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January 2022 QRP/CW Sprint (#207)


N2CN Comments - Results are final. 102 log submissions, a great turnout.

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

W1 Division
KN1H     21   21  42   13  546  x2  1092  400' END FED WIRE                                 
NX1K     21   21  42   13  546  x2  1092  Doublet at 31'                                    
K1MZM    10    9  19    8  152  x2   304  160 meter horizontal loop at 60 feet              
WS1K      9    9  18    6  108  x2   216  200' Doublet @ 35'                                
K1YAN     8    8  16    5   80  x2   160  G5RV Jr. @ 30'                                    
KQ1P      6    6  12    5   60  x2   120  80/40 dipole@30'                                  

W2 Division
W2JAZ    36   35  71   20 1420  x2  2840  Carolina Windom @ 40'                             
WA2NYY   37   37  74   18 1332  x2  2664  80m OCF dipole at 30'                             
W2SH     29   29  58   18 1044  x2  2088  270' ctr fed dpl @45'                             
KA2KGP   23   23  46   16  736  x2  1472  G5RV up 25'                                       
KN2G     10   10  20    8  160  x2   320  80/40 fan dipole on portable tower at 30'         
K2CWM     8    8  16    6   96  x2   192  Vertical (elevated)                               
N2RIC     2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  Inverted L EFHW: 40' vertical, 95' horizontal     

W3 Division
KC3MIO   24   24  48   16  768  x2  1536  Doublet 125' @ 40'                                
KD3CA    10    9  19    7  133  x2   266  OCF  Windom @55 ft                                
AK3X      6    6  12    6   72  x2   144  102 ' inv vee @ 35' with tuner                    
KE3V      1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  80m horizontal loop @ 20ft                        

W4 Division
KC5F     49   49  98   25 2450  x2  4900  80m EFHW up 40 ft                                 
WG8Y     25   25  50   15  750  x2  1500  80m full wave loop                                
K7EK     25   25  50   15  750  x2  1500  Multiband inverted V 60', 6BTV 12' LEVATED RADIALS
K4JPN    24   23  47   12  564  x2  1128  80M CF Zepp                                       
KG4IKQ   19   18  37   13  481  x2   962  20-40 METER DIPOLE AT 30'                         
WB4OMM   18   18  36   12  432  x2   864  G5RV at 35 feet                                   
W4NLT    17   17  34   11  374  x2   748  84 ft end fed in V configuration at 30ft          
WX4RM    14   14  28    9  252  x2   504  6BTV gnd mtd vert                                 
WD4OHD   12   12  24    9  216  x2   432  Ground-Mounted Vertical                           
K4KRW    10   10  20    8  160  x2   320  Inverted V @65'                                   
AB4QL     9    9  18    7  126  x2   252  40 & 80 M dipoles @ 40'                       
N2AWE     9    9  18    7  126  x2   252  vertical, roof mounted                            
N4NN      8    8  16    7  112  x2   224  EFHW @ 40'                                        
N4FI      8    8  16    7  112  x2   224  110' random wire at 25'                           
K3FA      9    9  18    6  108  x2   216  Vertical-ish End fed wire up 65' in a tree        
KA8VZB    3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  60ft End Fed Wire @ 20ft                          
W4LSV     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  22' Wire Vertical                                 
W4HH      1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  end-fed 150-ft wire 20 feet up                    

W5 Division
N5GW     20   20  40   12  480  x2   960  doublet at 25'                                    
KF5WJ     2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  6BTV Vertical                                     

W6 Division
W6STR     3    2   5    2   10  x2    20  EFHW @ 30'                                        
K6GPB     0    0   0    0    0  x2     0  65' end fed 15' high                              

W7 Division
K9QEW     0    0   0    0    0  x2     0  1/4 wave vertical                                 

W8 Division
W8GG     33   33  66   21 1386  x2  2772  dipoles @ 30'                                     
AB8RL    34   32  66   20 1320  x2  2640  80 meter dipole                                   
NF8M     15   14  29   10  290  x2   580  6BTV/dipole/Beverage                              
KI8JY    11   11  22   11  242  x2   484  OCF Dipole at 20'                                 
N8RVE    10   10  20    8  160  x2   320  g5rv up 30 ft.                                    
K3CTN     4    4   8    2   16  x2    32  Par EndFedz 10/20/40 MK II in condo attic         
N8GZ      1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  5 BTV ground mounted                              

W9 Division
WB9HFK   41   40  81   23 1863  x2  3726  End Fed 150 Ft. Wire                              
N8HWV    15   15  30   11  330  x2   660  EFHW AT 15 FT                                     
KA9FQG    2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  G5RV at 37 ft.                                    

