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!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Back in the saddle again!

You have probably noticed my lack of activity on the blog for the past little while.  It's been a hectic, topsy-turvy couple of months.  Let me explain.

On New Year's Eve, my co-worker left work early, telling me that he "might be back" in a few hours.  Turns out that he was having some medical difficulties and checked himself into a hospital.  Fortunately, he healed and got better.  Unfortunately, he decided not to return to work, at least not where we work anyway.. So, since the beginning of the year, I have been alone at work, and have been busier than the proverbial "one armed wallpaper hanger". One man doing the work of two made the possibility of leaving my desk for the car during lunch just a wistful desire.  Add to that, numerous snows, a colder than normal January and February, and I'm not so sure I would have headed out there, even if I could have!

A replacement co-worker was hired and started yesterday. So today, even though it's overcast, it is warm (comparatively). It was 40F (4C) at lunchtime and I took advantage of not being alone anymore and headed out to the car for some lunchtime QRP for the first time since last December.  I wasn't sure what to expect, but boy howdy, did it turn out to be great!

It seemed liked all the higher bands were just jumping with activity - 10, 12 and 15 Meters were alive with signals and I worked someone on each band.  I worked  CO6RD and R2014E on 15 meters. I worked HA9RT and OH4MDY on 12 Meters, and OK1DMZ on 10 Meters. I wish I had more time as it seemed like there were people from just about everywhere on the bands!

Rockin' to and fro
Back in the saddle again
I go my way
Back in the saddle again  

 And it feels so good!

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


2E0HTS Simon said...

Nice post! Good to hear your getting back your dinner breaks! I know the feeling h.i Happy QRPing and best 73 Simon

Burke Jones - N0HYD said...

I finally got out today - so great minds think alike! The bands were still great today. I even worked Russia!