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December 2021 QRP/CW mW Sprint

VA3PEN Comments - The sprint has ended and scores are final. Thanks all.

Final Results
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

W1 Division
K1MZM    18   18  36    9  324  x2   648  160 meter horizontal loop at 60 feet              
WB1GYZ    3    3   6    2   12  x2    24  Vee                                               
K1YAN     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  G5RV Jr. @ 30'                                    

W2 Division
WA2NYY   15   15  30   10  300  x2   600  80m OCF dipole at 30'                             
W2SH     15   15  30   10  300  x2   600  270' ctr fed dpl @45'                             
KA2KGP   13   13  26    9  234  x2   468  G5RV up 25'                                       
KN2G      7    7  14    6   84  x2   168  80/40 fan dipole on portable tower at 40'         
W2JEK     7    7  14    4   56  x2   112  110 ft end fed up 20 ft                           
K2CWM     5    5  10    3   30  x2    60  Vertical (elevated)                               
WA2FBN    2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  dipole at 25 ft                                   

W3 Division
KD3CA    23   23  46   12  552  x2  1104  OCF  Windom @55 ft                                
KC3MIO   14   14  28   10  280  x2   560  Doublet 125' @ 40'                                
AK3X      9    9  18    4   72  x2   144  102' Doublet inv vee apex 35' 300ohm twin lead    
KE3V      4    4   8    3   24  x2    48  Inverted L @ 30'                                  
K3JZD     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  107' efrw @ 20'                                   
N3AEA     0    0   0    0    0  x2     0  random wire, OCF, 2nd floor window to ground      

W4 Division
WG8Y     30   30  60   16  960  x2  1920  80m full wave loop                                
KC5F     30   30  60   14  840  x2  1680  80m EFHW up 40 ft                                 
K4KRW    21   21  42   13  546  x2  1092  Inverted V @65'                                   
W4ELP    21   21  42   11  462  x2   924  80m windom @ 50'                                  
WT4U     15   15  30   12  360  x2   720  80m EFHW Inv-V @ 35'                              
WD4OHD   13   13  26    7  182  x2   364  80m Ground-Mounted Vertical                       
WB4OMM    7    7  14    6   84  x2   168  G5RV at 35 feet                                   
NT4TS     7    7  14    5   70  x2   140  Wire Dipole @ 25'                                 
NA4O      1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  OCF@25'                                           
WA4CHQ    1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  Delta Loop, apex abt 40'                          

W5 Division
N5GW     23   23  46   14  644  x2  1288  doublet at 50"                               
KE9DR     4    4   8    4   32  x2    64  80M LOOP @70FT                                    

W6 Division
K6GPB     0    0   0    0    0  x2     0  65' end fed 15' high                              

W7 Division
N7KM      2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  OCF Dipole @ 35 feet                              
N7QR      2    1   3    1    3  x2     6  Butternut HF6V gnd mtd vert w/o radials           

W8 Division
K8NGW    10   10  20    7  140  x2   280  43' gnd mtd vert w/ 32 radials                    
K8KUF     4    4   8    3   24  x2    48  WINDOM UP 35 FEET                                 
AB8FJ     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  End-Fed Wire @ 15'                                
NF8M      2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  40m dipole 30ft.                                  

W9 Division
KC9IL    24   24  48   13  624  x2  1248  G5RV at 45 feet.                                  
WB9HFK   20   20  40   13  520  x2  1040  End Fed 150 Ft. Wire                              
KR8L      4    4   8    4   32  x2    64  HF9V vertical, ground mounted                     

W0 Division
AA5LH     2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  Delta Loop @ 25'                                  

Canada Division

DX Division

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

W1 Division
W1ND     11   11  22    7  154 x1.5  231  84' Wire Sloper up 40'                            
NF1U      3    3   6    2   12 x1.5   18  ocf dipole @ 30ft                                 

W2 Division

W3 Division
K3WWP     1    1   2    1    2 x1.5    3  ~110' attic random wire                           

W4 Division
K3RLL     7    7  14    6   84 x1.5  126  Flat black HOA Special after-dark 4-BTV           
N0SMX     3    3   6    3   18 x1.5   27  72ft EndFed Sloper @15-45ft                       
KJ4R      3    3   6    3   18 x1.5   27  134' EFHW                                         

