October 2021 QRP/CW Sprint (#204)
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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:
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.
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
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'
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
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
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
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
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
N7KM 11 10 21 8 168 x2 336 OCF Dipole @ 45 feet
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
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.
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
VE3KAE 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Hygain DX-88 vertical 28 ft.
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
W1ND 13 12 25 9 225 x1.5 337 124.5' Random Wire up 35' Inverted Saggy L
WA2FBN 5 5 10 4 40 x1.5 60 dipole at 25 ft
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
KJ4R 31 31 62 16 992 x1.5 1488 134' EFHW
K8NGW 6 6 12 4 48 x1.5 72 43' gnd mtd vert w/ 32 radials
AA9L 4 4 8 3 24 x1.5 36 Trap dipole @ 50 feet
KD0V 5 5 10 5 50 x1.5 75 cf Zepp @ 30 feet
SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
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
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
N4RRT 1 1 2 1 2 2 EFHW up 25'
K3RLL 0 0 0 0 0 0 Emergency ant wire up attic steps
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'
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'
NS3C 3 3 6 3 18 18 vertical 40 feet
KF7Z 14 12 26 11 286 286 dpl@ 25'
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'
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'
KC2MJT 3 3 6 2 12 12 Rain Gutter
N8LA 1 1 2 1 2 2 dipole @ 35'
VE3DQN 12 12 24 9 216 216 40/80m dipoles @40ft
VE3HUR 1 1 2 1 2 2 dipole @ 10'
GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
NQ2W 11 11 22 6 132 132 mini beam @25', 40m delta loop @ 50'
W7RIP 4 3 7 3 21 21 Hex Beam @ 30'
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
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: 103
Total participants: 134
Total QSOs: 1035
States + Provinces represented: 36 + NB ON + DX
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!
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