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November 2021 QRP/CW Sprint (#205)


N2CN Comments - Scores are final.

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

W1 Division
K1MZM    29   28  57   17  969  x2  1938  160 meter horizontal loop at 60 feet              
KN1H     25   25  50   14  700  x2  1400  400' END FED WIRE                                 
W1GF     18   17  35   11  385  x2   770  Dipole @ 45', Gnd mtd Vertical                    
W1VKE     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  80-10 EFHW slope 40 feet to 20 feet               
K1YAN     3    3   6    2   12  x2    24  G5RV Jr. @ 30'                                    
KQ1P      0    0   0    0    0  x2     0  80/40 dipole@30'                                  

W2 Division
KA2KGP   16   16  32   10  320  x2   640  G5RV up 25'                                       
W2SH      8    8  16    5   80  x2   160  270' cf dpl @ 45'                                 
W2JEK     6    6  12    5   60  x2   120  end fed wire 110 ft long, up 20 ft                
K2CWM     5    5  10    4   40  x2    80  Vertical (elevated)                               
N2RIC     0    0   0    0    0  x2     0  EFHW inverted L, up 40-feet                       

W3 Division
KC3MIO   26   26  52   15  780  x2  1560  Doublet 125' @ 40'                                
AK3X      5    5  10    4   40  x2    80  102ft doublet apex 35 ft. 300 ohm feed/tuner      
KD3CA     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  OCF  Windom @55 ft                                

W4 Division
WG8Y     35   34  69   17 1173  x2  2346  80m full wave loop                                
WT4U     28   27  55   18  990  x2  1980  80m EFHW Inv-V @ 35'                              
K4JPN    24   24  48   16  768  x2  1536  80 M CF Zepp                                      
WD4OHD   23   23  46   15  690  x2  1380  Ground-Mounted Vertical                           
K4NE     23   22  45   14  630  x2  1260  inv vee @ 30'                                     
WB4OMM   17   17  34   13  442  x2   884  G5RV at 35 feet                                   
KC5F     15   15  30   12  360  x2   720  80m EFHW up 40 ft                                 
W4NLT    14   14  28    9  252  x2   504  84 ft end fed in V configuration at 30ft          
N4FI     11   11  22    9  198  x2   396  110' random wire at 23'                           
W4KRN    12   12  24    8  192  x2   384  Inverted vee up 50'                               
W4ELP    11   11  22    8  176  x2   352  80m windom @ 50'                                  
WX4RM     5    5  10    4   40  x2    80  6BTV gnd mtd vert                                 
W4HH      2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  end-fed 150-ft wire 20 feet up                    
NT4TS     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  Dipole @ 25'                                      

W5 Division
N5GW     21   21  42   13  546  x2  1092  inverted L @ 60'                                  
KC0O      3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  horizontal 84ft end-fed with 9:1 unun @ 20ft      

W6 Division
AI6SL     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  Inverted V fan @32'                               
K6GPB     0    0   0    0    0  x2     0  65' end fed 15' high                              

W7 Division
N7KM      8    7  15    7  105  x2   210  OCF DIPOLE @40FT                                  
N7QR      0    0   0    0    0  x2     0  Buddistick fixed to swingset                      
K9QEW     0    0   0    0    0  x2     0  Quarter wave vertical                             

W8 Division
AB8RL    36   36  72   17 1224  x2  2448  80 meter dipole                                   
NF8M      6    6  12    6   72  x2   144  6BTV (40) OCF dpl @35ft/bev (80)                  
N8GZ      5    5  10    4   40  x2    80  5 BTV ground mounted                              

W9 Division
WB9HFK   35   34  69   19 1311  x2  2622  150 Ft. Random Wire                               
N8HWV     8    7  15    6   90  x2   180  EFHW AT 15 FT                                     

W0 Division
NO2D      6    6  12    6   72  x2   144  80 M doublet at 30 feet                           
AA5LH     4    3   7    4   28  x2    56  Delta Loop @ 25'                                  

Canada Division
VE2KZW    0    0   0    0    0  x2     0  Endfed 52ft, sloping from 21 to 16ft              

DX Division

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

W1 Division

W2 Division
WA2FBN    6    6  12    4   48 x1.5   72  dipole at 25 ft                                   
WB2LQF    5    5  10    3   30 x1.5   45  Inverted L for 40/20M and 60 ft wire for 80M      

W3 Division
NN3E      2    2   4    2    8 x1.5   12  40-80 Trap Dipole inverted vee @ 50 '             
K3WWP     1    1   2    1    2 x1.5    3  ~110' attic random wire                           