W5 Division

W6 Division

W7 Division

W8 Division
N8XMS     5    4   9    3   27 x1.5   40  HyGain AV640 Vert                                 

W9 Division
K9DRP     8    8  16    6   96 x1.5  144  EFHW 80 @ 40 ft                                   
AA9L      3    3   6    3   18 x1.5   27  Trap dipole @ 50 feet                             

W0 Division

Canada Division

DX Division

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

W1 Division
KB1M      5    5  10    3   30        30  40M EFHW                                          

W2 Division

W3 Division
K3MD     26   23  49   14  686       686  Dpl at 50 feet                                    
KM3D      9    9  18    7  126       126  80 meter inverted V with apex at 48'              

W4 Division
AA4W     16   16  32    9  288       288  Ground mounted vertical                           
N2AWE    13   13  26   11  286       286  vertical, roof mounted                            
K4KBL    12   12  24   10  240       240  dipole @ 50'                                      
K4KO     12   12  24    6  144       144  135' EF Sloper for 80-10m                         
N4MJ      4    4   8    4   32        32  80M OCF @ 40 feet                                 

W5 Division
W3RZ      4    2   6    4   24        24  80M VEE AT500 TUNER ON 40M                        
K5WX      2    1   3    2    6         6  G5RV inverted V at 40 feet                        

W6 Division

W7 Division

W8 Division
W8RTJ    15   15  30    9  270       270  endfed wire at 25ft                               
WI8J     14   14  28    8  224       224  130 ft EFHW at 20 ft                              
W8GG      9    8  17    7  119       119  dipoles @ 30'                                     

W9 Division
N8HWV     1    1   2    1    2         2  EFHW AT 15 FT                                     
KD9LTN    1    1   2    1    2         2  EFHW 128'- long @ 25'                             
AB9BZ     0    0   0    0    0         0  End Fed at 30'                                    

W0 Division
N8LA      4    4   8    3   24        24  dipole @ 35'                                      

Canada Division

DX Division

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

Straight Key


NQ2W     14   14  28    9  252       252  mini beam @25', 40m d-loop @ 50', 80m dipole @ 50'

Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s):
@ Non-member
$ QRO power
Key Type1st2nd3rd
Key Type1st2nd3rd

Logs submitted:                 66
Total participants:             94
Total QSOs:                     588
States + Provinces represented: 27 + ON


N8XMS - Well, I'm happy to say that I worked everyone that I heard with only 900 mW into my HyGain AV640 vertical. Unfortunately that was only 4 members and 1 nonmember, and they were all in about the first 15 minutes of the sprint! After that - zip. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! - N8XMS

K3RLL - While I wouldn't say signals on 40m were strong, it is surprising just how good they are when everyone is running less than one watt of output power. Things moved along fairly steady until a little after 0200z when I think the party moved down to 80m. No 80m here so see you next month and thanks for the nice contacts tonight. 72 ... Don

K3JZD - Noise level too high in my neighborhood. Jody - K3JZD

WB4OMM - Used my K1 at 1W to G5RV on pretty quiet, but worked some "usual suspects" ....hi hi hi .....glad to hear some mW activity. Quit after 70 minutes as it looked like I worked all I was gonna' work. Had fun as always. 72 to all, and to all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

K4KBL - My first mW Sprint and I had a great time. Truly what you can do with one watt ! Worked 10 states with 12 total member contacts... I'll be back ...

N0SMX - running my FT-817nd 1watt battery power to a 72ft EndFed Sloper @ 15-45ft. Thanks to those who pulled me out. Dennis N0SMX #5022

KE3V - It was a nice night for radio. I think everybody had fun.

WB1GYZ - Also heard: K4KBL, WG8Y. Not sure if two QSL's were meant for me. All in all I think I had fun, but an hour was enough. Kinda makes ya appreciate 5 watts, doesn't it?