W0 Division
KD0V     28   28  56   20 1120  x2  2240  cf Zepp @ 30 feet                                 
NO2D     12   12  24   11  264  x2   528  80 M doublet at 30 feet                           
AA5LH    13   13  26   10  260  x2   520  Delta Loop @ 25'                                  
AA0W      6    6  12    5   60  x2   120  Dipole @ 30 Ft                                    
W0LMS     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  Homebrew inverted V up 35 feet (facing East/West) 

Canada Division
VA3NU    13   13  26   12  312  x2   624  88' Dipole @ 25'                                  

DX Division

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

W1 Division
W1ND     32   31  63   19 1197 x1.5 1795  84' Wire Sloper up 40'                            
K1IX      4    3   7    4   28 x1.5   42  OFCD  UP 35'                                      

W2 Division
WB2LQF   16   16  32   13  416 x1.5  624  INVERTED L  AT 30 FEET                            
WA2FBN    6    6  12    6   72 x1.5  108  dipole at 25 ft                                   

W3 Division
K3WWP     5    5  10    4   40 x1.5   60  ~110' attic random wire                           
NN3E      4    4   8    4   32 x1.5   48  40-80 Trap Dipole inverted vee @ 50 '             

W4 Division
AA2MX    28   28  56   16  896 x1.5 1344  80 MTR OCF DIPOLE                                 
KJ4R     20   20  40   15  600 x1.5  900  134' EFHW                                         
K3RLL    10    9  19    8  152 x1.5  228  Wet string up and over garage roof.               

W5 Division

W6 Division

W7 Division
NG7IL     7    6  13    6   78 x1.5  117  40M dipole @20 feet                               
N7QR      0    0   0    0    0 x1.5    0  Butternut HF6V gnd mtd w/o radials                

W8 Division
K8NGW    15   15  30   11  330 x1.5  495  43' gnd mtd vert w/ 32 radials                    
N8XMS     3    3   6    3   18 x1.5   27  HyGain AV640 Vert                                 

W9 Division
K9DRP    18   18  36   13  468 x1.5  702  EFHW 80 @ 40 ft                                   
AA9L     10   10  20    9  180 x1.5  270  Trap dipole @ 50 feet                             

W0 Division
KD0Q     25   25  50   18  900 x1.5 1350  265' OCF Inverted Vee up 75'                      

Canada Division
VE3HUR    2    2   4    2    8 x1.5   12  40 metre dipole                                   

DX Division

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

W1 Division
AC5XK    20   20  40   13  520       520  EFHW @ 35'                                        
K1WHS     8    8  16    8  128       128  80M doublet @ 50 ft                               
KB1M      7    7  14    6   84        84  40M EFHW                                          
N1JI      6    6  12    4   48        48  88' Doublet @ 30 ft.                              
W1RVY     3    3   6    3   18        18  inv V doublet at 40'                              
N2CN      1    1   2    1    2         2  Indoor 40m dipole                                 

W2 Division
K2OID    12   12  24   10  240       240  80M OCF Dipole @35'                               
N2ESE     5    5  10    5   50        50  40mtr.dipole@35ft                                 
N2EIM     1    1   2    1    2         2  Gnd mrd vert                                      

W3 Division

W4 Division
K4NE     39   39  78   19 1482      1482  inv vee @ 30'                                     
K4KBL    29   28  57   18 1026      1026  dipole @ 50'                                      
N4MJ     29   28  57   16  912       912  40M Windom @ 40 feet                              
K9EYT     0    0   0    0    0         0  60 FT 28 gage wire at 20 feet HOA stealth         

W5 Division
W5WIL    10   10  20    6  120       120  Pacific Antenna 40/20 inverted-v trap dipole @ 30'
KA6J      6    6  12    4   48        48  ground mt vertical                                
KE5YUM    2    2   4    2    8         8  80 meter dipole at 25'                            
N5MHI     2    2   4    2    8         8  100' Longwire at 8 to 20' running N-S             

W6 Division

W7 Division
KF7Z     12   12  24   10  240       240  dpl@ 25'                                          

