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, November 07, 2013

Sometimes life just kinda sucks

especially when you lose your dog, or your cat, or your goat.  This was re-posted by Alex K5UNY to the QRP Polar Bears e-mail reflector today:

"On 11/6/2013 2:31 PM, qrp.wg0at@... wrote:

It's with deep sorrow I have to make this announcement ..."Rooster" goat died suddenly last night of unknown causes ...his trail buddies will soon be scattering Rooster's ashes on many SOTA peaks throughout western NA.

The Boys --------Photo by Chuck/N6HUB

Farewell, Rooster! RIP ...we will really miss you but are so so grateful to have had you in our lives. ...Steve/Pam "

I couldn't see the picture taken by Chuck N6HUB, but here's one I found of "The Boys" on the Web:

Like a lot of you, I really enjoyed Steve's videos of his adventures with Rooster and Peanut.  It was obvious that they were special and were both loved and cared for very much.  I'm going to miss Rooster a lot, too. There's an almost indescribable numbness and emptiness that you feel deep in your heart when you lose an animal friend.  But as bad as the pain is, life is a whole lot better for the joy and happiness that we receive from our four legged friends while they are alive.  Or as Garth Brooks sang - "I could have missed the pain but I'd have had to miss the dance."

RIP, Rooster, job well done!

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


qrp ham guy said...

This is truly sad news.
73 Rooster

VE3WDM said...

Sorry to hear the news and as a pet owner I can understand the hurt.