NF8M - I put up a 40m doublet fed with window line this afternoon so a friend who just bought a KX1 can check it out tomorrow and try in the CWT. I used the antenna and my KX1 tonight (internal battery, 850mw) for the mW sprint and made 2 Qs in 20 minutes. MX es HNY everyone! CU next year.

KE9DR - Less noise than last week, ruff agn but fun. Thanks to all. 73 KE9DR Bert

N8HWV - Heard many, but could only work one with 200 mW.

KC5F - All 80m here tonight. Couldn't pull out a couple, but thanks to all who answered my CQs. Lots of fun, as always!

K5WX - Tough, but fun trying. Was only on 40 meters. I heard some of the usual folks. Just couldn't work them.

N7QR - 4th mW Sprint for me. KX3 1W J37 key into Butternut HF6V gnd mtd vert w/o radials in soggy Oregon. Nothing on 20 and 80. 40 had a lot of rag chewers. Did a half a dozen CQs on 7037.5 cu next year. Russ Portland OR.

K3MD - Very much fun.

W1ND - Wow, this went better than I expected and I have to check, but I think I got more contacts in the mW sprint than last week's QRP sprint. I plugged my KX2 directly into my QTH antenna and bypassed my KX3 station. Noise wasn't too bad on 80 which is making me wonder if I need to run my KX3 cables through toroids. Only one call I heard but couldn't catch, KA2KGP Tom in NY.

WA2NYY - Only band tonight was 80, and is was work. Nothing doing on 20 and 40. Managed only 15 QSOs with a lot of CQs and a bit of search and pounce. Sorry for the stations I couldnt pull out. I'd hear you a few times and then you were gone. Lots of QSB. But lots of fun nonetheless. Happy Holidays to all! WA2NYY Mark

K6GPB - Did not hear any NAQCC members but others were on the air. Was getting out as I saw my call on Reverse Beacon. On a more positive note got lots of exercise calling CQ. Love working the key. Look forward to our next Sprint.

KM3D - Rig here was Elecraft K1 at 700 milliwatts with 2-bands ... I was really surprised that I heard nobody on 40 meters; it sounded like a single band sprint. Yes, I did enjoy the static crashes on 80 meters - I look forward to the milliwatt sprints with relish (not that I do well). Was rock-boound in the last sprint - the VFO makes a GREAT difference ;-) ~ Harry, KM3D

AB8FJ - Elecraft K3/10 at 900 milliwatts to an end-fed wire up 15 feet. Key used was my old 1971 Radio Shack brass key, looks like an Ameco K4. Stayed on 80 meters. NR function in the K3 was helpful tonight. Nice way to spend some time on the night of the Winter Solstice. Merry Christmas and HNY to all. Tnx for the QSOs!

K2CWM - Got in a wee late (SKCC sprint hi hi). Did better than I thought I would with 5 contacts (all on 80m). Set the POWSET on my old IC-703 to one watt, then turned it down to 800mW using an old (1943) Lionel J38 straight key. Multiband vertical on roof. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year. Curt K2CWM NJ

K1MZM - Lots of noise and very few signals on 40 tonight but I did manage to work K4KBL. 80 was much better although we had to share the band with SKCC and a few regional traffic nets. I found that my Loop on Ground receiving antennas do make a difference in hearing the station near the noise level. Glad I got them in before the snow fall here in Vermont. Thanks to everyone for a good milliwatt Sprint. Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday season.

K4KRW - Tonight, KX3 with Begali Blade straight key. I ran 900 mW. I started 30 minutes late. I didn't hear anyone on 40m. 80m was pretty good. Tonight ended up much better than I expected. Lots of good 559 and higher signals. A few were down in the noise but the QSB wasn't too bad. I only had 1 station I could not get back to (N8LA in MO). Thanks for another fun night. 73, Richard

KC9IL - 40 meters was a lost cause tonight. 80 meters was pretty noisy by me, with only a few signals really in the clear. Thanks to everyone who dug me out of the mud. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

WG8Y - Hi all, Started app.15 minutes late.Nothing heard here on 20 or 40M. But 80M was loaded with signals.I ran my KX1 on not to fresh internal batteries. Was showing between 600 & 700 MW's. Used my old Nye viking SK tonite. Considering our power level tonite there were some very good signals. There were also a few I couldn't pull out of the static crashes I was getting.Sorry. Was a Great QRPp Sprint. 72 & Merry Christmas all from N.C. Mark WG8Y

K8NGW - Called on 20M for 5 minutes to no avail. 40M seemed OK, but not a lot of activity. 80M was the place to be. Just as I did last week, in keeping with the holidays, I left my bug on the shelf and used one of my Morse Express Christmas (straight) keys. Happy holidays everyone and see you in 2022!