W8 Division
W8RTJ    27   27  54   18  972       972  endfed wire at 25ft                               
WI8J     14   14  28   13  364       364  130 ft wire at 20 ft                              
WA8SAN    6    6  12    4   48        48  End Fed Wire @ 25 Ft                              

W9 Division
NN9K     40   39  79   22 1738      1738  130ft end-fed @25ft                               
W9REA     3    3   6    2   12        12  dipole @ 40 feet                                  
AB9BZ     2    2   4    2    8         8  EFHW @ 30'                                        

W0 Division
K9OSC    25   25  50   16  800       800  4BTV Ground Mounted                               
AB0TX    20   19  39   13  507       507  40 meter home brew mono bander at 45 feet.        
N8LA     11   10  21    9  189       189  dipole @ 35'                                      
KC2MJT    3    3   6    3   18        18  9:1 balun into raingutter                         

Canada Division

DX Division

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

Straight Key

Bug

Keyer/Keyboard
NQ2W     39   39  78   22 1716      1716  mini beam @25', 40m d-loop @ 50', 80m dipole @ 50'


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STATS:
Logs submitted:                 102
Total participants:             146
Total QSOs:                     1373
States + Provinces represented: 40 + ON

SOAPBOX:

W4HH - Answered a lot of CQs, called a lot, one contact. Listened on 80 and 40, all sigs I heard were weak. CU next month.

N1JI - Tonight was my 50th NAQCC sprint. I only had 30 minutes to operate, but conditions on 80 meters were pretty good tonight. 73 and thanks for the contacts!

AB9BZ - Glad to make a few Q's tonight. Thanks for the sprint. 72 ab9bz

KC2MJT - Felt good just to bag a few tonight. Wouldn't wish a rain gutter on anyone, but it's all I've got and it kinda works

W0LMS - Lots of static crashes and fading of signals, this is my first sprint in a long long time, great to be back at the CW straight key again. Thanks to my one contact for the patience to send slow code, I've brushed up on my CW with my old code quick material. I will get better with each QSO. 73 de W0LMS

KJ4R - Tired tonight so called it quits after an hour. Seemed like good conditions on both 40 and 80. Thanks to everyone for the contacts and hope to see some of you in the 160M Sprint.

K3RLL - K3 to HOA stealth antenna - Good activity on 40m this evening with a few calls from out of the past. How nice! Thanks for the good contacts, old & new. 72 ... Don K3RLL

N2CN - Poor condx on 40m this evening.

WB4OMM - Bands very noisy here tonight, with some deep QSB. After an hour, the noise rose to S9 so I gave up.....was getting a headache! Was glad to work some new folks, KF5WJ #10099, AC5X #10697, and KC5F #10148 as well as some old friends (you know who you are!). Hope to see some of you in the 160M Sprint next week! 72/73, Steve WB4OMM

NO2D - Arm lasted longer than it usually does. 40 meters seemed good while I was on. Did not try 80 or 20 tonight. Thanks as always to those who volunteer to make the sprints possible and fun. NO2D, Pete

KF7Z - Conditions started out good then the band went long very fast, I got quite a few partial callsigns and then they would drop away to nothing, sorry I missed you. Log will be uploaded to LOTW, let me know if you need it somewhere else Elecraft K3s running 5 watts to a SWA diploe at 25' 72 Danny

K1MZM - Wow. What a strange night! Very few signals heard here in Vermont.

K4KBL - Great time as always...nice to work old friends and make new ones ! Wish we were more active QRP in addition to Sprints...

W5WIL - Recently installed new Pacific Antenna 40/20 and 30/17 trap dipoles. Getting older and need resonant antennas (I forget to hit 'tune' on a tuner). They seem to work fine and are a little 'quieter' than the 240' doublet I used for many years. Hope to have a 80/15 dipole up as well before next month. 73, Dennis

K4KRW - I heard very little on 40m. I got 1 contact there. The rest were on 80m. OHR-500 was the rig tonight. Thanks everyone!

NG7IL - First QRP operation for a very long time. Tried to work only CQ NA stations to try and get a feel for the sprint. Had a QRO digital station causing a lot of QRM 7040 - 7045. Guess we are too close. I had fun and will try to participate again. Really been working the CW bands after not much activity for a while. Its good to be back. Thanks to the receiving stations patient enough to work me. 72 de Gil NG7IL

N8HWV - Great band conditions on 80 m. I believe this is my highest Sprint QSO count. Regardless, always fun.

