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!

Monday, May 06, 2013

A not inverted Vee

And I'm not talking about antennas .......

I'm talking about signal paths.

I managed two new accomplishments while waiting for the ARS Spartan Sprint tonight.  Tuning around on 17 Meters, I heard SU9AF in Egypt.  Not a new DXCC entity, as you might remember a blog post from back in early March where I worked SU9VB for my very first Egyptian QSO.  But this time I managed to work Andy SU9AF with just 5 Watts - so a new DXCC entity via QRP.

In the other direction of the Vee, I heard  Ed KH2L in Guam.  Guam would be a totally new one for me.  Ed was kind of loud and I thought I might have stood a chance with 5 Watts, so I tried - a lot!  The pile up was not big, but he wasn't hearing me, even when I was the only one calling. Then a W3 station started calling along with me and he was signing /QRP (that's something I never do).  He wasn't being heard, either.  It didn't look good for QRP signals from the 2nd and 3rd call districts. As Ed was starting to fade, I figured that it was going to be now or never for this chance to work Guam, so I bumped up the power to 85 Watts. Bingo - in the log - first call!

So one totally new DXCC entity and one new one via QRP.  I'll take it!

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


Jspiker said...

Hello Larry,

Great catch for both of them but especially Egypt with QRP! I've seen the Guam station spotted but can barely tell he's in there. For some strange reason, I don't go west very well. Still do NOT have Alaska and Hawaii in the book. Hihi


KL8DX said...

Larry, I agree with John, great catch!!!! My 703 is looking forward to summer outings. Once I drop my towers, it will be Buddipole and EndFedz only for me.