NQ2W - That was pretty darn awesome. This is such a great hobby! Used my K1 at 1W. I started out on 20 meters but made no RBN spots, nothing. Moved to 40m and made 3 QSOs...tried to make a few more but wasn't heard by the CQer. Moved to 80 and made 11 more QSOs. All the sigs were pretty decent. WB9HFK and KD3CA were exceptionally loud. Thanks for the enjoyable evening and the opportunity to play radio in a sprint/contest format. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! See you in the next one. 72, Will, NQ2W

N7KM - I started on 40 meters and first call I made a contact. Second call I had a reply and before we totally finished the band was gone! I switched to 80 meters and I was excited because of all the activity. Then I realized it was the SKS sprint with wall to wall QRO stations. I hunted among the big signals and finally realized QRPp was a wash tonight. CU next month!

NT4TS - What a fun time! Seven contacts on 1W. Thanks everyone for any repeats, and being incredibly patient; some of you were challenging to pull out of the noise.

WB9HFK - 80M only this evening. Thanks for the Q's and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! 72, Mark WB9HFK

K9DRP - Got called away with a family crisis, so only had an hour to work the sprint. All QSOs on 80 tonight. Heard AC6YY on 40, but he couldn't hear me. Also heard WB4OMM, K5WX, KC5M, KM3D, and NV9X on 80, but didn't have a chance to work them. Ran my mcHF rig tonight (the more I use it the more I like it). And discovered my LDG autotuner won't tune with one watt! Big TNX to all the support crew that makes these sprints fun for us all. Merry Christmas ES 72, Don

W2JEK - Had fun on this sprint. Conditions seemed good. My rig was my Oak Hills OHR-500 with output at 950 MW per my OAK HILLS WM2 Wattmeter. Used one of my SPEEDX straight keys - this one a present from my XYL. 72/73 tnx for QSO'S DON W2JEK


AB9BZ - Tried 40M and 80M, several rigs, all of my wire antennas, even bumped up to 5W before giving up. No Q's, but good learning experience. Happy Holidays, 72 ab9bz

WI8J - Thanks for the contacts! IC-705 at 1 watt. 72

W8RTJ - Thanks to N5GW for only qso on 80 after 20 minutes or more. Went to 40 for much more action hi . Always fun . MX to all 72 JIM W8RTJ

N4MJ - Missed front and back end of the Sprint. Heard/called WG8Y, K4KBL, KD4OHD, KD3CA, N5GW on 80m but no responses. 1 watt to dipole 73 & Merry Christmas to ALL

W4ELP - Same time as SKCC sprint made a lot of QRM.

WA2FBN - Band were very noisy; not many signal heard. 72 Ken

WA4CHQ - As you can see, I didn't really have a very successful Sprint. lol Forty didn't sound that great but maybe it improved, I don't know.... Merry Christmas everyone!

KC3MIO - I wish more ops knew what one watt can do. Icom 705 @ one watt. The MW sprints are more challenging, but they're great fun. Only made one contact on 40, although I went back to it several times. I even tried 20 to no avail. As it has been recently, 80 was the place to be. I was pleased to work N0TA and N5GW; I heard N5GW on 80 but he didn't hear me. I wonder if the NAQCC should have a few ad hoc sprints around mid-day, so that 20 and maybe 15 and 10 would be in play. Best wishes to all for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, thanks to the NAQCC and my contacts.

