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, November 10, 2012

2012 Zombie Shuffle has been moved

to Christmas time!

From Paul NA5N:

"Zombies, World Wide DX Contests, Sweepstakes, etc. made it impossible to schedule a nice, enjoyable Zombie Shuffle around Halloween, particularly on the traditional Friday evening. We were ready to schedule it for this Friday, Nov. 7. Then came Hurricane Sandy that has left some of our QRP friends without antennas, and some still without electricity. I have been unable to email two of our arranged Elvis stations, presumably due to no electricity or internet yet. I don't know how many are still recovering from Sandy.
So here's the deal ...

The Zombie Shuffle for 2012 has been scheduled for: FRIDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 21, 2012

That's right, the very last day of the Mayan calendar, which conveniently falls on a Friday. As most of you know, this could very well be the end of the world. At least that's what they say. Zap - lights out for the human race. What a better way for a QRP Zombie to go than with his/her earphones and boots on? When the great galactic cataclysm or Planet X hits, I want to be on the air. Vaporized with all my QRP Zombie friends. I know you feel the same.

No major contests that night; hopefully a few hours on the air the Friday before Christmas won't interfere with your family or holiday plans. It might even keep you out of WalMart or Target for the night. That probably just saved you $150!

I'll update the rules, summary sheet and website this weekend and get them posted. If you have any unique ideas for the Zombie Shuffle on how to spend your last few minutes on planet Earth, let me know.

In the meantime, if you don't have a Zombie number, you can request one by an email to Jan, the Witchess and Grand Zombie at n0qt@arrl.net. Don't wait - this could be your last chance. Nobody wants to go out without a number!

72, Paul NA5N Zombie #004

PS - In the slim chance we survive December 21, we'll have a regular old Zombie Shuffle again next year, likely the Friday after ARRL Sweepstakes."

So there you go - I know Christmas and Zombies aren't what you'd call a "good fit" - but Paul humorously tied the event into the end of the Mayan calendar - or have some have called it - "The Coming Zombie Apocolypse"!  In any event, it's always a fun sprint.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!
Zombie # 858

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