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October 2021 QRP/CW Sprint (#204)


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:
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 0030-0230 Z



N2CN Comments - Cross-checking is complete. Contact me at the email address above with any questions, corrections, or comments. Scores will be final as of 2400Z, Sunday, October 24, 2021.

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

W1 Division
K1MZM    11   11  22    6  132  x2   264  40 meter Dipole at 45 feet                        
K1YAN     4    4   8    3   24  x2    48  G5RV Jr. @ 30'                                    
W1VKE     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  80-10 EFHW slope 40 feet to 20 feet               
KQ1P      2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  80/40 dipole @30'                                 
KE1AK     2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  66' EFHW  30' to 10'                              

W2 Division
W2SH     21   21  42   13  546  x2  1092  270' cf dpl @ 45'                                 
KA2KGP   18   18  36   14  504  x2  1008  G5RV up 25'                                       
K2CWM    10   10  20    7  140  x2   280  Vertical (elevated)                               
W2ITT     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  End Fed cut for 80m @ 25'                         
W2JEK     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  end fed wire 110 ft long up 20 ft                 

W3 Division
KC3MIO   19   19  38   12  456  x2   912  Doublet 125' @ 40'                                
K3JZD    17   17  34   11  374  x2   748  40m Dipole @25', 80m 107' EFRW @ 20'              
KE3V     15   15  30   11  330  x2   660  Inverted L @ 30'                                  
AK3X      8    8  16    7  112  x2   224  102 ft inv vee apex 35 ft 300 ohm feedline        
WA3FIR    3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  dipole @ 20'                                      
KD3CA     2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  OCF  Windom @55 ft                                

W4 Division
KC5F     26   26  52   17  884  x2  1768  80m end fed half wave at 40'                      
N4OW     24   24  48   16  768  x2  1536  VERTICAL - HP6V  ELEV 8'                          
K8LBQ    23   23  46   13  598  x2  1196  inverted vee @ 30'                                
W4VQS    23   23  46   13  598  x2  1196  inv vee @ 30'                                     
WD4OHD   19   19  38   11  418  x2   836  Ground-Mounted Vertical                           
WT4U     17   17  34   11  374  x2   748  132' end-fed Inv V @ 35'                          
WB4OMM   17   17  34   11  374  x2   748  G5RV at 35 feet                                   
WX4RM    15   15  30   12  360  x2   720  6BTV gnd mtd vert                                 
WD4CFN   17   17  34   10  340  x2   680  140' doublet up about 40'                         
KN1H     12   12  24   10  240  x2   480  32' wire                                          
W4NLT    14   14  28    8  224  x2   448  40 M dipole at 30ft                               
NA4O     12   12  24    9  216  x2   432  OCF@25'                                           
AE4ZR     9    9  18    9  162  x2   324  END FED UP 25FT                                   
W1BLU     6    6  12    6   72  x2   144  EF @ 36'                                          
W4CMG     5    5  10    5   50  x2   100  G5RV Inverted vee up 35 ft                        
N4FI      5    5  10    5   50  x2   100  attic 40M dipole                                  
WA4SPJ    4    4   8    4   32  x2    64  efhw @ 40'                                        
W4LSV     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  22' Wire Vertical                                 
WG8Y      2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  80m full wave loop                                
KK4ITX    2    2   4    1    4  x2     8  65 ft EFHW sloper 33ft > 4ft.                  
KA8VZB    2    2   4    1    4  x2     8  60ft End Fed Wire @ 20ft                          

W5 Division
N5GW     28   28  56   19 1064  x2  2128  doublet at 50"                               
KE9DR     2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  80M LOOP @70FT                                    
KA5TJS    1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  80 mtr doublet @ 30ft                             

W6 Division
AI6SL     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  Inverted V fan, 36'                               
K6GPB     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  65' end fed 15' high                              

W7 Division
N7KM     11   10  21    8  168  x2   336  OCF Dipole @ 45 feet                              

W8 Division
NF8M      7    7  14    7   98  x2   196  6BTV + Bev                                        
N8GZ      2    2   4    1    4  x2     8  Hustler 5 BTV ground mounted                      
AB8RL     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  40M vertical                                      

W9 Division
WB9HFK   19   18  37   10  370  x2   740  Hustler 6BTV Gnd Mtd with 60 Radials.             
K9QEW    15   15  30   12  360  x2   720  4BTV GP                                           
N8HWV     6    6  12    6   72  x2   144  EFHW AT 15 FT                                     
KA9FQG    2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  G5RV at 37 ft.                                    

