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!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Hobby Lobby and Home Depot

Will be two destinations on my agenda for the weekend.

On AmateurRadio.com, where this blog is "re-posted", Ed AD7GR planted the seed about constructing my own single lever paddle.  Take a look at his work here.

I do not have the tools necessary to fabricate a key on the order of his.  What beautiful work and craftsmanship!

But maybe for a few bucks I can buy some items and come up with a simple (keyword, there) serviceable single lever paddle on my own.  It may not look the best and may not work as beautifully as something crafted by Ed or Rich, WB9LPU (whom I admire greatly) - but there is something to be said for the journey of starting and following through on the attempt.

Who knows, maybe I'll learn a thing or two or three or four in the process (undoubtedly).  I already have some ideas that I will incorporate from various home brew single lever paddles that I have investigated via Google on the Web.  Maybe I'll name my rendition the Franken-key or something like that.

I will keep you all posted with full descriptions and photos - be it a success or a failure.

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

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