W4 Division
KJ4R     43   42  85   21 1785 x1.5 2677  134' EFHW                                         
AA2MX    18   18  36   13  468 x1.5  702  80 MTR OCF DIPOLE                                 
K3RLL     4    4   8    3   24 x1.5   36  Flat black after-dark only 4-BTV                  

W5 Division
NF5U      7    7  14    7   98 x1.5  147  40m/80m trap dipole at 33ft                       

W6 Division

W7 Division

W8 Division
K8NGW    15   15  30   10  300 x1.5  450  43' gnd mtd vert w/ 32 radials                    
N8XMS     2    2   4    2    8 x1.5   12  HyGain AV640 Vert                                 

W9 Division
K9DRP     9    9  18    7  126 x1.5  189  EFHW 80 @ 40 ft                                   
K9NUD     6    6  12    6   72 x1.5  108  130' efhw up 35'                                  
AA9L      0    0   0    0    0 x1.5    0  Trap dipole @ 50 feet                             

W0 Division

Canada Division
VE3HUR    0    0   0    0    0 x1.5    0  dipole@3 metres                                   

DX Division

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

W1 Division
KB1M      3    3   6    2   12        12  40M EFHW                                          

W2 Division
WA1GWH    9    9  18    6  108       108  84 ft wire tuned for 80m against ground system    
N2ESE     5    5  10    5   50        50  80/40mtr dipole@35ft                              

W3 Division

W4 Division
K4BAI    39   38  77   21 1617      1617  88' cf zepp at 40'; 40M dip at 30'; 80M inv v 50' 
K4KRW    40   40  80   19 1520      1520  Inverted V @65'                                   
N2AWE    22   22  44   13  572       572  hustler 6b vertical roof mounted                  
K4KBL    15   15  30   12  360       360  inverted V at 50'                                 
N4MJ     10   10  20    7  140       140  80M OCF @ 40 feet                                 
K4WK      5    5  10    5   50        50  OCF dipole, up 45'                                

W5 Division
K5WX     13   13  26    9  234       234  G5RV inverted Vee at 40 feet                      
KE5YUM    3    3   6    3   18        18  80 meter dipole at 25'                            
W5WIL     3    3   6    3   18        18  240' doublet @ 35'                                

W6 Division

W7 Division

W8 Division
WI8J     10   10  20    8  160       160  130 ft EFHW at 20 ft                              
WB8LZG    6    6  12    6   72        72  dipoles @ 30'                                     
WA8SAN    4    4   8    2   16        16  End fed Wire @ 25 ft                              

W9 Division
NN9K     13   13  26   12  312       312  130ft end-fed @25ft                               
KY0Q      8    8  16    7  112       112  EFHW 35 ft                                        
KD9LTN    5    5  10    4   40        40  EFHW up 35'                                       
AB9BZ     1    1   2    1    2         2  EFWH @ 30'                                        
K9EYT     1    1   2    1    2         2  G5rv                                              

W0 Division
N0TA     21   20  41   15  615       615  Doublet at 25 ft                                  
W0PWE    12   12  24    9  216       216  80M doublet at 55ft. HB remote tuner              
N8LA     10    9  19    8  152       152  dipole @ 35'                                      
KC2MJT    0    0   0    0    0         0  Rain Gutter                                       
KJ0P      0    0   0    0    0         0  80m sloper 40' to 20'                             

Canada Division
VE3DQN    1    1   2    1    2         2  80/40 trap dipole @20ft                           
VE3GNU    1    1   2    1    2         2  DXCC@40'                                          

DX Division

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

Straight Key

Bug

Keyer/Keyboard
NQ2W     19   19  38   11  418       418  mini beam @25', 40m d-loop @ 50', 80m dipole @ 50'


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STATS:
Logs submitted:                 85
Total participants:             112
Total QSOs:                     896
States + Provinces represented: 34 + BC ON QC

SOAPBOX:

N8XMS - I was hoping that this would be a really great first sprint for my brand new Elecraft KX3. But unfortunately it didn't turn out that way. I finally decided to pull the plug after 45 frustrating minutes of fighting S9 band noise, and making only 2 contacts. Maybe it was the heavy rain that we were having. Well, there's always next month. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

KC2MJT - Forty-five minutes into this sprint and I was beginning to think I was the last ham on the planet. Then, ever so faint, down in the noise a signal out of Florida. Unfortunately, the noise then consumed his signal. At that point I had to remove the headphones and call it a night.

KY0Q - Didn't have too much time but had fun. Always a challenge to make QRP contacts but it feels like an accomplishment when it works.

