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, January 31, 2013


A hearty thanks to Randy K7AGE and Ken KK4EIR for their comments on AmateurRadio.com regarding my shack clean up.  Each of them mentioned how the metal folding chair that I use must be uncomfortable.

Indeed, they nailed it right on the head.  This thing (on which I am now sitting) is very uncomfortable.  And if I sit too long, my lower back and hips start to complain. So for long operating and building stints, I have to get up and move around, or I will pay for it later.But until they brought that to my attention, I just lived with it and didn't give it too much thought.

So I went to the Staples.com site and looked at office chairs, and I found this one.

It was available at a very decent price (on special).  I know it's not a super cushy leather job like a Fortune 500 Company CEO would use; but I can't afford one of those.  This is a budget office chair, and I'm on a budget -  I guess it's a match made in Heaven.

I placed an order and am having it delivered to the local Staples here in South Plainfield.  It should be available for pickup on Monday. So I guess I'll just have to tough it out for a few days more.

I put a piece of remnant carpet down where the chair will be so that the casters don't get all mucked up from the concrete floor.  This is turning out better than I thought and I am really starting to enjoy coming down here a lot more than I had before - and I've always enjoyed my shack a lot, even when it was a pig sty.

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


Jspiker said...

Hello Larry,

A very wise choice indeed and worth every penny to spare the aching back!
A small lumbar cushion is worth it's weight in gold too. hihi

Julian Moss said...

I had years of back trouble as a consequence of a cheap, uncomfortable chair. Now I have an Aeron. Not cheap, but I went through several cheaper chairs until I got to the point where I would pay any amount if it stopped the back pain.

Julian, G4ILO