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!

Sunday, January 26, 2014


I am pondering the possibility of acquiring a single lever paddle, possibly the Bengali Simplex Mono, with the palladium base.

I have always been more comfortable with single lever paddles, and have always used any iambic paddles that I have owned that way. I am not a squeeze keyer.

The Sculpture Mono would be great, but the price tag is too hefty for my wallet. Any of you readers have a recommendation for a good single lever paddle other than Begali? Maybe there's a good one out there that I am not aware of?

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


Anonymous said...

The American Morse Bushwhacker is pretty good.

Also, the Sideswiper Net webpages feature some single lever paddles.

Alan G0RWB

George Sereikas said...

Larry, I haven't used a Begali Simplex Mono, but used to own a Begali Simplex Iambic. It is an outstanding key for the money. I have owned several Begali keys and currently have a Sculpture Iambic. You cannot go wrong. Honestly, they all operate verymuch the same, but the style, feel and form factor (and price!) varies. I would strongly recommend the Begali. Once you have used one, you will see why they are so well regarded. The workmanship and customer service is outstanding. Just my $.02. Good luck with your decision!


Mike McShan said...

I, too, am a single-lever guy; my sending took a big upswing when I abandoned iambic keying. I will say that I also like the Bushwhacker paddle. It's certainly not as high-end as a Begali but is solid as a rock and works well.

73, Mike W5RST