K4KBL - Wow...started on 40 and thought my antenna was on the ground. All contacts on 80 which was far better but not great after about 1.5 hours. Called it a night.

AB9BZ - Glad to make a contact on 80M after 1 hour of trying on 40M. Thanks for the contact and the sprint. 73

WB4OMM - Nothing on 20M to start. Went to 40M and 40M was S...L...O...W! Signals were just ok, but deep QSB. Band was definitely long. Managed to get 11 QSOs in 8 states before it really got bad. Went to 80M and signals there were FB! Everything I could hear was 599. Just not that many heard. I worked 6, but could not find any more folks I had not worked. Glad to work some old friends...but the highlight of my night was working brand new member Jim - KA6J #10990 from TX who signed up today. Our newest member! Welcome and glad to meet you Jim, hope to see you in more Sprints! 72/73 to all, my best wishes for a safe and Happy Thanksgiving Holiday. Yeah, that was that HT I was sending tonight! Hi hi hi. Dit Dit!

N8HWV - 80m was king tonight. Those I heard, I heard pretty well. For many I could only hear one side of the QSO. Always fun. 72.

K9NUD - I think this was my first NAQCC sprint. What a blast!

KC5F - For the first time, I really thought my antenna had a problem, as I couldn't get anyone on 40m, and hardly heard anyone. But 80m was doing OK, so I think my antenna is still up! Not a great evening, but fun, as always. Thanks, all!

W1VKE - I operated with my KX2 into an 80-10 EFHW and my J-38. Had very limited time, but wanted to make a few contacts. I hope to have more time and would love for better conditions next month. Stay safe everyone.

WB2LQF - Started out on 80 and only made 5 contacts across 3 states with a high noise level and deep QSB. After an hour switched to 40M and thought my radio had crapped out! FTdx10 at 5 watts and INTREPID bug into a 60 foot wire through a 5:1 transformer. A bit short but it seems to work and gets me on 80 meters where the 40-10 inverted L won't load up at all.

K3RLL - Back in FL under tyranny of HOA antenna restrictions but we had bigger problems than that this evening. At 0136, the bottom dropped out of 40m. Game over! CME? Fortunately, those first six minutes tonight were great! 72/73 ... Don

NO2D - Stuck with 40 meters. Seemed pretty active. Thanks to those that make the sprints possible. One of my favorite radio activities. Pete, NO2D

N8GZ - Hearing nothing on 40,went to 80 and heard and worked a few. Thanks all, Lots of fun as always..."72"

K2CWM - 20m was dead, and 40m was horrible (here at least), so just 5 contacts on 80m. Happy Thanksgiving!

N4MJ - Late start, early departure. SLOW night. Nothing heard on 20m nor 40m (CWT took over our spread on 40m). Activity was on 80m. Kept hearing same stations over and over... 73 de n4mj//glenn

WG8Y - Hi all, Got started half hour late. 20& 40m were dead here in NC. Went to 80m. Full of good signals. Called a couple guys then called CQ till near the end. Good to hear old qrp friends & work some new calls.Stopped 15 minutes early.My hand couldn't take much more Straight Key Hi Hi 73 From N.C. Mark WG8Y

K5WX - Wow! Crazy tough conditions. Zilch on 20m. Next to nothing on 40 meters. And then everything was weak on 80m. Tough!

AI6SL - Wow, the worst ever. Managed all of ONE QSO. Out west the bands were dead except for CWT. No answers to CQNA but got a couple of hits on the reverse beacon net. Maybe next time...

KN1H - Not many signals on 40, everyone was on 80M! Thanks for a very enjoyable sprint. IC-7300@5W out and Nye Viking Master Key.

AB8RL - Excellent activity on 80, 40 rather dead. First time using the original mcHF SDR QRP transceiver - performed very well on CW. Great radio !

K1MZM - Things started off slow. Not much heard on 40 for the first hour. 80 was better later on. I have been experimenting with a pair of loop on the ground receiving antennas. Not sure that it made much difference tonight.

AA2MX - I'm sorry I was only able to work the last 45 minutes, but I had a great time using my new QCX mini, ran it off of a Ryobi drill battery. Love QRP Thanks everyone. Bill

N2RIC - Making an effort to get on the air every evening, sort of an early New Year's resolution. I turned on my radio and tuned to the 80m band for the last 15 minutes or so. I heard a few stations down in the noise, but no one heard me. I'll try again next month.

