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, April 25, 2012

Went with the DCP

I broke down and ordered an American Morse Equipment DCP Paddle kit.  The XYL doesn't know it yet, but this will be her birthday gift to me.  I figure this way I eliminate two birds with one stone - I get something I really want / need AND I eliminate the need for her to go out shopping.

I'll let her know that when she sees a package from American Morse to just wrap it and hand it to me on the appropriate day.

I chose the DCP for several reasons.

1) Price point - with shipping, we come in under $50.
2) Size - only 2.5 Ounces, and very small footprint - 1 1/2 x 1 7/8 x 1 3/16 Inch
3) Reputation - American Morse has a good reputation and deservedly so. They use the best materials.
4) Reviews - Favorable reviews on eHam.  I know, reviews on eHam aren't always reliable; but they DO let you know when something out there is garbage.

Now I have to figure out what I am going to get my wife.  Her birthday is two days after mine - but I have a good idea of what she wants, so it should be fairly easy.

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


VE3WDM said...

Larry congrat's on your choice and with the reasons you outlined in the blog how could you go wrong....but do give a review of the key once you have it for some time and using it.

Jspiker said...

Ditto...always looking for a good lightweight quality key to take on the road. Looks very nice!

Anonymous said...

I have two keys from AME. They are both excellent. I am certain you will enjoy your DCP. 73, Frank KA8SYV

Pierre said...


I have one and it works remarkably well. Ideal for portable work.

It is very small and that is somewhat of a problem. Can be attached to a base plate.


Bert, PA1B said...

Hello Larry, light weight is a great avantage on holiday with a plane. I built myself a light weight paddle from wood and PVC in 2007, which I use with my FT-817 with on board circuit for a paddle. Last year we went to the Azores and had great fun with it. Good luck with the paddles. 73, Bert