W0 Division
N0TA     25   25  50   20 1000  x2  2000  Doublet at 25 ft                                  
NO2D      7    7  14    6   84  x2   168  80 M doublet at 30 feet                           
AA0W      6    6  12    6   72  x2   144  Dipole at 30 feet                                 
AD0YM     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  OCF Dipole @ 30 FT                                

Canada Division
VE3KAE    1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  Hygain DX-88 vertical 28 ft.                      

DX Division
CO8CML    1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  Inverted "V" @ 20?                      

SWA - BUG CATEGORY
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

W1 Division
W1ND     13   12  25    9  225 x1.5  337  124.5' Random Wire up 35' Inverted Saggy L        

W2 Division
WA2FBN    5    5  10    4   40 x1.5   60  dipole at 25 ft                                   

W3 Division
NN3E      5    5  10    4   40 x1.5   60  40-80 Trap Dipole inverted vee @ 50 '             
AF3Z      3    3   6    3   18 x1.5   27  inv vee @ 25'                                     
K3WWP     1    1   2    1    2 x1.5    3  ~110' attic random wire                           

W4 Division
KJ4R     31   31  62   16  992 x1.5 1488  134' EFHW                                         

W5 Division

W6 Division

W7 Division

W8 Division
K8NGW     6    6  12    4   48 x1.5   72  43' gnd mtd vert w/ 32 radials                    

W9 Division
AA9L      4    4   8    3   24 x1.5   36  Trap dipole @ 50 feet                             

W0 Division
KD0V      5    5  10    5   50 x1.5   75  cf Zepp @ 30 feet                                 

Canada Division

DX Division

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

W1 Division
KB1M      9    9  18    5   90        90  40M EFHW                                          
N1JI      7    7  14    6   84        84  163 doublet @ 25'                                 
N2CN      3    3   6    2   12        12  40m indoor dipole                                 

W2 Division
N2EI      6    6  12    6   72        72  Dipole @ 35 feet                                  
K2OID     6    6  12    4   48        48  80M OCF Dipole @35'                               
WA1GWH    5    5  10    3   30        30  40m dipole at 15 ft                               
N2ESE     3    3   6    3   18        18  40mtr dipole@35ft                                 

W3 Division
N4RRT     1    1   2    1    2         2  EFHW up 25'                                       
K3RLL     0    0   0    0    0         0  Emergency ant wire up attic steps                 

W4 Division
K4KBL    40   40  80   16 1280      1280  inverted V at 50'                                 
N4MJ     28   28  56   17  952       952  40M Windom @ 50 feet                              
AC6ZM    18   15  33   13  429       429  Carolina Windom @ 30 ft                           
AB4QL     9    9  18    6  108       108  40 & 80 M dipoles @ 40' grnd mtd 20M          
K4KRW     6    6  12    5   60        60  Inverted V @65'                                   

W5 Division
K5WX     17   17  34   12  408       408  G5RV inverted Vee at 38 feet                      
KE5YUM    1    1   2    1    2         2  80 meter NVIS dipole at 25'                       

W6 Division
NS3C      3    3   6    3   18        18  vertical 40 feet                                  

W7 Division
KF7Z     14   12  26   11  286       286  dpl@ 25'                                          

W8 Division
WI8J      6    6  12    5   60        60  130 ft EFHW at 20 ft                              
WA8SAN    6    6  12    4   48        48  End Fed Wire @ 25 ft                              
WB8LZG    4    4   8    3   24        24  dipoles @ 30'                                     

W9 Division
NN9K     28   28  56   18 1008      1008  130ft end-fed @25ft                               
N7QR      5    5  10    3   30        30  rnd wire 20' in trees                             
AB9BZ     3    3   6    3   18        18  EFHW @ 30'                                        

W0 Division
KC2MJT    3    3   6    2   12        12  Rain Gutter                                       
N8LA      1    1   2    1    2         2  dipole @ 35'                                      

Canada Division
VE3DQN   12   12  24    9  216       216  40/80m dipoles @40ft                              
VE3HUR    1    1   2    1    2         2  dipole @ 10'                                      

