September 2021 QRP/CW Sprint (#203)
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See General Sprint Rules for rules common to every NAQCC sprint.
RULES specific to this month's sprint:
Date and time:
Thursday, September 16, 2021, 0030-0230 Z
N2CN Comments - Cross-checking is complete. Email comments, questions, or corrections to me at the address above. Scores will be final as of 2400Z, Sunday, September 26, 2021.
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
KN1H 16 16 32 12 384 x2 768 400' END FED WIRE
WB1GYZ 13 13 26 10 260 x2 520 Sloping Vee
KB1CKT 8 8 16 7 112 x2 224 ZS6BKW at 40'
W2SH 27 27 54 18 972 x2 1944 270' cf dpl @ 45'
KA2KGP 27 27 54 17 918 x2 1836 G5RV up 25'
AC2YD 18 18 36 12 432 x2 864 1/4-wave fan vertical, 32 radials
W2JEK 16 16 32 12 384 x2 768 110 ft end fed wire up 20 ft
K2CWM 10 10 20 8 160 x2 320 Vertical (elevated)
KN2G 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 7ft buddipole on the truck luggage rack
KC3MIO 24 24 48 15 720 x2 1440 Doublet 125' @ 40'
KE3V 18 17 35 11 385 x2 770 80m horizontal loop @ 20ft
KD3CA 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 OCF Windom @55 ft
WG8Y 33 33 66 16 1056 x2 2112 40-80 DP @35ft & HF2V@40m
KC5F 30 30 60 16 960 x2 1920 80m end fed half wave at 40'
WT4U 24 24 48 13 624 x2 1248 132' end-fed Inv V @ 35'
W4NLT 15 15 30 11 330 x2 660 40 M dipole at 30ft
WX4RM 15 15 30 11 330 x2 660 6BTV gnd mtd vert
K4JPN 16 16 32 10 320 x2 640 80 M CF Zepp
NA4O 10 10 20 6 120 x2 240 OCF@25'
WA4CHQ 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 Delta Loop, apex at 40'
KC2DQV 6 6 12 3 36 x2 72 dipole @ 15 feet
W1BLU 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 End fed @ 36'
N4FI 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 40 meter dipole in the attic
W4HH 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 end-fed 150-ft wire 20 feet up
KI4DEF 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 135 ft inverted L at 40 ft
N5GW 16 16 32 11 352 x2 704 doublet at 25'
AC5BX 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 G5RV over house
KE9DR 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 80M LOOP @70FT
K6GPB 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 65' end fed 15' high
N7KM 31 29 60 22 1320 x2 2640 OCF DIPOLE @40FT
NF8M 26 26 52 13 676 x2 1352 6BTV, 80m dipole+Beverage
WB8LZG 10 9 19 7 133 x2 266 dipoles @ 30'
NX8Y 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 Fan Dipole up 50'
N8GZ 7 7 14 4 56 x2 112 Hustler 5 BTV ground mounted
KC9IL 45 41 86 20 1720 x2 3440 G5RV at 45 feet.
WB9HFK 38 37 75 21 1575 x2 3150 Hustler 6BTV Gnd Mtd with 60 Radials
K9QEW 10 10 20 10 200 x2 400 4BTV (GP)
KA9FQG 10 10 20 9 180 x2 360 G5RV at 37 ft.
