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, August 12, 2014

Special Event Alert

This coming weekend is International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. Here's an article I caught online:


I've had the opportunity to work various lighthouses and lightships the world over throughout the years and it's always been fun.  Back when the Piscataway Amateur Radio Club was in its hey-day, we activated the Twin Lights Lighthouse in Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

That was a few years back, and my memory is fuzzy on the details.  We did a lot of special event stations as a club, and I don't think this activation was actually connected to ILLW.  It may have been, but I don't recall it being so. 

New Jersey is home to eleven lighthouses. They are:
I'm not sure how many, if any, will be activated for ILLW Weekend.  Even though the Skeeter Hunt falls the weekend before ILLW Weekend, maybe next year we can make lighthouses part of the theme and do some "pre-activations".  What say?

Here's a little video "advertising" a Spanish lighthouse that will be activated this coming weekend. The link was provided by fellow ETS clubmember, Don K2DSV.  This definitely gets the juices flowing, thinking about all the exotic lighthouses that will be on the air this coming weekend.

A special thanks to Paul VA3PAW. He posted to QRP-L a link to all the ILLW Stations that plan to be active this coming weekend.


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


Paul VA3PAW said...

Hi Larry, the list of entrants (activated lighthouses) is posted at illw.net

Paul VA3PAW said...

Larry, you're very welcome! Many stations were on the air but NAQP made it a bit challenging to get a free spot for some time. Hope you worked some neat lighthouse this weekend.

I had a great time helping activate Gibraltar's Point lighthouse CA0039 this weekend with VE3TNC team on Toronto Islands.


73! Paul VA3PAW