December 2021 QRP/CW Sprint (#206)
N2CN Comments - Scores are final.
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
W1GF 21 20 41 11 451 x2 902 Dipole @ 45', Gnd mtd Vertical
WB1GYZ 11 11 22 9 198 x2 396 Sloping Vee fm gnd rod into pines.
KA2KGP 25 24 49 16 784 x2 1568 G5RV up 25'
W2SH 19 17 36 13 468 x2 936 270' cf dpl @ 45'
K2CWM 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 Vertical (elevated)
W2JEK 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 110 ft end fed wire up 20 ft
KN2G 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 12ft buddipole ground mounted
KC3MIO 25 25 50 17 850 x2 1700 Doublet 125' @ 40'
K3JZD 14 13 27 11 297 x2 594 107' efrw @ 20'
KD3CA 13 11 24 11 264 x2 528 OCF Windom @55 ft
AK3X 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 102' inv vee @35' 300 ohm twin lead /tuner
K4KRW 27 26 53 17 901 x2 1802 Inverted V @65'
WB4OMM 23 23 46 16 736 x2 1472 G5RV at 35 feet
WD4OHD 17 17 34 13 442 x2 884 Ground-Mounted Vertical
KC5F 15 15 30 11 330 x2 660 80m EFHW up 40 ft
W4NLT 12 12 24 7 168 x2 336 84 ft end fed in V configuration at 30ft
WX4RM 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 6BTV gnd mtd vert
N4FI 8 8 16 5 80 x2 160 125' randow wire @ 25'
W4SKB 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 Inverted-L
W4LSV 6 6 12 4 48 x2 96 22' gnd mtd vert
KK4ITX 5 4 9 5 45 x2 90 65ft Inv V
K4ARQ 6 5 11 4 44 x2 88 EF Zepp @ 35'
AB4QL 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 40 & 80 M dipoles @ 40'
WT4U 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 80m EFHW Inv-V @ 35'
WG8Y 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 80m full wave loop
NA4O 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 OCF@25'
K9EYT 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 60 FT 28 gage wire at 20 feet HOA stealth
KN4RQD 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 40m EFHW @ 20'
W4HH 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 end-fed 150-ft wire 20 feet up
N5GW 28 28 56 14 784 x2 1568 doublet at 50
KN1H 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 30' END-FED WIRE
K5MBA 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 Novice 90 @ 15 feet
KE9DR 3 3 6 2 12 x2 24 80M LOOP @70FT
K6FA 7 7 14 4 56 x2 112 Vertical (Butternut HF9V) Ground Mounted
K6GPB 2 2 4 1 4 x2 8 65' end fed 15' high
K9QEW 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 1/4 wave vertical
W8GG 12 12 24 10 240 x2 480 dipoles @ 30'
K8NGW 12 12 24 9 216 x2 432 43' gnd mtd vert w/ 32 radials
K8KUF 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 WINDOM UP 35 FEET
N8GZ 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 5 BTV on ground w / radials
$NF8M 11 10 21 9 189 x2 378 6BTV & dipole/beverage
WB9HFK 17 17 34 12 408 x2 816 End Fed 150Ft. Wire
KA9FQG 7 7 14 5 70 x2 140 G5RV at 37 ft.
N8HWV 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 EFHW AT 15 FT
NO2D 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 80 meter doublet ladder line fed at 30 feet
AA5LH 3 2 5 3 15 x2 30 40-10 Delta Loop @ 25'
VE2KZW 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 EZWire end-fed, 52 feet, sloping from 21 to 16 ft
SWA - BUG CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
W1ND 11 11 22 7 154 x1.5 231 84' Wire Sloper up 40'
W1TER 8 8 16 8 128 x1.5 192 doublet@ 35 ft
WA2FBN 9 9 18 7 126 x1.5 189 dipole at 25 ft
WB2LQF 4 4 8 3 24 x1.5 36 iNVERTED L AT 30 FEET
NN3E 3 3 6 3 18 x1.5 27 40-80 Trap Dipole inverted vee @ 50 '
K3WWP 1 1 2 1 2 x1.5 3 ~110' attic random wire
KJ4R 36 36 72 19 1368 x1.5 2052 134' EFHW
K3RLL 10 10 20 6 120 x1.5 180 HOA Stealth black, after-dark only 4-BTV
WD4CFN 7 7 14 6 84 x1.5 126 140' doublet up about 40'
NF5U 8 8 16 7 112 x1.5 168 40m/80m trap dipole at 33ft
N7QR 0 0 0 0 0 x1.5 0 Butternut gnd mtg vert w/o radials
N8XMS 12 12 24 8 192 x1.5 288 HyGain AV640 Vert
K9DRP 22 21 43 16 688 x1.5 1032 EFHW 80 @ 40 ft
K9NUD 15 15 30 11 330 x1.5 495 132' end fed half wave inverted L
KD0V 3 3 6 3 18 x1.5 27 cf Zepp @ 30 feet
VE3HUR 0 0 0 0 0 x1.5 0 40 metre dipole
SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
KB1M 11 11 22 7 154 154 40M EFHW
N1JI 8 8 16 6 96 96 88' Doublet @ 30 ft.
