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!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The allure of DX

is a very good thing, but can be bad at times.  My buddy W3BBO describes it as an "obsession" or an "addiction".  I'd have to agree with him there. Once you get your first taste and get hooked, there's no turning back. Add QRP power to the mix and,  if you're addicted to challenges - stick a fork in you, you're done.

The bands were alive with signals again during lunchtime today.  But yet, I only worked two stations. My addiction got in the way. I worked Laci HA0NAR in Hungary, who I have worked many times before. I also worked LY10NATO, who asked me to spot him, as he was calling CQ without many takers.  Being in the car, away from the Internet, I didn't have that luxury.

My downfall came when I heard TX6G on 12 Meters. He was LOUD. 599+ loud at times.  I immediately thought, "Wow! THAT loud, here's my chance to work them QRP.".  Not today, Grasshopper, not today.

Undoubtedly, if I wasn't so hard headed, I could have worked at least three or four more stations in my limited time allotment.  However, my stubborn Polish side got the better of me, and I did a Don Quixote, and chased a windmill. 

The windmill won.

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

3 comments:

Matt KC4YLV said...

I heard TX6G on 12 too! Blowing up my lil' ole Windom here in Arkansas. Couldn't crack that nut even with 100 watts - don't feel bad. Nice post and I enjoy your blog! 73, KC4YLV

PE4BAS, Bas said...

Very recognizable and a nice example. Have had this many times. To work DX(peditions) strong or not you need time and/or luck. Had the same thing almost with ZL7AAA last weekend. He was strong on 15m but the pile-up was even stronger. I decided to tune along and made a nice QSO on 12 with the famous VU2RBI :-). 73, Bas

Jspiker said...

Hello Larry,

Yep...know where you're coming from about DX. I'll have an important announcement soon. Just waiting for the certificate. lol