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!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mad enough to spit nails

I was chasing Saudi Arabia on 17 Meters tonight. 7Z1HL was on the air and was working mostly W/VE stations. I boosted up the power to 90 Watts and joined in the fray. I have never worked Saudi Arabia before, so this would have been a new one.

Finally - finally he comes back to W2L? So I start sending my call several times. Can someone, for the love of Pete, please tell me why a W6 station would start calling on top of me when 7Z1HL clearly asked for "W2L?"?

I didn't make it through, so again he sends, "W2L?". Again, the same W6 station takes it upon himself to QRM me. Sadly, all I got for my effort was "SRI W2L? QRM NIL". And he moved on.

Nuts! - for lack of a more appropriate sentiment.

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

1 comment:

Floyd, KK3Q said...

SO right you are. I run about 75 watts into a ground mounted Zero Five vertical. DX comes on a band and starts running by the numbers and it seems to always go like this:

DX: 2-land, any twos?
Caller: Victor Echo Six...
DX: any two's, now three's, any three'?
Caller: Victor Echo Six...


It isn't to say that just Canadians QRM. The intention was to show how no one listens to what's going on. If you hear a DX station calling "W2L" and you're a "Victor Echo Six..." then the DX is probably NOT calling you. What's the old saying? "Listen, listen, and then listen some more before you transmit."