K2OID 20 20 40 13 520 520 80M OCF Dipole @ 35'
N2ESE 5 5 10 5 50 50 40m dipole@35ft
K4KBL 30 28 58 14 812 812 dipole @ 50'
N2AWE 11 11 22 9 198 198 vertical, roof mounted
K5WX 12 12 24 9 216 216 G5RV inverted Vee at 40 feet
KA6J 4 4 8 4 32 32 ground mt vertical
WA5RML 1 1 2 1 2 2 40M dipole at 5' - hanging on backyard fence
KE5YUM 1 1 2 1 2 2 80 meter dipole at 25 feer
NS3C 4 4 8 1 8 8 Vertical @ 30'
AB9CA 1 1 2 1 2 2 vert
WI8J 10 10 20 8 160 160 130 ft EFHW at 20 feet
WB8ENE 6 6 12 3 36 36 135' doublet @ 15'
WA8SAN 3 3 6 3 18 18 End fed wire @ 25ft
WR9R 15 15 30 10 300 300 Vertical quarter-wave, 80M Dipole @ 30ft
AB9BZ 0 0 0 0 0 0 EFHW @ 30'
N0TA 12 12 24 9 216 216 Doublet at 25 ft
N8LA 8 8 16 7 112 112 dipole @ 35'
KC2MJT 0 0 0 0 0 0 9:1 BALUN INTO RAINGUTTER
VE2VAB 22 22 44 13 572 572 Multiband dipole at 40 ft
VE3DQN 7 7 14 7 98 98 40/80m fan dipoles @40ft
VE3GNU 2 2 4 2 8 8 DXCC@40'
GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
KF6C 15 12 27 13 351 x1.5 526 40 Steppir DB18 at 50 ft. 80 dipole 50ft
NQ2W 32 32 64 18 1152 1152 mini beam @25', 40m d-loop @ 50', 80m dipole @ 50'
Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s):
$ QRO power
|SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY|
|SWA - BUG CATEGORY|
|SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY|
|W5||K5WX||KA6J||WA5RML KE5YUM (TIE)|
|GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY|
|FIRST TIME ENTRANT HIGH SCORE|
|PRIZE DRAWING WINNER|
Logs submitted: 88
Total participants: 122
Total QSOs: 812
States + Provinces represented: 32 + ON QC
W4HH - Noise wiped out 40 here; 80 not much better.
K3RLL - Back in FL for the winter and life under the tyranny of HOA antenna restrictions. That said, many thanks for those who heard me.
Great mix from 56 - 10,980. Sri I didn't recognize Gregg with his new call. Fun 23 minutes! 72 ... Don
KC2MJT - Skunked second month in-a-row. Heard only one station, WB4OMM, on 40M. Signals heard on 80M, but rag chewers. 20M was a blank landscape.
N8XMS - My available time was limited but it was a lot of fun while it lasted. I'm going to try and get on for the QRPp sprint next week as well. Merry Christmas and 73
VE3DQN - Reasonably good conditions tonight. Wish I could have stayed on the air longer.
KC5F - Limited time due to a medical procedure prep that kept me, shall we say, running...! But I couldn't miss a Sprint. Thanks all, and see you next week!
WB4OMM - 20M was dead at the start. Started calling CQ on 40M, did pretty steady for the first hour, then the band pooped out here. Signals were pretty good, but some QSB on a few. Called some on 80M, nada answer (finally worked a member and had a short rag chew)....didn't really hear any other signals either. And just like the bands, I was pooped so I called it quits after 75 minutes.
Thanks to all I worked and safe and happy holidays to all...hope Santy Klaws bring lotsa nice ham toys, er, I mean presents!!!
Maybe see you on the mW Sprint next week!
