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, April 11, 2013

Bunch o' stuff

There's a bunch of stuff I wanted to cover today.

The first is totally unrelated to Ham Radio; but I found it fascinating.  Today, the Congressional Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously to Fr. Emil Kapaun, a Catholic priest and Army Chaplain who courageously served our country in WWII and the Korean Conflict.  He died a POW at the hands of the Chinese in North Korea.  The story of how he conducted himself as a POW and as a leader of men is, to use an overused word, awesome (in the truest sense of the word). After finishing reading the eight part story, all I could think of was "Wow!".  Follow this link for the story about the humble, brave and holy man : http://www.kansas.com/kapaun/

Secondly - this comes from the "I ordered me one" department.  The Four State QRP Group introduced a new kit today. I immediately ordered one. It's called the "Force Link" but is spelled 4S-Link.  It is an interface between your radio and computer for the digital modes. All you need in one totally complete kit for $40.  You can't beat that with a stick!

It was designed by Dave Cripe NMØS and if it's like everything else that the Four State QRP Group offers, it will be a home run.  I would suggest ordering early before the first run gets all sold out.

Thirdly - Is it just me, or can't anyone think of something better to do with $120.00? http://tinyurl.com/cvgkce6   Pardon me for saying so; but I have a hard time believing that this is worth it.  I could be wrong though (pssst ..... that's been known to happen - a lot!).

Lastly, I was looking through the ARRL's Webpage today and was looking at the list of QRP DXCC awards given out.  I was surprised that I recognized so many call signs and names.  Either I have personally worked these QRPers, or I know them from various postings to the various QRP e-mail reflectors. Here's the list of call signs that hit my eye:

WA9ETW (listed as WA9ET – Mark, they have you listed incorrectly.)
WB2LQF (listed as WB2LQ – Stan, they have you listed incorrectly)

I think this tallied out to be about a fifth of all the call signs listed there. I'm sure a lot of you recognize a lot of these calls too, as they are all pretty active QRPers.

Anyway, that's it from me for tonight. I'm going to head down to the basement and see what's what on the bands.

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


VE3WDM said...

Good morning Larry, the antenna looks like a miracle whip knock off. The miracle whip antenna is close to 200.00.

Larry W2LJ said...

Thanks, Mike!

It is? I didn't know that. Being the curmudgeon that I am, then the original is not worth it, either IMHO.

73 de W2LJ

South East Kansas Flyfisher said...

Hello Larry,
I went and read the story of Father Kapaun. Somehow I knew parts of the story. Either way I sat and cried reading of this mans faith and courage. Thanks for sharing de Paul N0NBD