain here is about 4,700 feet, the VLA is at 7,000 feet.


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

1 comment:

Jspiker said...

Hi Larry,

Hey, it's on the World Wide Web. Hihi

Glad you're letting others know about the film too. I thought it was great. This one is a MUST for CW operators!