March 2022 QRP/CW Sprint (#209)
N2CN Comments - Results are final.
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
K1MZM 32 31 63 20 1260 x2 2520 160 meter horizontal loop at 60 feet
KN1H 28 28 56 16 896 x2 1792 400' END FED WIRE
WB1GYZ 21 21 42 15 630 x2 1260 sloping vee
K1YAN 12 12 24 8 192 x2 384 G5RV Jr. @ 30'
K1IX 6 6 12 4 48 x2 96 HB EFLW 250'
W1VKE 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 80-10 EFHW slope 40 feet to 20 feet
KQ1P 3 3 6 2 12 x2 24 80/40 dipole@30'
KA2KGP 34 34 68 19 1292 x2 2584 G5RV up 25'
W2JEK 24 24 48 14 672 x2 1344 20M GND PL ON ROOF, 40/80 110FT END FED UP 20 FT
W2SH 21 21 42 15 630 x2 1260 270' cf dpl @ 45'
K2CWM 16 16 32 9 288 x2 576 Vertical (elevated)
KN2G 12 12 24 8 192 x2 384 80/40 fan dipole on portable tower at 30'
WA2FBN 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 EFHW sloper at 25ft
N2RIC 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 EFWH, inverted L
K3JZD 43 42 85 21 1785 x2 3570 40m Dipole @25', 80m 107' EFRW @ 20'
KD3CA 35 33 68 21 1428 x2 2856 OCF Windom @55 ft
KC3MIO 26 26 52 16 832 x2 1664 Doublet 125' @ 40'
AK3X 12 12 24 11 264 x2 528 102ft inv v doublet apex 35ft/tuner 290 ohm feed
KE3V 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 80m horizontal loop @ 20'
WA3FIR 3 3 6 2 12 x2 24 dipole @ 20'
KY4ID 39 39 78 28 2184 x2 4368 100' Doublet over the house; 35' AGL
K4BAI 43 42 85 22 1870 x2 3740 20M dipole at 3' 40M dip at 30' 88' cv zepp at 45'
KC5F 35 34 69 21 1449 x2 2898 8
WG8Y 27 26 53 18 954 x2 1908 80m loop top at 50ft.
WB4OMM 23 23 46 16 736 x2 1472 G5RV at 35 feet
W4NLT 21 21 42 15 630 x2 1260 84 ft end fed in V configuration at 30ft
WX4RM 20 20 40 15 600 x2 1200 6BTV gnd mtd vert
KA8VZB 13 13 26 10 260 x2 520 60ft End Fed Wire @ 20ft
N2AWE 12 12 24 10 240 x2 480 vertical, roof mounted
WD4OHD 11 11 22 8 176 x2 352 Ground-Mounted Vertical
K9EYT 6 6 12 6 72 x2 144 End feed wire 50ft in the trees
NA4O 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 OCF@25'
W4HH 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 end-fed 150-ft wire 20 feet up
W1BLU 3 3 6 2 12 x2 24 Dipole @ 36'
WT4U 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 80m EFHW Inv-V @ 35'
KK4ITX 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 65ft EF 17' to 9ft
KN4RQD 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 40m EFHW @ 20'
N5GW 23 23 46 14 644 x2 1288 doublet at 25'
AI5EQ 7 7 14 4 56 x2 112 ham stick on car top
AC5BX 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 G5RV over house into trees
KJ4WNA 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 Alex Loop on a 4 foot tripod, oriented E/W
K7ZI 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 OCF Dipole at 50 ft.
AE7TG 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 Cushcraft Multi-band Vertical
W8GG 20 20 40 16 640 x2 1280 doples at 35'
KI8JY 9 9 18 6 108 x2 216 135' OCF Dipole at 20' AGL
K3CTN 9 9 18 6 108 x2 216 End fed antenna in condo attic.
NF8M 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 6BTV
N8RVE 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 g5rv up 30 ft.