72/73, Steve WB4OMM
WB2LQF - What a weird night! QSB taking signals from over S9 (K3RLL; WB4OMM; K9DRP) down below the noise which was pretty significant. Band seemed long when I actually heard signals. Seemed like there was a lot of activity but it was all way, way down. Would have stayed on but my KX2's internal batteries went low, causing me to lose the beginning of the first character from my bug, so called it an early night. Looking forward to 2022. Season's Greetings to all!
VE2KZW - I started on 40m but RB never picked me up. Moved to 80m where things were quite a bit better. It seems that I was heard better than I could hear. But I am happy with my 3 QSOs. Thanks to all and 73.
N0TA - Slow night in Colorado. Thanks for the Q's.
KF6C - Long time since doing NAQCC sprint Mess up quite a lot!
N8HWV - Abysmal.
KN1H - Set up portable station while camping in Truth Or Consequences, NM on the banks of the Rio Grande river. Could only manage a short end-fed wire but had a lot of fun. Used KX2 @5W and Electrovoice KY-605 straight key. Thanks to all who heard me!
KE9DR - Noise was high, QBS, tuff. Enjoyed trying. 73 Bert KE9DR
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.
W1ND - First NAQCC Sprint from our new QTH and it went better than I expected.
40M was pretty dead and 80M is mostly lost for me here due to interference that doesn't originate from our house. I got a good run going, then lost 80M due to S8 noise. I waited it out and was able to get one more.
Gone are the days of endless 80M contacts for me.
WD4CFN - Ant 140' doublet up 40'. Thanks for the Q's and for putting up with my poor bug fist!
K6FA - Not much activity out here in CA. Did hear KR0U but he was being a FOX so did not work him. Hope fully there will be better conditions as sunspot improve and more activity. Happy Holidays and 73, David K6FA
K3JZD - No joy on 40m - seemed like it was too long here in WPA. So, it all 80m for me. Because of the beautiful !*%$*^% seasonal LEDs that are cluttering up my neighborhood, I had to deal with a variable noise level on 80m. So, if you tried calling me and I did not hear you, that would probably be why. K4 running 5w with 107' EFRW. Jody - K3JZD
NA4O - Very tough copy here. Only 3 contacts, but that is all I heard in 2 hours.
W4SKB - This was my first attempt. I was surprised what 5-watts into an Inverted-L can accomplish.
I would like to say a big Thank You for all your patience with my very poor fist.
K5WX - Tough, rough night!!! There are some pretty amazing ops out there to be able to copy the signals tonight.
K9NUD - Fun event. 40 was deadsville but 80 was respectable. A big thank you to everyone who I worked, and also that "N4" that couldn't crack my noise floor (sri om)
K2CWM - Got off to a slow start because of 'technical' problems, so only 7 for me. 40m not good here. Ran my old IC-703 set at 5 watts to a vertical, using an old (1943) Lionel J38 straight key.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.
Curt K2CWM NJ
K9DRP - Lots of sigs on the bands tonight! First run for me on a sprint with the 703. Took time out to go fox hunting during the sprint. Hope to hear everyone in next week's MW sprint. 72, Don
NF8M - Realized during the third QSO that I hadn't dialed my power back so the first three were at 100 watts, so I'm submitting as QRO. Op time about 1 hour. 40 was okay. On 80 the local noise level's up, probably due to the thousands of noisemaking LED holiday lights in the area. Good sigs nonetheless. Worked one guy not in the contest who said he was using a 1929 Hartley oscillator and it chirped like it. See you next week for the mW.
WB9HFK - Part time this Month. I was also chasing in the QRP Foxhunt on 40M.
Sorry to those I could not pull out of the noise. Seemed to be quite alot of QSB also. I was using a new to me J-37 tonight. Happy Holidays to all, and I hope to see everyone next week in the mW Sprint! 72, Mark WB9HFK
NO2D - 40 Meters was not in good shape here in Parker, either for the NAQCC sprint or for the Tuesday night Fox Hunt. I was happy for the few contacts that I did make. Peter, NO2D
K4KRW - Wow. 40m was pretty lousy. I started there and got nothing. 80m was better but there was a bit of QSB and a fair amount of noise. I ended up going back to 40m about 1 and a half hours in and did pick up a couple. I'm getting a lot of contacts with members with 5 digit numbers. Nice to see newer members having fun. Great hearing everyone. 73, Richard
WA5RML - First NAQCC Sprint in about 10 yrs. Elecraft KX3 @5W to 40M dipole at 5 feet - hanging on a fence. Only one QSO (KC3RN - tnx). Heard a few other stations down in the noise, but no general not much activity heard. I see that others had much more success, so looks like I need to get the antenna back up in the air!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
KN4RQD - Ran my QCX Mini with a J-38 key. Tricky conditions on 40m produced few QSO's, but still lots of fun.
