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September 2021 QRP/CW Sprint (#203)


Andy N2CN is responsible for the contents of this page. Questions should go to him at pix_newemail_n2cn (1K).


See General Sprint Rules for rules common to every NAQCC sprint.

RULES specific to this month's sprint:
None

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.

Results
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

W1 Division
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'                                     

W2 Division
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           

W3 Division
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                                

W4 Division
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                        

W5 Division
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                                    

W6 Division
K6GPB     2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  65' end fed 15' high                              

W7 Division
N7KM     31   29  60   22 1320  x2  2640  OCF DIPOLE @40FT                                  

W8 Division
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                      

W9 Division
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                                     

W0 Division
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                           

Canada Division
VE3IIM    4    4   8    3   24  x2    48  fan dipole...160-10 metres at 30 feet             

DX Division
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

W1 Division
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'                                 

W2 Division
WA2FBN    8    8  16    6   96 x1.5  144  EFHW sloper at 25ft                               

W3 Division
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 '                    

W4 Division
KJ4R     26   26  52   16  832 x1.5 1248  134' EFHW                                         

W5 Division
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                                  

W6 Division

W7 Division
N7QR      1    1   2    1    2 x1.5    3  Butternut gnd mtd vert w/o radials                

W8 Division

W9 Division
AA9L      9    9  18    8  144 x1.5  216  Trap dipole @ 50 feet                             

W0 Division

Canada Division

DX Division

SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

W1 Division
KB1M     12   12  24    8  192       192  40 M EFHW                                         

W2 Division
N2JJF    10   10  20    8  160       160  end fed 67feet long up 25 feet                    
N2ESE     5    5  10    5   50        50  20and40mtr dipoles                                

W3 Division
KC3RN    17   17  34    9  306       306  G5RV Junior @ 35 feet                             
AC5XK    10   10  20   10  200       200  DIPOLE @ 40 FEET                                  

W4 Division
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                        

W5 Division
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                         

W6 Division

W7 Division
KF7Z     10   10  20    8  160       160  dpl@ 25'                                          
N7PHI     1    1   2    1    2         2  DX commander vertical                             

W8 Division
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                              

W9 Division
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                      

W0 Division
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'                         

Canada Division
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                                 

DX Division
DK1VD     4    4   8    4   32        32  gnd mtd vert                                      

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STATS:
Logs submitted:                 90
Total participants:             127
Total QSOs:                     1276
States + Provinces represented: 38 + ON + DX

SOAPBOX:

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. 73 Rich

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. Lou, N8LA

WD0K - Heavy QRN in location! qrt de wd0k