N8GZ 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 5 BTV ground mounted
N8XMS 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 HyGain AV640 Vertical
WB9HFK 50 48 98 28 2744 x2 5488 Hustler 6BTV Gnd Mtd with 60 Radials
N8HWV 27 27 54 15 810 x2 1620 EFHW AT 15 FT
K9NUD 18 16 34 14 476 x2 952 130' efhw up 35'
W9YO 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 40M wire dipole at 20 feet
KD9EBS 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 Attic dipole at 25'
N0TA 36 36 72 24 1728 x2 3456 Doublet at 25 ft, Vertical
KD0DK 14 14 28 13 364 x2 728 102 ft long wire
N0IPA 11 11 22 10 220 x2 440 INV L up 65'
AA5LH 6 6 12 6 72 x2 144 Delta Loop @ 25'
NO2D 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 80 M doublet at 30 feet
KD0V 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Folded Dipole @ 25 feet
W0LMS 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 Homebrew inverted V up 35 feet (facing East/West)
$AD0YM 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 OCF Dipole @ 30 FT
VE3KZ 24 24 48 17 816 x2 1632 40 vert, 80 dipole
VA3NU 15 15 30 8 240 x2 480 88' Dipole @ 25'
VE3IIM 11 11 22 6 132 x2 264 fan dipole...160-10 metres at 30 feet
VE2KZW 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 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 21 20 41 12 492 x1.5 738 84' Wire Sloper up 40'
NN3E 6 6 12 5 60 x1.5 90 40-80 Trap Dipole inverted vee @ 50 '
K3WWP 2 2 4 2 8 x1.5 12 ~110' attic random wire
K3RLL 9 9 18 8 144 x1.5 216 Black Stealth HOA-Special Night-Only Vertical
KJ4R 5 5 10 5 50 x1.5 75 134' EFHW
AA2MX 4 4 8 3 24 x1.5 36 80 MTR OCF DIPOLE
W4EDN 1 1 2 1 2 x1.5 3 inv v at 50 ft
AA5AD 10 10 20 9 180 x1.5 270 G5RV inv vee up 35 feet
WI5H 4 4 8 4 32 x1.5 48 95ft loop
N7QR 2 2 4 1 4 x1.5 6 Butternut gnd mtd vert w/o radials
K8NGW 18 18 36 14 504 x1.5 756 43' gnd mtd vert w/ 32 radials
K9DRP 25 25 50 17 850 x1.5 1275 EFHW 80 @ 40 ft
WD0K 0 0 0 0 0 x1.5 0 Dipole at 25'
VE3HUR 1 1 2 1 2 x1.5 3 dipole
SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
KB1M 22 22 44 14 616 616 40M EFHW
N2CN 2 2 4 2 8 8 Attic vertical
K2OID 23 23 46 16 736 736 OCF 80M Dipole @ 235'
WA1GWH 18 17 35 13 455 455 40m dipole at 15 ft
N2ESE 5 5 10 5 50 50 20&40mtr.dipoles
KC3RN 31 31 62 19 1178 1178 G5RV Junior @ 35'
AC5XK 22 22 44 12 528 528 dipole at 40 feet
KD3FG 20 20 40 13 520 520 80m horizontal loop
N4MJ 39 37 76 22 1672 1672 40M Windom @ 40 feet
K4KRW 24 24 48 15 720 720 Inverted V @65'
K4KBL 21 21 42 14 588 588 Inverted V at 50'
WB4IT 3 3 6 3 18 18 Extended Double Zepp (doublet) @ 60'
W5WIL 11 11 22 8 176 176 inverted-v @ 35'
KA6J 5 5 10 5 50 50 Ground mounted vertical
KE5YUM 2 2 4 1 4 4 80 meter NVIS dipole @ 25 feet
KF7Z 22 21 43 19 817 817 dpl @25'
KI7LW 3 3 6 3 18 18 End Fed Vert 24 ft
WI8J 13 13 26 11 286 286 130 ft EFHW at 20 ft
WA8SAN 11 11 22 10 220 220 End fed wire @ 25 Ft
KY0Q 24 24 48 19 912 912 EFHW 35 ft, trap vertical ground mounted
AB9BZ 2 2 4 2 8 8 EFWH @ 30'
N8LA 14 14 28 11 308 308 dipole @ 35'
KQ0E 12 12 24 11 264 264 Inv-L @ 65'
WU0A 8 8 16 7 112 112 Dipole draped over the deck railing
KC2MJT 4 4 8 4 32 32 Random wire thrown off back deck, slope~16' to 6"
N0QBX 4 4 8 3 24 24 Fan Dipole at 30'
VE7YU 13 13 26 9 234 234 20M EDZ
VE3DQN 5 5 10 5 50 50 80/40 trap dipole @20ft
DK1VD 2 2 4 2 8 8 GND MTD VERT
GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
NQ2W 49 48 97 26 2522 2522 mini beam @25', 40m dipole @ 60', 80m dipole @ 50'
Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s):
$ QRO power
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|SWA - BUG CATEGORY|
|SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY|
|GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY|
|FIRST TIME ENTRANT HIGH SCORE|
|PRIZE DRAWING WINNER|
Logs submitted: 111
Total participants: 145
Total QSOs: 1491
States + Provinces represented: 41 + BC ON QC + DX
N8XMS - It's been a very busy day! I had about 6 minutes available to play and made 3 QSOs.
