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!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Not quite Dayton

But I'm willing to lay down a bet that they didn't have one of THESE there! And no, it wasn't for sale!

I went to the OMARC Hamfest this morning - the hamfest for the Ocean Monmouth Amateur Radio Club.  Their club facilities and the hamfest are located on the grounds of Project Diana, which is located at the site of Camp Evans of  Fort Monmouth in Wall Township, NJ . Project Diana was the Signal Corps project to conduct the first ever EME transmissions - back in 1946. 

Actually this was not the first antenna.  The first one looked like this (below) and was immovable and EME attempts could only be made when the moon was in a certain part of the sky.

The steerable antenna came later; and has been restored as you can see in the first two pictures above.

And while the hamfest was small, it was somewhat of a success for me.  I purchased a nice looking DMM for $20.  I have a Radio Shack DMM, but the Analog to Digital Converter chip in it has a very annoying lag time.  You put the probe tips on the measuring point, and you literally have to wait a few seconds for the display to give you a voltage reading.  This meter that I purchased today, a Protek Model 6100 reads much faster.  Yeah, it's not a Fluke, but then again I don't own Begali paddles, either.

I also bought a T-shirt and a couple of Amateur Radio Active stickers.  

A large one to tack onto the shack door and a small one to slap on my tool box.

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


VE3WDM said...

Hey Larry I own a Begali key and a Fluke.......so what are you saying....:))
P.S. The Fluke was given to me and the key was a gift.

M6MDR said...

That dish is just what I need for improving my NOAA APT reception LOL