K1IX - Glad to participate in the 1st sprint of 2022. Have missed a lot of them recently, but where was everybody? LOL

KN1H - Just arrived home today after a 52 day camping road trip to CA and back. Thought I had missed the Sprint and am delighted that I was wrong! Great to be home again and operating from something that doesn't move. IC-7300 and Nye Viking Master Key.

K3FA - 20M was closed here, 40M rough, but 80M just right. Always enjoy QRP sprints. Thanks everyone for the fun experience!

AA9L - Not much on 40 but 80 was alive.

N8GZ - Did not hear many, static crashes and high noise, Thanks to all who participate! 73

KC5F - Nothing on 20m, but nice conditions and activity on 40 and 80 tonight. But where was IN?! Thanks to all!

N2RIC - Had some time to get on the air after my wife and sons went to sleep. Got two in the log tonight. I'm getting past the CW jitters and getting better at head copying exchanges. Thank you K4NE and AA2MX for slowing down for me!

WX4RM - Nothing on 20 tonight, but 40 and 80 were working good. Had a good time as always.

AA2MX - Great fun as usual. Worked 80M for this event, seemed like I needed two logs open, one for NAQCC the other for SKCC, got a lot of calls from those folks too. Thanks everyone 72's Bill

NX1K - First NAQCC Sprint since August 2019 and first one in new QTH.

N4NN - QCX-mini EFHW SS

W1ND - 40M was productive even with deep QSB 80M had my wonderful noise floor of S5 that I mitigated and moved along. 80M took longer to fill in for me but I wound up with more contacts on 80M which is normal for me. This was a great Sprint.

WG8Y - Hi all,No 20 or 40M here in NC. Only heard a couple faint signals on 40 so went to 80M. Band was ok but some QRN from the storm coming up from the gulf. I did S&P then Called till I got run off a couple times by QRO net GUYS! They call QRL then start calling. You might as well QSY. Hi Hi. Had fun. Was only going to work a few but kept saying maybe one More. Sorry I missed a couple Calls. See some of you guys on 160m next week. 72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y

AB8RL - Rig mcHF wonderful QRP radio. Not much on 40 all activity on 80. 73 from WV

K2CWM - My score is not usually high, but the fun is. Ran my old IC-703, 5 watts to a vertical, using my (1943) Lionel J38 str key.

K7EK - 40m started out great with excellent signals but they quickly dried up as it seems that everyone moved to 80m. 80m was much more crowded but the numbers of stations participating in NA was very gratifying. Looking forward to the next sprint.

WA2NYY - Strong signals on 80m tonight. Some static crashes, but not too bad. Got nervous that CWT test at 0300Z was going to take out the sprint but it was ok. Good times. 72 Mark

K9DRP - Started calling CQ out of the gate and was promptly answered by AA4W. And then nothing for the next 10 minutes. So I went S&P for the rest of the sprint. Most stations were giving me a better RST than I could give them. 80 was noisy but productive. TNX fer the QSOs es the fun.

WD4OHD - Too much noise on 40m tonight. Propagation on 80m was up and down. Feeling rather lousy this evening so I pulled the plug at 0300 UTC. Not the best band conditions.

N4MJ - Another fun Sprint. 40m died about 0215Z for QRP stations. At 0300Z it was full of QRO CWT stations. 80m was fair but lots of QSB and QRN. Tnx to all participants.

NQ2W - Started out on 20m...nothing. Went to 40 and picked up 4 but the sigs weren't too strong. QSYd to 80m and logged 14 fine QSOs. Back to 40m, where I was able to log 4 more...these were stronger than earlier. Back to 80 to finish out the Sprint with 17 more FB Qs. One two-bander with KG4IKQ. Great to work K3WWP...it has been years since we last QSOd. Thanks for the contacts. Thanks to the organizers for making these Sprints possible. I appreciate the work you do. We share such a great hobby...looking forward to the next one. 72, Will, NQ2W

WB2LQF - Had a good time tonight. KX2 was quite happy to load up my 40-10 meter antenna on 80M. Probably not terribly efficient but it worked to get me some close-in states I usually miss out on. Bug was my Intrepid. See you next month.