WB4OMM - Holy Kow!! 20M was OPEN! Could only do 30 mins tonight, but in that short time worked 23 members in 16 states! WY and CO out West, NH up North, TX to my SW and lots of Mid-America. Woowee! Maybe them sports ARE coming back! Band was pretty quiet too, although QSB was starting near the end of my session. What was really nice (other than working old friends!) was 3 of those folks ?I worked were 10K plus numbers, meaning newer members! GLAD TO SEE THAT!! Hope you all had as much fun as I did. Hope to see everyone in next month's Sprint. Stay safe! 73, Steve WB4OMM
K4KBL - Only on for an hour tonight but nice to work a few 5 digit club member. KY4ID with 11080 GREAT !!
Also nice to work old friends like W8GG with his fancy new call ;)
KC2MJT - Tonight threw a random wire off my back deck combined with my Yaesu 817. Much better results than my ICOM 703+ wired into the raingutter. Stations were narrowly spaced on both 20 and 40m I didn't have a narrow enuf filter to separate them. Not complaining. The noise level finally took it's toll and pulled the plug after 45 minutes. The NR on the 703 was missed. Tnx to WB4OMM for going the extra mile to pull me out of the ether.
AB9BZ - Good sprint, glad I tried 20M. 72 ab9bz
W1BLU - Storms just passed. Lightening crashes making reception a big problem. Tnx to all for your patience. CU Agn. 73
N0TA - Great night on 20m - 26 Q's! Thanks for the Q's. K3 @5W, doublet & vertical, Amplidan key, NAQCC SprintLogger.
N8RVE - Did not do very well this time, but still had fun.
KE3V - It was a nice night for radio.
NO2D - Thanks to those who make the sprints possible. Lots of fun but my arm got tired. I need more practice on the straight key. Pete, NO2D.
K3RLL - "It was a dark and stormy night" here in FL, or what we now call QRN, but a fun "Old Timers Night" with very familiar low, low NAQCC numbers and some really nice contacts despite the QSB/QRN. This contest is worth twice what we pay for it! 72/73 ... Don
WD0K - What band conditions??
N2CN - I wasn't going to get on the air tonight, but after reading WB4OMM's comments about 20m being open, I gave it a shot. Antenna this month is a QRPguys 40/30/20 vertical in the attic, switched to 20m. Next month hopefully will be a full sized 20m dipole.
KQ0E - 1st Monthly Sprint for me. Good fun. Thanks to Ron (AC2C) for his e-consult to help me get SprintLogger configured for an IC-705.
W1VKE - Had a little bit of time to make a few contacts. Conditions were not that great, but still had a lot of fun. Was able to get a few new people and a few old friends. Operated with my K3 into an EFHW at 5 watts. See you all next month!
WD4OHD - Tough going this evening. Nothing heard on 80m. A few weak signals on 20m (worked two, couldn't work WA from TN). A lot of noise on 40m below 7.040 MHz. Not the best of conditions. Maybe next month will be better.
N8GZ - Great night, Didn't try 20, I guess I should have! Thanks to K4KBL for his patience with me, the shorting bar on the J-38 kept moving over and shorting out the key! Thanks to all, I always enjoy this sprint!
KN1H - Never found anyone to work on 20 or 80, but 40 was busy and conditions were good. Happy Spring everyone!
KY0Q - Lots of really strong signals tonight.
KJ4WNA - My first NAQCC Sprint! Not a home run, but I had a great time getting out of my comfort zone. Thanks and 73 to everybody!
VE3KZ - Nice to get back to this activity. Thanks for all the QSO's! 73 Bob
KD3FG - Great fun! Lots of stations but the wx around me made the conditions challenging. Worked 3 on 20m, 14 on 40m, and finished with 3 on 80m. Great to work CO and IA on 40m from east coast. Fired up the trusty K2 and it still performs well.
NF8M - Op time 1/2 hour. Great sigs on 40, no need to go to 80m. Tnx QSOs.
K2CWM - Used my old (1943) Lionel str key. Fun.
Thanks for the contacts.
N8HWV - Has to be an all time hi for me at 28 QSO's. Found an open spot to run on 40m and somehow you guys heard me - Thank You. Why doesn't everyone do this? Fun!
W1ND - Wow, 40 was hopping tonight.
Usually I get most of my contacts on 80, but I got about 4x on 40.
QSB and QRN was rough, but heard and worked more in 1 hour of this sprint then the previous full sprints this year.
The time change and an early morning meeting prevents me from going the full 2 hours, but this was so much fun.
KF7Z - Good Conditions tonight on 20 and 40 here in WY, lots of signals off the east coast.