K9DRP - Only got in on the last 1/2 hour, and couldn't find anyone on 40, so all QSO's on 80. It will always amaze me, that with QRN as bad as it was tonight, that we do this at QRP level power. Lots of good OPs out there! 72 Don

K4KRW - 80 meters was it. I tried 40m twice but got nothing. My receiver really got a workout. Thanks everyone for the contacts. It was great hearing everyone. A lot of regulars out there. I got K3WWP for the first time in a long time. Great to hear you John. Thanks to Lou, N8LA for hanging with me at the end. That was a fun night. 73, Richard

K9EYT - Did not hear much tonight

K6GPB - Heard no NAQCC ops on the air until the CWT ops started their event. Tried all three bands for NAQCC. Look forward to Dec.

K8NGW - Tried 20 for grins and giggles ... nothing heard. Moved to 40 and after 2 QSOs the band went dead, Dead, DEAD! Clearly 80 was the place to be!

NF8M - Brief run through 80. Only station heard on 40 was N8XMS. Paul's about 5 miles away and we both run verticals. I switched to my dipole and he disappeared! TNX QSOs es cu in Dec. 72

W4HH - AWFUL CONDX!! Heard nothing but noise on 40, 30, and 20. Managed to dig two out of the QRN on 80. See everyone next month.

AK3X - Got home late and got in for the last 15 minutes. Nil on 40 but 80 was good. 72 to all. Peter

N7QR - 60th sprint, KX3, 5 Watts, J37 key, Buddistik fixed to swing set on the beach at Seaside OR. Not even FT8 heard on 20, 40 seemed good but no contacts. Only on for first hour. CU in December! Russ, Portland OR

W2JEK - Just did 80M. Started on 20 and then 40 but didn't hear any action. Expected more on 80. Had a good time. Thought I missed the sprint and it was on Tuesday. Glad I checked. 72 and 73 DON W2JEK

WX4RM - High noise levels tonight, felt lucky to pull in the stations that I did. I was glad to have worked a new member from TX KA6J who is member # 10990.

WB9HFK - 80M only this month. Thanks for all the Q's and sorry to any that I missed down in the mud. 72, Mark WB9HFK

W4KRN - Nothing on 40m, all contacts on 80m. Mostly strong signals there. Nice to work another Sprint, been a few months absence. Hope to cu all next month. 72

N7KM - I only had a hour to operate. 20 was dead and 40 was very poor. I heard several 40 meter East Coast stations but they were busy working other station in their nearby regions who I'm sure blanketed my little DX signal. 80 meter was fairly good but I only made two contacts and had to leave. It was fun and maybe next month Mother Nature will be a little kinder to us.

VE3DQN - Very high noise tonight at home QTH. Listened early and mid-way into the Sprint and heard no one breaking through noise level. Tried one more time before going to bed, and on 80m KJ4R Ed rescued me from being skunked.

NN3E - Thanks for the QSO'S Happy Thanksgiving Everyone .. 72 Kevin NN3E

KE5YUM - Conditions were good on 80 meters. I worked 3 in my time allotted for the sprint. Thanks to all who worked me. FT 817 @5 watts to an 80 meter dipole. Terry

W4ELP - Nothing heard on 40m.

WB8LZG - Hello Fellow Sprinters! Tuff nite fer the sprint. 40 was slim pickins, 80 was noisy but at least usable. pulled the plug after 1/2 hr of static, but did make 6 QSOs. Hope to have better condx next month. 73 Gregg

WI8J - Thanks for the contacts! 72

KC3MIO - Didn't expect much from 20 given the hour, but I wasn't expecting 40 to be such a dud from PA - one contact. 80 was the whole show from here and I was surprised to work N0TA and W0PWE. I was also puzzled why I had no contacts from PA or NJ on 80. You take what you get and have fun, as usual. Looking forward to the milliwatt sprint in December in addition to the regular sprint. Thanks to all my contacts and apologies to a couple that didn't work. Thanks to the NAQCC and a Happy Thanksgiving to all. 73, Rich

K4BAI - Only 3 QSOs on 40 in about 30 minutes. No signals heard on 20. Did call CQ three times on that band at the start. 36 QSOs on 80, which was quite good. Best distance on 40M was NO2D in CO and on 80M worked out to TX and up to VT, NH, and ME. Thanks for all QSOs. 73/72, John, K4BAI.

VE2KZW - Nothing on 20, tried CQ on 40 but nothing again. Switched to 80 and this time, according to RB, I was heard as far as WI and SC from SW QC, yet, not a single QSO.