K8NGW - Yet again, 80M was the place to be! 40M had slow but deep QSB. Signals went from 599 to unreadable in a span of 20 seconds! Hopefully 160 will be great next week. See you all then!

KI8JY - Nice contest tonight. Thanks to all. Low QRN in OH. No contacts on 40m due to other contest activity & nothing heard on 20m. 73 - Dave

AB4QL - I had a couple of broken contacts with the deep QSB. Fun.

VA3NU - 80 Meters was the band for me tonite. QRN was heavy but manageable with the filters cranked down. Great time tonite, thanks to all. 72

K2OID - Interesting propagation tonight. 40 great for first 45 minutes. 80 good until it began to go out near the end. Lots of fun as usual.

AB0TX - Lots of noise here this evening. Tring to get back on track with QRP. Had to cut time short to join CW Ops. Lots of signals on this evening. Thanks for the Q's. 73 AB0TX

N7QR - My Sprint No. 62: KX3, 5 Watts, '58 Vibroplex, Butternut HF6V gnd mtd vert w/o radials for 1 hour. Heard a couple from IL, CO and TN on 40 with deep QSB, but too weak. High noise on 40 and 80; 20 quiet but no hams. Might try the 160 next week. Russ, Portland OR

N8RVE - My first sprint in naqcc, and I really enjoyed it. The bands could have been better, I lost a couple of contacts due to qrm and qsb, but still an enjoyable evening.

NN3E - Thanks fer the QSO's everyone Happy New Year .. 72 Kevin

AC5XK - 80 meters was very active Happy New Year

WI8J - Thanks for the contacts! 72

N8XMS - Poor conditions and limited time resulted in only 3 QSOs. HNY!

KE5YUM - I had a great time though I couldn't sprint very long. FT 817 5 watts Vibroplex Vibrokeyer.

KA6J - Thanks all for a fun two hours. Got a little crowded with CWT going and had trouble hearing through the QRM, but enjoyable anyway! 73

WS1K - First sprint in about 5 years. All the fun I missed! 20M was NIL, 40 sparse and 80 produced. I hope to make the 160 Sprint.

K4JPN - Tried 20M and 40M, but nothing heard and no replies to CQ. Heavy QRN on 80M, but had fun. 72.73, Steve K4JPN

W8GG - Hello Fellow Sprinters ! Great night fer a sprint. I fired up the FTdx1200 to the trap dipole with good success. I started out on 40M with 2 contacts, but the band was long early. I went to 80M and there were lots of stns calling. I parked up on 3.565 Mcs and had a super fun time working stns one after the other. I was happy to work old friends Louis N8LA, Curt K2CWM, NF8M Frank, and Charles W2SH , as well as many regulars. Nice to also work 3 newer members with #s up above 10K. Welcome aboard gents. I usually don't last the entire sprint, but 80 was better as the night went on. Although it was quite noisy at times. SRI to a few callers who i couldnt get the call. Plus several times had 2 and 3 callers, and that always fun ! Ended out the evening with a FB score. Hope to hear you all next month. 73, Gregg W8GG

KC3MIO - Trying out the Mountaintopper MTR-4B that I received for Christmas, into an Emtech ZM-2 tuner with a Vizkey camelback key. An inauspicious start; no QSOs for 17 minutes when I worked K3WWP. Nothing on 20, some QSOs on 40 and as has been the case lately, 80 was where the action was. Pretty dense with signals. As K3CF noted, no IN, but also no MI and from PA, unusual to not have any contacts south of VA. But good fun as usual. Thanks to all my contacts, the NAQCC and Happy New Year to all you QRP ops. Hope to catch you next week on 160.

WA2FBN - Didn't hear many signals. X5105 at 5w into dipole at 25ft. Enjoyed working sprint as always. 72 Ken

K3CTN - Last Sprint worked was Oct 2019 at previous house. Now live in a condo with HOA antenna restrictions. Sure miss getting a wire out to a tree in open air.

KE3V - Ran the ol' HW-9 tonight. The 20m band was silent. 40m had some activity, but 80m was hopping. Another fun night for radio.

WB9HFK - 80M only this month. Some QRN from storms down South and at times the QSB was pretty severe. Sorry to those I could not pull out of the muck. See everyone in the 160M Sprint next week! 72, Mark WB9HFK

W8RTJ - Nothing heard on 20 , es only made 5 qs on 40. 80 much better es lots of fun . Hoping condx are as good next week for the 160 sprint . Take care es 72 to all . JIM W8RTJ

KA2KGP - 80m. was the best band here in WNY. 40m. was long & weak. Fig: IC-7000 at 5w. into a G5RV up 25 ft. w/ a German WWII Junkers straight key. 73 to all.