DX Division

GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

Straight Key

Bug

Keyer/Keyboard
NQ2W     11   11  22    6  132       132  mini beam @25', 40m delta loop @ 50'              
W7RIP     4    3   7    3   21        21  Hex Beam @ 30'                                    

N3A CATEGORY
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  Operator, 80-40-20 Antenna

N3A/4    46   44  90   19 1710      1710  K4BAI, 40M dipole, zepp, 80M inverted vee         
N3A/3    23   23  46   16  736  x2  1472  K3EW, 160 Mtr Horiz Loop  65 ft up, 540 ft lg     
N3A/0    21   21  42   13  546  x2  1092  W0ITT, 40m inverted vee @ 32'                     
N3A/5    23   22  45   13  585 x1.5  877  NF5U, 40m/80m trap dipole at 33ft                 
N3A/9    17   17  34   12  408 x1.5  612  K9DRP, EFHW 80 @ 40 ft                            
N3A/8    11   10  21    7  147  x2   294  N8XMS, HyGain AV640 Vert                          
N3A/1    13   13  26    8  208       208  AC5XK, EFHW @ 30'                                 
N3A/2    11   10  21    7  147       147  N2JJF, end fed 67feet long up 25 feet             

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STATS:
Logs submitted:                 103
Total participants:             134
Total QSOs:                     1035
States + Provinces represented: 36 + NB ON + DX

SOAPBOX:

K3RLL - Antenna down so ran wire up attic steps and tried end-loading it. So appreciative of the skilled op from GA who heard me. Thank you. 72/73 ... Don

N2CN - Conditions not so great. I heard few; few heard me. Thanks to those who came back.

KE9DR - 20 Meters had the only action that I could get in on. 40 had QRN from some local storms. Had fun trying. Thanks to all. 73 Bert

N0TA - Had to quit early for lightning. Fun to work four N3a/x stations. Thanks for the Q's. K3, Doublet, SprintLogger, Amplidan key.

WB4OMM - Well.....that was not good - nothing on 20M, made some Qs on 40M - most were readable with some QSB and many up and down in the noise.....then.....at the 40 minute mark - NOTHING! The noise level went up and could hear almost nothing (some faint signals outside our Sprint areas). Went to 80M and no luck there either (hear nothing!). Wow, not how I envisioned the night. Sat and tuned around on 40M for a bit but nary a peep (a few I already worked). I quit an hour into the Sprint. Oh well, I got 17 in 11 states before the Prop Queen killed the waves! 72 to all that were on, hope you fared better than I did! Steve WB4OMM

KC2MJT - Like pulling teeth tonight.

KD3CA - Conditions pretty bad here, not very many stations heard . Worked a few minutes and quit. 73 Don

N8GZ - Great fun, could not hear many stations though. I need to get bigger ears!"72"

VE3DQN - A few strong signals but otherwise pretty rough copy here tonight. And judging by the reports I got--or no reply--you others had a hard time hearing me. Still fun to slug it out with a full QRP gallon :-)

N1JI - Conditions were rough tonight! I managed 7 QSOs in just under 40 minutes of operating time... All on 80 meters. I didn't hear anyone on 40 or 20. Thanks for the contacts and happy 17th anniversary to the NAQCC.

KN1H - Camping tonight in Pembroke, GA en route from FL to NH. Autotuner failed in KX2 so ran a quarter wave wire for 40M which matched OK but eliminated any chance to work 80M. Also note to self: next time bring headphones! QSB was really deep sometimes, thanks Garry, WB1GWH, for hanging in there to confirm it really was GA! Happy Anniversary NAQCC. 72, John, KN1H/4

K1MZM - Not many signals heard tonight. Still had a lot of fun digging through the noise.

AB9BZ - Tough night, but fun trying to pull signals out of the noise. Thanks for the sprint. 72 Dave ab9bz

K4KBL - Really enjoyed the Sprint tonight. Worked many new stations with 5 digit member number !! Hope all had a great time and looking forward to the prize drawing soon.

K8NGW - The noise! The noise! After 90 minutes I shut the shack down as my ears had reached their limit. See you all next month!

KE1AK - Heard a few, but much less heard me. Still a fun time. Thanks 73!