K9QEW - Operating portable from AZ. 20m only. Called CQ NA until blue in the face. No QSOs! 73s and Stay Tuned Daryl

VE3GNU - No comments needed----Ernie VE3GNU

NQ2W - If it was easy, it would get ho-hum PDQ. Tried 20m at the start - nothing. Moved to 40m. It was pretty quiet but I was able to make 4 QSOs there. In hindsight, I stayed on 40m too long but I was hoping for conditions to improve. On 80m, I was able to log 15 QSOs. That may be an NAQCC Sprint record for me. The dipole here at my new QTH in the Adirondacks is performing a lot better than the ground mounted, near bottom loaded vertical I used in Albany. Thanks for the contacts and the opportunity to be part of an enjoyable sprint. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. Looking forward to next month...72, Will, NQ2W

WD4OHD - Lots of noise and interference on 40m so I stayed on 80m for the entire sprint. Good propagation on 80m tonight. Thanks to all participants.

KQ1P - Rotten conditions at my QTH, high QRN and weak signals.

KA2KGP - 20m. was dead, 40m. was poor & 80m. was the best, but weak signals here in WNY. Rig: IC-7000 at 5w. into G5RV up 25 ft. w/ straight key. Happy Thanksgiving to all. 73

WA2FBN - Bands noisy and bad QSB. Strong signals would fade in and out. Always fun to try and pull these stations out. 72 Ken

K4JPN - Tried 20M and 40M and nothing heard and no responses to my CQ NA. 80M was hot and had a lot of fun on 80M. 72, Steve K4JPN

WT4U - Just 1 QSO on 40m! All the fun was on 80m, though after a while I'd worked everyone I could hear calling CQ and had to set up camp. Sorry for my sloppy code toward the end: my brain was ready for bed!

N8LA - KX-3, 5W, 200' Dipole @ 35', NAQCCode Warrior Paddles. Heard no sprinters on 20 or 40. Only heard them on 80. Tnx to all who worked me; apologies to those I was not able to pull out. Special tnx to K4KRW for persistence in sending his call over and over until I was able to copy it. Every contact I make is thanks to Jim Cline, KC0DTD, who figured out how to install my antenna around the roof parapet of our condo complex from our first floor condo. He became a silent key on Oct. 27. He was one of the finest and most helpful people I have ever known. Besides being a ARES participant, he helped out at his church food pantry, was an Old Newsboy, a member of the Lions Club, a search and recovery diver for the Coast Guard Auxiliary, an auxiliary member of the University City Police and Fire Departments, and an Army vet. Jim, Lawrence, AD0BI, and I often met for breakfast. The last time we met was Oct. 19, a few days before he was taken to the hospital. He had always promised to give me some divisions of his old fashioned Blue Flag irises. He did so after breakfast on that day. I have planted them in a special area near a large lilac bush in our community garden as a memorial to him. Sorry to go on so long, but I believe that sorrows shared, especially with our amateur radio family, are divided, and joys shared, especially during our monthly sprints, are multiplied. All the Best to You and Yours, Lou, N8LA

AA5LH - Never know what to expect with a Fall Sprint night. It's a joy to just have a excuse to get on the radio. With Savings Time gone, I knew 20M would be gone. What I found was a disappointment on 40M. The QSB was deep & varied in CO. Thanks to those that I worked. See all next month. Take care.

NN9K - Sorry but had to quit early--rain static was nasty and the QSB didn't help!

W2SH - After three hours of darkness 20m was assumed to be closed. At the outset on 40m no signals could be heard, but N2ESE answered my CQ. QRM from unknown manmade electrical sources was very loud. Nobody else was heard and subsequent CQs went unanswered. During a couple of later visits to 40m no signals were heard. 80m had the same high noise level, but thankfully several signals overrode it, and I was blessed with seven QSOs. This total of eight QSOs is a record low among the mostly two-hour participations of my 174 NAQCC monthly sprints.

N2AWE - This was my first Sprint. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to competing against myself in the future. My simple setup of a K2 with a roof mounted vertical performed well.

KB1M - Very poor conditions on 20 and 40 at this QTH, but still had a good evening, my 3 QSO's very much appreciated.

AA9L - Heard nothing on 40 meters. Wondered if I had the wrong day. Judging by the soapbox comments I should have tried 80 meters. I sure will next time!

N5GW - I put up a new antenna, a 60 foot high inverted L in a pine tree using a pole barn tin roof for the ground return. It worked well on 80M during the NAQCC sprint and hopefully will do the job on 160M this winter.

WA1GWH - I worked 80m only and the band was in and out. Quite a few signals and then quite quiet and then back to signals again. That was from central New York state. 72, Garry