W8GG - Hello Fellow Sprinters ! Gud condx fer mw sprint. I fired up the K2 at 900mw solar pwr. The SKCC boys were also playing , which made it interesting, but still managed to hear some peanut whistles in between the powerhouse stns. 40 was long early so i went to 80 to start out and 1st QSO was wid a SKCC member. (he answered my CQ) 80 was the band of choise, but very crowded. at the top of the hr i went to 40 and founf 2 florida stns AA4W, es K3RLL, but now joy out to the west or east. Went back to 80 fer a couple more es called it gud. Hd a blast trying to pull a couple of u out of the mud. Still amaizing what a wire es 900mw will do. MX es HNY to all. 73 Gregg W8GG

K1YAN - Heard three and worked one. All on 40 ... nothing heard on 80 or 20.

AA4W - 20 was DOA at the start (MUF 8 MHz) Plenty of stations on 40 and 80. Great turn-out! And a fun sprint. Merry Christmas to all. 4W

KA2KGP - Crowded bands with NAQCC, SKCC & others. Good band conditions for MW Sprint. Rig: IC-7000 at 1w. into G5RV up 25 ft. w/ old WWII German Junkers straight key. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all. 73

WT4U - Almost no joy on 40m again, but 80m was hopping along--a bit too much for the first half hour while we overlapped with SKCC's sprint. Apologies to a few stations I just couldn't pull out of the noise. 5W might have been enough to make the difference those few times, but overall I did much better than last week. Even split between CQ and hunt & pounce. FT-817 with homebrew NESCAF audio filter. Looking ahead to 160m next month.

KD3CA - Turned radio on early to check band's which was very QRN but heard a lot of good signals on 80 mtrs. Was the SKCC SKS sprint. Was running the kx3 with 1 Watt and key was a bug. worked several SKCC members. When the NAQCC sprint started I changed key to the Viz Cootie. John K3WWP was my first contact, was my pleasure as I hadn't heard John here for a while. Only worked 1 station on 40mtrs and the rest on 80. Many thanks to all for the calls . Sorry to those I couldn't pull through the QRN . 73's Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Don

WD4OHD - Rough going on 80m until 0200 UTC while the SKCC Sprint was going on, but things quieted down after that. A lot of short propagation with the occasional signal from farther out. Still, pretty amazing what you can do with less than a watt of RF output. Nothing heard on 20m or 40m. Thanks to all who hung in there with me and happy holidays to all.

AA5LH - Not a lot of signals heard on 40M with the moderate QSB present. Stations were heard but just couldn't pull them in before they faded away. Wishing all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Take care.

KB1M - Ran at 500 mW and feel that I had at least 3 DB more fun than if at 1 watt. Thanks for the QSO's, 72/73 Walt

AK3X - Didn't hear much in the noise on 40. 80 meters was much better. Late start and about a 45 minute interruption but had fun. I enjoy the QRPp sprints. Merry Christmas to all.

KR8L - 20 meters seemed dead. 80 meters was very quiet, a pleasant change from summer. I only made a minor effort but was glad to see several very low power stations on. I enjoy trying to see how far can be worked with how little power. (I'm up to 8700 miles/watt with 100 mW on FT8, need to spend more time with QRPp CW.)

W2SH - 40m had a long skip and three of my first four QSOs were with FL stations, all with robust signals. Although I then moved to 80m, a check of 40m during the second hour showed a completely dead band. I paused for a bit more than a half hour to chase foxes and hounds on 160m using five Watts, returning for nine more QSOs for a total of 11 on 80m.

N5GW - KX3 at 900 mW. I was out of doors portable under a big pine tree. It was 40 F but I was well dressed for cold. 40M was fair at first, then either it faded or all QRPers departed for 80M. Both bands in only fair shape.

N2AWE - First mini sprint. Actually, first time I ever transmitted less than a watt. Very challenging to hear others. Thanks to everyone who worked me. Used my K2 (4712) which I built many years ago, bencher paddles and a roof mounted vertical antenna.

KN2G - It took 6 hours to set up my "new" 40' tower trailer modified from a portable construction light tower and then trim and tune my new 80/40 inverted vee complete with hb balun. What a satisfying night! 500mw and 7 contacts from my new qth! 40 was dark and mysterious fading in and out so I hit 80 and got several solid contacts amid the chaos of double sprints.