WG8Y - Hi all, Got on app. 20 minutes late. Worked WY & CA. on 20m. Thought what a great start having a 20m open. Then got a phone call. Never got back on. Oh well. Hope everyone had a good Sprint. 73 from N.C. Mark WG8Y

N4RRT - Only had about 20 minutes to play; but fun as always!

AB4QL - It was ummm errr interesting! I think my antenna system died.

WB9HFK - I looked after I shut down, and found that the SFI was 84, A Index was 48 and K Index was 3 at 0000Z. Activity was light from my perspective here in IL. Thanks for the Q's and see everyone next time! 72, Mark WB9HFK

K3JZD - Lots of QSB on both 40m and 80m. K4 at 4.9w Jody - K3JZD

KC5F - Started out slow, but picked up. Half and half 40m and 80m. I showed up early, looked on 30m and managed to catch the Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland) DXPedition on my 2nd call, so I figured that was a good sign! (No, that wasn't QRP, but only 100w and my EFHW.)

W1ND - Wow the G2 storm made this tough. There were a few stations I could hear but they couldn't hear me. Challenging but fun. QRN was bad on 80 tonight

K4KRW - I only got to play for about 30 minutes at the end. All of my contacts were on 80m. FTDX101MP at 5 watts LOL. Begali Pearl key. (I didn't have time to set up one of my QRP rigs). Tonight was a quality over quantity kind of night. Thanks everyone. - Richard

W1BLU - 40M started out hot. Ended poorly. Congratulations to N5GW... he has more patience than I do. Tnx for the fun-all of you. 73, Blue

K5WX - Started out pretty well on 20m. But 40m seemed weak and noisy all evening. One contact on 80m. I've got to say again and again, the NAQCC ops are the best around.

WD4CFN - Thanks for the Q's!! Using IC-7300 at 5W into 140' Doublet up 40 ft with a rcv beverage. The bands were pretty noisy tonight, and most of the action seemed to be on 80m for me.

KF7Z - Great little sprint, signals were really weak tonight, I had several that I just could not get out, sorry for that. Running Elecraft KX2 at 5w to a 40 meter diploe at 25'.See you next month. danny

K2OID - Rough night here this month. Only six QSOs on 40 and none on 80. Lots of noise and QSB.

N3A/1 - Thanks everyone! Happy 17th Anniversary NAQCC.

N3A/9 - What a tough and noisy night! 40 seemed to be open to the east coast for the first hour. Went to 80 after activity seemed to wain, worked several more. Almost nothing in the last 1/2 hour. TNX to the guys that really worked to get their call thru over the crazy high noise level. It was fun! 72, Don K9DRP

NA4O - Did not hear as many as I would have liked, but I was happy to work several right at the noise level here. Slow QSB had some sigs completely disappear. KX3@5w to a wire running out the soffit, Vibroplex straight key. Happy 17 Anniv all!

NO2D - 40m very tightly packed. Tried calling CQ on 80m. No responses. Tried 20m and picked up KK4ITX from Florida. Best DX of the night. Thanks as always to those who make the sprints possible. I really enjoy them. Pete, NO2D.

KJ4R - Overall seemed like good conditions, but some deep QSB at times. 20 seemed good at the beginning, but it sounded like there were several stations piled on top of each other. After about 10 mins and 4 QSO's I moved to 40 and then down to 80 when 40 seemed to play out. Very sorry to the KA2 that tried over and over but I just never could pull out your call from the noise and QSB on 80. Missed working some of the usual stations in New England. Never heard anyone in ME, VT, NH, MA or CT or NY. Made it into NJ and that was it for the Northeast for me. Thanks to everyone for the contacts and fun as always. FTDx3000 at 5w to EFHW.

W4NLT - Glad to work the usual suspects and some new ones. Lot of background noise and QSB. Not many sigs in the last half hour or so. Heard KF7Z call CQ many times but couldn't work him. 72 till the next QRP event. Do I hear zombies calling????

K9QEW - 40m band condx very good 1st hour. All QSOs on 40 meters using my HB 5w xtal controlled "Funmitter" & J38 key. Heading to Mesa for the winter next month and will be limited to 20m operations. 72/73s and STAY TUNED! Daryl

WD4OHD - A lot of noise on all bands tonight. Propagation on 40m dropped signfificantly around 0200 UTC but picked up a bit on 80m. An enjoyable Sprint all the same.