AB4QL - When I first got on I thought my 40 meter antenna must have fell to the ground. I went to 80 and found a few contacts. I built a cootie key last week and have been trying to learn to use it. Somehow the ops on the other end managed to copy my rough sending! Thank you! I promise I will get better! After over 40 years on a paddle it is a bit difficult changing over.
WB1GYZ - I keep hoping the bands will return to the way they used to be... unless, of course, the sun has run out of spots.
K8NGW - To help get into the holiday spirit, this month I left my bug on the shelf and used one of my Morse Express Christmas (2017) keys! Called on 20M for 5 minutes to no avail. 40M and 80M seemed to be in good shape but there didn't seem to be many participants. (?) I'll turn down the power and see you all next week!
WD4OHD - Every QSO was a struggle for the first half of the Sprint on 80m and for the whole Sprint on 40m. Lots of weak signals, QSB, QRM, and QRN for the full two hours.
Thanks to all who stuck it out.
K2OID - 40M was mediocre tonight, but 80M was fantastic. Had a great time. Thanks everyone for your patience.
K6GPB - 40 meter band was a little better than last month. Look for a great opening next month.
N7QR - Sprint 61 for me, KX3, 5 Watts, '58 Vibroplex, Butternut HF6V gnd mtd vert w/o radials for the first 1.5 hours. Heard a couple on 40 but too weak. Nothing on 20 or 80.
CU for the mW. Russ, Portland OR
W2JEK - Got on late Rig KNWD725D at 5W. Speedx str key. Had fun
72/73 DON W2JEK
NN3E - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Thanks for the QSO'S
WI8J - Thanks for the contacts! 72
KE5YUM - Weak conditions prevailed on 80 meters so I was only able to work one. Thanks to N8LA for digging me out of the noise. FT 817 at 5 watts with Vibroplex Vibrokeyer.
KA6J - Thanks all for my first NAQCC sprint. Only had 40m available to me. 5 watts to a ground-mounted vertical, iambic key. Enjoyed it! I will be back!
WB8ENE - It's been quite a while since my last sprint. Couldn't seem to make any contacts on 40, so I switched to 80. Had about an S4 noise level here. Had fun using my K3NG Arduino CW Keyer with a keyboard to transmit. Rig is Elecraft K3. 73, and thanks for the contacts.
K9QEW - Snowbird portable operations from Mesa,AZ. 20 meters only. Called CQ NA until blue in the face--NO CONTACTS! 20 meters dead! 73s & STAY TUNED, Daryl
VE3HUR - Another night with no one to play with. Only heard NF5U and K3WT who was 549 but neither heard my calls.
KK4ITX - Welcomed Jeff #11008 as a NEW member. He had joined after I downloaded the member list earlier in the day..... lesson learned !
WG8Y - Hi all, Didn't stay on long. C everyone in the QRPp next week.
72from N.C. Mark WG8Y
VE3GNU - Terrible conditions at this QTH---and 'hard on the ears' too, but remaining optimistic just the same. 73, Ernie
W8GG - Hello Fellow Sprinters ! I fired up the FTdx1200 last night, es broke out the straight key. Just got a new call, W8GG. i threw a few of you fer a loop. After 50 years as WB8LZG i got the chance to get a real contest call. love it. Started out on 40m to hear WB4OMM loud n clear. 40 was going long early, es 8o had plenty of activity, but lots of noise hear in Mich. Nice to hear old pal Louis N8LA, es many others regulars too. Hope to hear all of you in the mw sprint next week. Merry Christmas to all. 73, W8GG #1444
K5MBA - My last NAQCC contest was November 2020 because my work schedule changed. This past weekend, I put up a Novice 90 so the antenna would fit my HOA post stamp lot and give me access to 80 meters. It worked! I heard many signals on 80 and snagged the three that were calling CQ NA. It also worked on 40 on the Novice 90, but with noise and band conditions I only snagged one. I had a great time and happy to be back on 80 meters, 73s Bob
WT4U - I was surprised to see how well some ops did. I couldn't hear much on 40, which seemed to be long but weak on RBN, with stations I wanted skipping over my head. Oddly, the only 40m contact I managed was with Ed KJ4R, just over the mountains in SC. Worked him again later on 80m. Good to see Jerry K4KBL on the air instead of email. Even when John N0TA are both having rough conditions we usually manage to make a CO / TN connection. 72, and let's try it again next week!