K1WHS - I was QRV only for the last 30 minutes or so. 40 was not so good, so I spent my time on 80M. I also forgot that I had a member #. (OOPS!) Sorry bout that I sent 5W by mistake. My member # is 8791. Antenna is an 80M doublet plus some beverage wires on RX.

KB1M - 40 seemed to be in poor shape, so it took some extra willpower to stick with the plan of running QRPp tonight. I don't think I could of worked the Daytona area stations I heard, even with 5 watts. Tnx, 72 Walt

W2JAZ - First NAQCC Sprint in a while and enjoyed it. Gave up after about 90 minutes as I was getting all dupes. Had a lot of trouble with the Uploader because of 1 entry from Bermuda and I finally just deleted it!

N2EIM - I made one other contact but I messed up using the Autologger. I heard several other stations put could not reach them. I called CQ but no takers. I will try again next month.

AA0W - 80 Meters only band was fair lots of QSB and storm noise. Thanks for a fun time.

N2AWE - First time using a straight key in a Sprint. Sending was not the problem. Hearing others was tough. Bands were not in good shape. Thanks to AB8RL for working me. Used a K2 with battery power and a vertical.

K6GPB - Was only available to operate the last 15 minutes of the Sprint. Nothing heard on 20 and 80. 40 had another event at the same time. Called CQ within the time remaining but no results. The other event pretty well occupied the band. Be nice if a gentleman's agreement would enable a portion of 40 to be clear for our Sprint.

W2SH - 40m opened up with a long skip to the south and to the west. In the final half hour it was swamped by CW Ops. 80m's skip zone only extended to medium distances. At the start of the second half hour there were some QRO signals from SKCCers in the lower reaches of our 80m activity area. Don't forget the annual 160m sprint next Wednesday. My five Watts emanated from a Tentec 539 (Argo 6), manipulated by a Junker straight key.

AA5LH - It was pleasant to hear the 40M Sprint segment alive & active. I knew it would be a very good night when I had bagged 3 Q's within the first five minutes. At least here in Colorado, the band stayed strong except for slight QSB breaks. Majority of contacts were above 559 and strong. That is good with my constant S5-6 noise/hash level at the QTH. Look forward to similar future results. Take care to all.

KQ1P - Pretty gud cdx, stayed on 80 and had a grand time. 73 to NAQCC.

K9QEW - Snowbird operations 20 meters only. Very poor band conditions. 73s & STAY TUNED! Daryl

K9EYT - Called C Q but no QSO's first time this happened 5 watts and a wire did not make it, heard a few NA CQ on 40 . Maybe next time . KX3 60 foot wire up 20 feet .

AK3X - Only got to operate for a total of about 20 minutes but fun while it lasted. Happy New Year.

N8LA - KX-3; 5W; 200' Dipole Up 35'; NAQCCode Warrior with W8GG Finger Pieces. Nothing but noise heard on 20 and 40. Noise and signals heard on 80. Thanks for all of the contacts. Nice to work all of you, including old hometown friend Gregg, W8GG. Apologies to all who I could not pull out of the noise. These sprints help me to get by in these times. Within seven days was called upon to speak soothing words to help ease two friends into eternity. Both were people of faith, so I am sure both are in a better place. All the Best to All of You and All of Your Loved Ones. Perhaps we can work in the 160 sprint. Lou, N8LA

N5GW - KX3 & hb straight key to doublet. 40 was in fair shape, allowing several contacts. However after the first hour very few sigs heard- either the band was closing or everyone was heading for 80M or both. Unfortunately 80M was very noisy here including static crashes from a nearby storm front, so I had to quit.

KN2G - Funny story... My wife has bent or broken many telescoping antennas on portable radios over the years. It got to the point where she was "not allowed" to handle them. An hour before this sprint I needed help managing the ropes and wires as I erected my 40' telescoping trailer tower. It was dark. Somehow she bent the top section right over costing me 10 valuable feet of elevation for the sprint. I limped through the sprint. I did not laugh then, but did laugh in the morning.... It will be repaired for the 160 next week!