N8HWV 11 9 20 7 140 x2 280 EFHW AT 15 FT
KD0V 23 23 46 12 552 x2 1104 cf Zepp @ 30 feet
AA0W 20 20 40 13 520 x2 1040 Dipole @ 30 Feet
AA5LH 10 7 17 7 119 x2 238 25' Delta Loop
NO2D 9 9 18 6 108 x2 216 80 M doublet at 30 feet
VE3IIM 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 fan dipole...160-10 metres at 30 feet
CO8CML 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Inverted "V" dipole @ 15'
SWA - BUG CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
W1ND 15 14 29 12 348 x1.5 522 124.5' (Plus or minus) Random Wire Up 35
N1JI 8 8 16 7 112 x1.5 168 163 doublet @ 25'
WA2FBN 8 8 16 6 96 x1.5 144 EFHW sloper at 25ft
K3RLL 20 20 40 13 520 x1.5 780 G5RVjr @ 35'
NN3E 7 7 14 6 84 x1.5 126 40-80 dipole inverted V @ 50 '
KJ4R 26 26 52 16 832 x1.5 1248 134' EFHW
NF5U 25 24 49 14 686 x1.5 1029 40m/80m trap dipole at 33ft
K5GQ 15 14 29 13 377 x1.5 565 dipole @ 17 feet
N7QR 1 1 2 1 2 x1.5 3 Butternut gnd mtd vert w/o radials
AA9L 9 9 18 8 144 x1.5 216 Trap dipole @ 50 feet
SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
KB1M 12 12 24 8 192 192 40 M EFHW
N2JJF 10 10 20 8 160 160 end fed 67feet long up 25 feet
N2ESE 5 5 10 5 50 50 20and40mtr dipoles
KC3RN 17 17 34 9 306 306 G5RV Junior @ 35 feet
AC5XK 10 10 20 10 200 200 DIPOLE @ 40 FEET
K4BAI 55 55 110 26 2860 2860 20M dip 30',88' cf zepp 40', 40M dip 35'; 80M inv
WB4OMM 48 47 95 20 1900 1900 G5RV at 35 feet
N4MJ 43 43 86 21 1806 1806 40M Windom @ 50 feet
K4KRW 27 26 53 19 1007 1007 Inverted V @65'
K4KBL 24 23 47 13 611 611 inverted V at 50'
NS4V 12 9 21 11 231 231 20% OCF 80 M Windom at 50' running E/W
W4OEP 11 10 21 8 168 168 fan dipole at 30 ft
W4CMG 2 2 4 2 8 8 G5RV Inverted vee up 35 ft
K5WX 20 20 40 11 440 440 G5RV inverted Vee at 40 feet
WI5H 16 16 32 12 384 384 OCFVee @ 33ft
KE5YUM 1 1 2 1 2 2 80 NVIS DIPOLE AT 25 FEET
KF7Z 10 10 20 8 160 160 dpl@ 25'
N7PHI 1 1 2 1 2 2 DX commander vertical
WI8J 13 13 26 11 286 286 130 ft EFHW at 20 ft
WA8SAN 13 13 26 9 234 234 End Fed Wire @ 25 ft
NG8S 6 6 12 5 60 60 Long wire up 30 feet
NN9K 43 42 85 23 1955 1955 130ft end-fed @25ft
KY0Q 16 16 32 11 352 352 EFHW 35 ft
K9EYT 9 8 17 7 119 119 G5rv
KD9LTN 6 6 12 6 72 72 efhw inverted vee up 50 feet
N0TA 32 31 63 17 1071 1071 Doublet at 25 ft
N8LA 12 12 24 10 240 240 dipole @ 35'
K0EW 3 3 6 3 18 18 OCF dipole @ 25'
WD0K 1 1 2 1 2 2 R7000 vertical uo 20 feet
KC2MJT 1 1 2 1 2 2 endfed sloper 15' to 0.1'
VE3DQN 10 9 19 6 114 114 80/40 trap dipole @20ft
VE3GNU 4 4 8 4 32 32 DXCC@40'
VE3HUR 2 2 4 1 4 4 dipole @ 3 metres
DK1VD 4 4 8 4 32 32 gnd mtd vert
GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
@W7XT 4 4 8 2 16 16 dipole 35', Hexbeam 25'
Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s):
$ QRO power
|SWA STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY|
|SWA BUG CATEGORY|
|SWA KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY|
|GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY|
|FIRST TIME ENTRANT HIGH SCORE|
|PRIZE DRAWING WINNER|
Logs submitted: 90
Total participants: 127
Total QSOs: 1276
States + Provinces represented: 38 + ON + DX
N2ESE - Had to QRT Bad Thunderstorms!
W4HH - Gud condx on 40; heard a lot of stations; could operate only half-hour, enjoyed it all.
WA4CHQ - I couldn't spend much time working the sprint, but I had fun the thirty minutes I did. Rig was the FT-817d. Band wasn't too bad! 72
KC2MJT - Could only load 20m on my random wire. Nonetheless, had a hoot the 50 minutes I played. Nice to hear flying pigs also playing tonight
K3RLL - What a great evening! Many thanks to the thoughtful op who invited the sunspots back to our party tonight. :-) Usually get my ten and run but was delighted to have stations still calling me so stuck around another 20 min. What fun! QRP Forever!! 72/73 ... Don
K4KBL - Great time ! Only on for an hour all on 40 meters. Band seems to be getting better these days.
KE9DR - N7KM was booming in from UT on 20m tonight
N0TA - 20m started well, but few stations. 40m was excellent. Thanks for the Q's. K3, doublet, Amplidian key, NAQCC Sprint Logger.