NQ2W - I started out on 20m but had no success there. 40m was good for 5 QSOs. I'm not satisfied with the performance of my 40m delta loops and I am looking for an alternative. I'm not sure if it's the band or the antennas but 40m has been a struggle since I got back on the air. 80m allowed for 27 QSOs, mostly all solid copy. My 80m dipole seems to be working quite well. KJ4R and WD4CFN were worked on both 40 and 80. I believe this is the first time I worked 2 VE2s in the same sprint, thanks VE2KZW and VE2VAB. All in all, a very enjoyable evening at NQ2W. It's great to be back! Thank you all for the opportunity. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 72, Will, NQ2W
WA2FBN - Bands didn't seem very active tonight. Xiegu X5105 into dipole. KN4YB DL150 (dual lever rt angle) bug. Forty died fairly early so switched to 80. 72 Ken
N8GZ - Thought the antenna was down, heard little, gave up after an hour. Thanks to all and Merry Christmas!
WX4RM - I couldn't believe how bad the band conditions were for the first half hour of the sprint, QRN and QSB big time. Glad I didn't give up, was able to log 7 contacts, first time being able to reach New Mexico, tnx KN1H. Merry Christmas to all, and a happy New Year!
W4NLT - Tough night. Only 80M worked for me and noise level was tough on my one good ear. Appreciate WD4OHD's effort to complete our QSO though a lot of noise. 72
KD3CA - Band pretty tough here with QRN Did work a few, and had 2 nice QSO Thanks to Ted in DE K3RTA for FB qso , don't hear DE much here .
Merry Christmas to all . Don
KA2KGP - 7 QSO's on 40m. but 80m. was the best band this sprint. Rig: IC-7000 at 5w. into G5RV up 25 ft. w/ straight key. 73 & Merry Christmas to all.
KC3MIO - I was going to use the G90 but I inadvertently bricked it and switched to the 7300. I had nothing for 12 minutes, but then things picked up after I switched from 40 to 80. I kept going back to 40 in the hope of a contact and I did work N0TA, KN1H in NM and N5GW, but 80 was the place to be. Nice to work some new members, nice to work VE3DQN and VE2VAB after a VE/A drought, and I am looking forward to the Milliwatt Sprint next week. I thought the G90 was kaput but I think I know what happened to the G90; I need to reinstall the firmware. Merry Christmas, 73/72 to all and the NAQCC.
W1TER - 40 meters was like a ghost town in Ct.
N5GW - 20 was dead before dark. 40 was fair - 80 a bit noisy. Looking forward to the mW sprint next week.
K9EYT - Did not hear anyone on 20 , 40 was open , I had just put my winter shack Back on the air here Nr Tampa Bay Ant 28 gage 60 ft wire 20 ft up and a icom AH4 tuner seemed to load and worked out well. 706mk11 at 5 watts Thanks for the QSO,S Ray
W2SH - The skip on 40m was long, and my first three QSOs were with FL stations, all very loud. The band was very noisy and other signals weak. After spending 30 minutes in the 40m Fox Hunt, I went to 80m, staying there for the final hour. There was less noise than on 40m and signals were much louder.
N8LA - KX3, 5W, 200' Dipole @35', NAQCCode Warrior Paddles. Heard no sprint signals on 20 or 40. S9 noise on 80 but was able to work some stations through the QRN including old homeboy GRE(W8)GG with his new call. Congratulations to you, Gregg, on your "upgrade." The sound of QRN had a lullaby effect that put me to sleep at the rig for an hour. When I awoke (NOT WOKE!!) more stations were there than before I fell asleep. Thanks for all the contacts and apologies to those I could not pull out or who worked me though I did not record because I was asleep. Best Wishes For A Blessed Holiday Season And New Year! Lou, N8LA
N2AWE - Rough night. 40 was dead. 80 wasn't much better. Thanks to everyone who responded to me.
AA5LH - One Q on a very dull 40M. A Non-Sprinter Bonus guy in OH. The positive news was working my first 80M Sprint station-N0TA. Thank you. Take Care & a Merry Christmas to All.
AK3X - Missed the first 30 minutes and was participating in the 40 meter QRP Foxhunt which took most of my attention.
KN2G - I am at my new valley bottom qth. last sprint I heard nothing. I spent some time trouble shooting connections and fixed an intermittent coax connector. this sprint I heard several on 40 but could not work them. I let the ldg tuner match up the buddipole on 80 and after an hour got one glorious contact! watch out though, i've planted seeds for my new antenna farm!