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!

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Holy Backlog, Batman!

I must admit that I didn't pay too much attention to the recent and various comments on the e-mail reflectors about Log Of The World.  I use it, but I only upload a few times a year, so I don't really concern myself with it too much.

I uploaded a big batch of QSOs tonight and I see that my log will probably be processed in about 9 days. 9 days!  Wow!  It used to be a couple of minutes to an hour.  I'm glad I don't live by my seat of the pants for LOTW, like some guys do. That would be a real stomach acid producer.

Delving into another topic ....... comments on the blog.  All comments to this blog are moderated for spam, as you know.  Blogger used to be really good with filtering out spam comments.  For those of you who don't use Blogger, when moderation is used, comments go into one of two files - "Comments Awaiting Moderation" for legitimate comments, or "Spam" for spam (oddly enough).

It seems that lately more and more spammers are getting sophisticated enough to figure out how to get spam comments past Blogger's filters.  I am seeing a dramatic increase of spam comments in the "Awaiting Moderation" folder.  An easy way for me to manually filter the "Awaiting Moderation" folder is to look for comments with a name or call sign.  I will check those off and publish them. The one thing common to all spam comments is that they are left by "Anonymous".  So if you want to leave a comment, please attach your call or name. Otherwise it's going to be deleted.  There are literally close to 50 or 60 spam comments generated a day - and that's just what I find in the "Awaitng Moderation" folder.  There are lots more in the "Spam" folder and they are mostly for counterfeit knock off products from clothing to pharmaceuticals   They all get deleted and they are all left by that "Anonymous" guy.

My Pig Rig kit got delivered yesterday.  A small box - about the size of a 3 or 4 inch cube arrived from KitsandParts.com.  Yeah, I know ...... I have a KX3 and a K3 - what do I need a Pig Rig for?  Why, to build, of course!  Accuweather is saying that the temps are supposed to drop like a stone next week and that for the East Coast, the cold Winter weather may start in earnest and hang around for a bit.  Looks like I'll just have to keep warm by the emanations of my soldering iron.

Oh, but first I have to clean out the shack!  8-)

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

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