N1JI - At the last minute I decided to dust off my 1948 Vibroplex Deluxe Original bug and use it in the sprint. Many thanks to everyone who copied my less-than-perfect sending!
K9QEW - Only worked one hour. Actually made a contact on 20m early.
A few stations I could not pull out of the noise and QSB.
IC 7300, J38 key to a 4BTV. 72&73s STAY TUNED!
WB1GYZ - 80 meters was surprisingly sparse tonight. Winter's coming... it'll pick up, or so they say.
WX4RM - Good conditions tonight on 20 meters allowed contacts to the western states, and 40 meters gave good north/south contacts on the east coast. Rain here in the mountains, helped my ground radials get the signal out a little better :)
KY0Q - A fun time! Activity seemed pretty good.
KC5F - Plenty of QSOs on all 3 bands, which helped with SPCs. Loads of fun, even with lots of QRN tonight. Thanks, all!
AA9L - Haven't been sprinting for a while. Good to be back.
Thanks for all that copied my scratchy dots.
N8GZ - TNX to WB9HFK for sticking with me...the band opened and closed during our QSO. Great night as always! Thanks to all. "72"
K5WX - Fairly good tonight! Was hearing N7KM Utah all night on 20 and 40. And worked WB4OMM on three bands. Is there a certificate for that?!! Fun night.
KE3V - It was a great night for radio. There were signals on each band I tried. 72/73 to all.
W1ND - Rough one, lots of QRN from the passing storms. Had my headphones on to pull signals out of the muck and missed the fact that we had passing T-Storms.
Got a few on 20M, a few on 40M, and 80M was back to the workhorse band this month.
Might be the last NAQCC Sprint from our home QTH as our home just went under contract today.
W4CMG - Late class tonight, but I managed to get in a couple QSOs during the last 10 minutes of of the sprint.
W1BLU - Fun but much QRN/QSB. Naturally I keep returning for more QRP!
KF7Z - Happened on the contest with about 30 minutes left, and had a great time. Been away for most of the summer but getting going again now. Nice to hear John K4BAI in Georgia. All QSOs posted to LOTW but if you need a card just drop me one and I will return one. Thanks for the Qs. KF7Z
KB1CKT - Heard N7MK but couldn't make it, bummer, would have been a new state for me. Used SW-40+ at 2W with Bencher RJ-1 straight key to ZS6BKW dipole.
WA2FBN - Fun sprint tonight; 40m band was pretty good. Tnx 72 Ken
K4KRW - Fun night. OHR-500 with DD-1 and Begali Pearl paddles. I got a few on 20m. The rest were 40m. I tried 80m but didn't hear anything. Lots of nice signals tonight. The band was a little noisy. Thanks everyone!
KN1H - Had planned on an 8:30 start but didn't get home until 9:45! Fortunately found conditions on 40 and 80 excellent with low noise in spite of TStorms that went through here just before. Great to work KJ4R and KC3RN on both bands.
KC9IL - The first hour on 40 meters was pretty good, then I had to start hunting around. Got some on 80, then came back to 40. Finished up with a super strong station in Idaho. Turns out he was running a KW. Noise levels not too bad. Thanks everyone for joining in the fun!
NO2D - Perhaps 20 meters will stay open later when the sunspots return in force. Otherwise 40 meters seemed better tonight. Always fun. Thanks to all who make the sprints possible. Pete, NO2D
WG8Y - Hi all, My best effort in a long spell. Listened but no 20m here tonite. Went to 40m & worked 18Q's in 30 minutes. 40 was good but then the dog wanted out.
No one here but me so took a break then mainly S&P the rest of the Sprint. Missed a couple in the noise.Sorry I couldn't pull you out of the QRN.
72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y
KJ4R - Missed last month. Got the day wrong and by the time I realized it, the Sprint was over. Started out on 20. Band seemed to be in good shape but few stations around. Moved to 40 and found it to be good overall but some QSB. Highlight was getting called by DK1VD (Thanks Fred!) Took me a few tries to get his call with the QSB and my ears were not expecting a DK prefix. Moved to 80 with about 10 mins left and worked a few. Sorry to a few that called me and I never could piece together a full call with the noise and QSB. Thanks to all for the contacts. FTDX3000 @ 5W to EFHW
WB9HFK - 40M for entire 2 hours. I thought conditions were pretty good - some QSB was troublesome at times. Thanks for all the QSO's and see everyone next time! 72, Mark WB9HFK
K2CWM - No big score fer me, but it was fun.