NF8M - Op time just under 1 hour. Just worked a few tonite - QSB on most. Enjoy the anniversary festivities and 72!

N7QR - 59th sprint - KX3 @ 5 Watts, QRPGuys paddle, random wire in the trees from Park Ridge IL. Nothing on 80, 40 was good. Heard KJ4R, could not raise him. Russ, Portland OR

N4MJ - 40M WAS NOISY UNTIL 0150z THEN VERY QUIET. FUN EVENING. TNX TO ALL PARTICIPATNS. 73 de N4MJ

N2EI - The solar QRN made for tough going but fun as always. Happy Anniversary!

AF3Z - I got on knowing N3A is this month and hoping for an N3A QSO or three. I didn't realize it was Sprint night ;-) I'm glad I stumbled into the sprint and enjoyed 3 QSO's. TT 544 (Triton IV), inv vee @ 25', 5w. Thanks!

W1VKE - I have missed the last few sprints, but it was nice to be back. I wish I had more time and that the conditions were a little better, but you take what you get. Hopefully things will be better as we roll into the cooler New England winter. I was operating with my Elecraft KX2 at 5 watts into an 80-10 EFHW up about 40 feet and sloping down to 20 feet. Used my Lionel J-38. Thanks to the 3 people I worked on 8-m, thanks for picking me up and I hope to do better next month.

AI6SL - These were the worst sprint conditions I've ever experienced. I worked every station I heard and got 3 QSOs. 20m was completely dead.

AE4ZR - Lots of fun tonight.

W4VQS - First time running the club call W4VQS for an NAQCC Sprint (K4NE at the key). Extra fun having N3A/4 and N3A/3 answer my CQ back-to-back.

N7KM - I only had a brief time to operate tonight. The bands were not very good here in SW Utah. We had 12 inches of snow today and for some reason we had an abnormal amount of noise. Thanks to everyone who hung with me in the poor conditions. It was good to work a couple of other 7 area stations because they have been few and far between the last few sprints. 72 and TNX

WX4RM - Difficult conditions tonite, heavy QSB, but was glad my little peanut whistle was heard. Happy Anniversary.

W2JEK - Got on late. Only one QSO 72 DON W2JEK

KE5YUM - My 125th sprint if my count is correct. Bad conditions here with recent storms impacted my QSO count. Thanks to KA5TJS for working me in the noise. FT 817 @ 5 watts.

WI8J - Noise was LOUD. Worked 1 on 80m, 3 on 40, 2 on 20. Worked N3A/5 and heard N3A/9 but I was not heard. Thanks for the contacts! 72

KA5TJS - Been a while, solar flare make 80 very QRN but got one.

CO8CML - Only 20m worked.Bad conditions in Las Tunas.Night was cloudy and big noise during event.Thanks to Gene, N5GW for nice qso.Happy NAQCC Anniversary!!

AD0YM - Got a very late start. By then there was not much activity on 40 meters and nothing workable (above the noise) on 80 meters. At least I was able to log one. Thanks K1MZM! 72, Mike

N3A/4 - End results pretty good, but conditions on 40 seemed very poor. Didn't work anyone west of Co, but did hear (clearly) and call N7KM and N3A/7. 20M was dead except to South America at the start. W1AW was about 229, so I didn't call on that band. 40 improved as the sprint went on, but skip was long and that kept the multiplier total low. 80M was quite good, but no enough stations on that band. Thanks for all QSOs. QSOs by band: 40: 36. 80: 10. 73/72, John, K4BAI, Opr of N3A/4. Happy Anniversary.

NQ2W - It's great to be back. After almost 6 years of being off the air, I'm finally getting time to piece my station back together at my new QTH. Used my K!. Tried 20m with my mini beam but no QSOs. Made 11 QSOs on the 40m delta loop. No antenna for 80m, yet. Hopefully, I'll have one up for next month. Propagation wasn't the best, as stations heard were experiencing very quick QSB. Many went from easy listening to in the mud in a matter of seconds. All in all, from a first timer's perspective for the second time, it was a great sprint. I'm looking forward to many more. Thank you for the opportunity! 72, Will

WA3FIR - Extremely high noise level. Suddenly a station would pop out of the noise long enough for a quick exchange.