Switched between my Lionel J38 and Kent straight keys. 5 watts to a multi-band vertical.
AC2YD - It's reassuring to hear some LOUD QRP signals! Best catch was KF7Z in WY on 40m; tnx ur good ears! Rig: Softrock RXTX Ensemble, Quisk s/w transceiver, 1/4-wave fan vertical, 32 radials.
W7XT - First time for this contest. Only got in the first 15 minutes, and the last 20.
VE3DQN - Hearing lots of signals tonight on 40m.
WB4OMM - WOWWEE!!! Whadda great night! Started on 20M and almost every signal was 599; made 27 Qs on a quiet band until it gave out 45 minutes into the Sprint. Went to 40M, signals were pretty good - some QSB but that band was almost quiet - made another 14 Qs then went to 80M at 0200....noisy, lotsa QSB but still managed 7 more Qs. 48 Qs in 20 states, ME and CO were the big Dx for me here. Very pleased to work W2SH and K5WX on all three bands! Poor KC5F...my apologies - the power here blinked, and I had to restart the radio and software. I could not raise you on my return. Worked a lot of 5 number members! Glad to see you! First time using N1MM+ instead of GenLog - what a pleasure...adjustable windows and the keying was much smoother. But GenLog was a great pal for all of the years I used it. 72 to all, see you in the Anniversary Sprint next month! Steve WB4OMM
W2JEK - Good contest 40 was busy and 80 also in good shape. Had a good time Rig Kenwood TS-570D at 5W.
72 DON W2JEK
KI4DEF - Tuna Tin 2 at 400 mW to 135 ft inv L up 40 ft. Heard many on 40m; worked two--tnx NN9K Pete and K4BAI John for good ears! 72, Kevin KI4DEF
N8HWV - 40m in decent shape. Always great when I find you guys on 80m, too. Thank you.
N7QR - 58th sprint - KX3 @ 5 Watts, 1958 Vibroplex, Butternut HF6V
gnd mtd vert w/o radials for the first hour. Nothing on 20,
80 was all noise. 40 was pretty noisy but I got to work
N7KM with a solid signal from UT. Also heard N0TA but I
could not raise him. Maybe next time. Russ, Portland OR
N7KM - NICE CONDITIONS FIRST ON 20 THEN 40 METERS. I OPERATED OUT UNDER THE TREES IN MY BACKYARD. I USED MY K2 BATTERY POWERED. I'M SORRY TO A COUPLE OF GUYS I WASN'T ABLE TO FINISH WITH BECAUSE OF QRM. THE SKIP WAS ALMOST TOO GOOD AT TIMES. NICE ACTIVITY AND LOTS OF GOOD FISTS TONIGHT. THANKS TO THE GUYS WHO MANAGE THE SPRINT.
AC5XK - Most signals were strong into DC this evening. Thanks everyone!
KC3RN - Spent most of the time on 40, which was pretty good. Didn't hear much of anything on 20. Went to 80 for a couple Q's toward the end of the sprint. Heard a 7 from UT, but just couldn't complete the contact. Maybe next month.
N4MJ - Best condx in long while. There was a second station at 0229Z that doubled with KF7Z. Sri I couldn't get your call or number as I was concentrating on KF7Z.
Thanks to all participants. 73 de n4mj
WI8J - Signals were strong on 40M! Thanks for the contacts! 72
NG8S - I could only get on for a short time but but still made 6 contacts. Lots of fun!
KE5YUM - Good signals on 20. Heard a lot but could not work them all. FT 817 at 5 watts. Terry
KN2G - I am between homes. We had intense thunderstorms into the early evening. I expected 40m to be hash. Nature did dish up some deep QSB but I heard way more than I could work with the 7ft buddipole on the truck luggage rack. As always, QRP is immensely amazing and immensely fun!
VE3GNU - Back after a 2 month hiatus and for a limited time---stayed on 40, heard lots of sigs and appreciated the contacts. Jupiter @ 5W and Begali paddle. Thanks to all---73
NF8M - Op time 1.5 hr. Nice turnout tonite. Welcome to our newer members! Always nice to work u. 80 got good toward the end. K4BAI, I heard u on 80 but someone else jumped in on top. 72 to all es cu agn!
VE3IIM - First sprint..was suggested by Don, VE3IDS. Hope to be in more!
N2JJF - Most activity on 20m for first 30 minutes then switched to 40m. worked my first dx naqcc member in a sprint.
Nothing heard on 80m
K4BAI - 20, 40, 80m bands good tonight. Good activity. Good ops. Thanks for the QSOs. 73/72, John, K4BAI.
KD0V - The bands were open here in Minnesota for a change. It was nice to be able to spend two hours doing the sprint. Hopefully conditions only get better over the coming months. Thanks everyone for the contact.
KC3MIO - Missed last month due to the usual - date confusion. Thunderstorms and rain rolled through NE PA, which scotched my plan to use a magnetic loop on the deck but did not interfere with operation. 20 meters looked very good just before 0030, but I only made four contacts before turning to 40 where I made 15. I kept checking 80 and it was dead here until 0200 or so. Looks like the numbers of ops and QSOs will be good when the dust clears. Thanks to all my contacts and apologies for a couple of times when I thought I was the intended, when I wasn't! Thanks to the NAQCC as usual and looking for next month's sprint in conjunction with the 17th anniversary.
N5GW - KX3 & homebrew SK. I could only stay the first 45 minutes. It was good to hear 20M open even if only for a short time. It seems that many sprint ops first check on 20M; then jump to 40M. The latter band was in good shape even with rain fronts nearby.
CO8CML - Only one qso on 20m.Night was cloudy and electrical storm over my city makes it more dificult for me.Thanks Richard, K4KRW, for the nice qso.
KA2KGP - A good turnout for this sprint. Bands were good here in WNY, but high QRN on 80m. Rig: IC-7000 at 5w. into G5RV up 25 ft. w/ straight key.
K4JPN - Good to see 20M open again, when it died went down to 40M and picked up a few. Nothing heard on 80M. 72, Steve K4JPN
NS4V - My first 'real' sprint and first time QRP with my old recently off the shelf Elecraft K1. Could not figure out how to get SK to work until after the contest so Bencher it was! Ready for the next one and FISTS in Nov.
AA5LH - A very good night. 20M stayed alive longer than expected. 40M was relatively quiet (around C0) & very active. Reaffirmed 80M might be able to be tuned by the K3 but the Delta just doesn't radiate up there. Always fun & thank everyone who participates. Take care. 73/72.
AA0W - Good conditions NA stations on 20.40 and 80 Meters. Only one station to the west all others east and south. No border stations heard.
Thanks for answering my calls.
KX2 internal battery
WI5H - Missed the first 26 minutes, bands were OK and had fun!
WT4U - Is 80m being useable the ionosphere's way of telling us summer is over? Pretty good cdx all around and the first time in a while I made QSOs on all 3 bands. Signals on 20m were strong but rare. Battle station: FT-817ND, homebrew filter, homebrew magnetic straight key, paper notebook, high-tech Japanese pencil.
WB8LZG - Hello Fellow Sprinters ! good nite fer a sprint. 20 was open nicely to the south and west. Started by working Steve WB4OMM with a strong signal. Nothing heard on 20 from the east. Had to go to 80 to catch CT for only eastern QSO. Had a Beeline to CO, and UT. I think I heard K4BKL calling but could never get the last letter of the call, SRI OM. Only 1 QSO ON 40 FROM IL. I had a nice QSO with w4FID/P. John was /4 from Dothan,AL. with 7 watts. Always fun to run into a fellow portable operator.I Had to leave early, due to busy schedule. But 20 still going when I pulled the plug after only 50 mins. of contesting. Hope to hear all of u next month for the Anniversary Sprint. 73 Gregg
NX8Y - Missed the first hour but enjoyed a few QSO's the last hour. 40M seemed in good shape. Tnx to all.
W2SH - 20m stayed open for the first half hour
and I gathered nine QSOs without any QSB.
Activity was greatest on 40m. 80m has had
its autumnal awakening and QRN was absent.
WB4OMM at 900 miles distant was a solid 80m
QSO, and Steve had been worked earlier on 20m and 40m. Thus a tribander with our NAQCC Prez.
N8LA - KX3, 5W, 200' Dipole @ 35', NAQCCode Warrior. Was amazed that was initially able to hear and work a number of stations on 20. Then went to 40 and worked some stations until horrendous noise came in. Took some time off and then was able to work a few more on 40. Thanks to all who pulled me out and apologies to those I was unable to pull out. Am praying for all of you and all of your families and other loved ones. Am hoping we can get together on the air next month.
WD0K - Heavy QRN in location! qrt de wd0k