N4OW - 40 was very good. 20 nothing heard or worked. 80 one QSO. Very rapid QSB on 40 was a challenge.

N3A/0 - Thanks KC3MIO for a fun contest. Forty meters here was very good until dropping out about 0200Z. Many thanks to all for the great QRP to QRP QSO's. 72 de Gary W0ITT (DBA N3A/0)

WB8LZG - Hello Fellow Sprinters ! Just so-so condx fer the sprint. I only had until 9pm to play.But did not want to miss out on the fun. Got 4 QSOs in the half hour on 40m. Worked the "usuall suspects". Hope to hv more time to devote next month. 73 to all, Gregg WB8LZG

KK4ITX - 20m was super quiet while 40m was quite noisy here. Signals were weak to unreadable except for TX. GA had severe QSB.

WA2FBN - Tough band condx tonight, lots of QSB. Tnx to all who copied my signal. 72 Ken

AA0W - Conditions were poor storms in the area. 40 Meters was only band and it was long. Strong signals and weak with none between. NorCal 40A Battery Power

N5GW - KX3 and hb straight key to a new doublet. I was able to work a few stations on 20M till it either closed or all QRPers departed. 40M suffered from QSB and was full of QRN making it a struggle to copy all but strong signals.

KD0V - Could only hang around for 30 minutes. The QRN here was very bad. I had the makings of good active Sprint at least on 40M between 0030 and 0100Z.

KA2KGP - The solar flare really knocked out the bands this sprint. 20m. was nil, 40 & 80 were in poor shape here in WNY. Hope for better condx. next sprint.

KQ1P - Happy Anniversary NAQCC! Lousy cdx for sprint. No stations found on 20M and 80m and 40m was only a bit better. Fun was had regardless.

VE3KAE - Conditions on 40 m not great.

AA9L - Weak signals and QRN. Better luck next time.

KC3MIO - I was a bit tired but got on and things were slow. Nothing on 20 and not many contacts for the first 30 minutes. But I persevered and did OK. I was surprised that 80 was my most popular band, but you take what you can get. Thanks to all, and my apologies to those with whom I could not close the deal. 73/72

N3A/3 - Lots of activity on 40, not so much on 8u0 where band was quieter than 40.

N3A/8 - Conditions were tough and QSOs were few and far between. In past years the special anniversary call even generated minor pileups, but not this year. It was still a lot of fun. - N3A/8 (N8XMS)

W2SH - Finding 20m completely dead was a disappointment; and it will only get worse with the forthcoming switch to standard time when it will get darker earlier. 40m had heavy QRN and many would-be QSOs complained of QSB and patiently sent "agn" and "sri". Thus several busted QSOs. 80m was well behaved and signals loud enough to override QRN, but I was troubled by a high level of manmade electrical QRM during the final half hour. 12 QSOs there and nine on 40m.

N8LA - Was unable to get on the air until after 0130. Heard nothing but noise on 20 and 40 but called CQ anyway with no responses that I could make out. Went to 80 and called CQ. KA9FQG finally came back to me and I was able to copy him. Thanks to him for keeping me from being skunked! A KG5, I believe also gave me a call on 80 but I was unable to pull them out of the noise: my apologies to that station. Have been struggling with personal existential misgivings for a number of days ever since I read on the label of my deodorant: "If your grandfather hadn't used it, you wouldn't exist." I am certain that neither or my grandfathers used that deodorant! That could mean that I do not exist as a flesh and blood creature but am only a conglomeration of electromagnetic waves for instance! That may explain my affinity for radio activities!

AB8RL - Got in the contest one hour late, I only could work 40 meters and band was completely dead. Managed only one contact.

WT4U - Good Sprint from East Tennessee. Worked John N0TA in CO with a solid signal on 20 right off the bat. Danny KF7Z in WY was more work. Then crickets. I suspect if everyone sent a few CQs on 20 before moving down we'd find the band is more open than folks think. 40 was hard work, with not as many "NA"s and a few QRO stations taking up space. The action was on 80. Signed up several new members during the Sprint. It's one of our best advertisements.

AK3X - 40 was noisy and lots of QSB. 80 was better. Happy Anniversary and 72 to all.

WA1GWH - Was only on 40m and tough going. Lots of noise and weak signals from here in central NY state. People just did not hear me! 72, Garry