Elecraft K3s at 5w to a dipole at 25'
Thanks for the Qs 72
K4KRW - Fun night. Bands were noisy here. Heard nothing on 80m. Got a couple of 20m. Some nice signals on 40m. Great hearing everyone. FTDX101 and Begali Pearl Paddles. Thanks everyone!
KC5F - 20m was quiet but not many heard here, and 80m was way too noisy. But 40m was "just right", although still plenty of QRN. A slow start ended up better than I'd expected. Thanks, all, for another fun night!
K1MZM - 40 Meters was the hot spot tonight. Had a great time seeing some old friends and making a couple of new acquaintances.
WT4U - Unfortunately had no time to Sprint tonight so got on for two minutes and made two contacts. Sounds like a missed a good one!
KC3RN - Good conditions on 40m tonight. I gave (and received) a number of 599's. Was able to work almost the whole 2 hours. That's a first in a long time. Hope conditions continue to improve.
K9NUD - My first sprint in quite a while. I usually miss it. I started on 20M and snagged three before moving to 40. I dipped my toes in 80 for one and came back to 40 for the balance. Good signals!
NQ2W - It was nice to have 20m open for quite a bit of this sprint. I started out there and made 8 Qs. Went to 40 and made some. Then back to 20 for 5 more. I'm glad AE7TG was patient. It took us some time to complete the QSO, but we did it. Finished up on 40 and 80. Quite a few 2-banders. The new dipole on 40m seems to be working much better than my delta loops. Thanks for the Qs and thanks to the organizers. I appreciate the opportunity to participate. Looking forward to next month. 73/72, Will, NQ2W
K9DRP - First sprint with my RGO One. It's a keeper! Lots of activity on 40 so I stayed there all evening. TNX to VA3NU who stayed until I got my bug "unstuck" to complete the QSO. Noticed QSB much more with stations North/South of me than East/West. Let's do it again next month!
K7ZI - Heard no stations until about half hour after sprint started, faded in gradually. Moderate QRN at my location (rain storm moving easterly) Many stations calling those that I worked--hard to make contact with, competition high! First time worked NAQCC in about a year.
AI5EQ - This is my first NAQCC Sprint. I had a lot of fun with this because I can only work QRP right now, so I felt like this was more of a level playing field. I also enjoyed the friendly spirit.
N4MJ - Late start but a FUN evening. Thanks everyone. Several new call/numbers for me.
73 and Happy St Patrick's Day. N4MJ
KY4ID - This was my second QRP event, and once again, I'm amazed with what 5w can do. 27 states and Quebec, and a number of stations sounded like 100w. Handed out a bunch of 599's. Incredible. Farthest contact was CA. The time change gives us some action on 20m which is nice. Worked some familiar calls including my good friend WB4IT, and some new (to me) calls as well. Thank for all the QSOs! Sorry that my fist was sloppy at times. I'm a bit rusty on the straight key. Looking forward to the next one... 73, Burton
K2OID - Best conditions on 40 in a long time. Band held up all two hours. Lots of fun!
WG8Y - Hi all, had computer trouble getting logging program up. I took longer than I should have messing with it. Loaded GenLog on my laptop, 20M was open a start of Sprint but by the time I got everything going 20M was dead here. Went to 40M. Made first Q at 0121. QRN was not too bad. Went to 80M and Wow. QRN was bad. Did hear & work NQ2W for 2 bands. Tnxs Will. Went back to 40M and worked 6 more Q's at end of Sprint. 72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y
W4HH - 2 months ago 1 contact; last month 2 contacts; this month FOUR CONTACTS!! Good sigs on 40; see everyone next month.
AE7TG - Been awhile - glad I was able to make it. Sorry for being a bit rusty (and probably sloppy). I need to get practicing and sprinting regularly again. Rig is Yaesu FT-450D @ 5W, Kent Straight Key, Cushcraft Vertical. Next time, I'll try my (new to me) FT-817ND. It doesn't have the filter but I have a SCAF audio filter I can try. CU next time.
WB1GYZ - Nothing doing on 20 and 80, so 40 was the place to be... at least in NE. Lots of activity - tks for the Sprint.
VE3IIM - ..40 was in great shape here, 80 not so much. I'd like the sprint to be a little longer, maybe 30 mins on each side. Good fun all round!
KI8JY - Thanks to all for a fun night. Used 49er xcvr at 2W output with HB VFO (40m only). First time with 49er in a contest. Connected HB BP filter to 49er audio output for better QRM rejection. 73 - KI8JY
VA3NU - Great signals tonite on 40M. Some true 599 rpts. Till next month 72.
KK4ITX - 20m was a disaster hr. Unbelievable noises, echos and phones ringing ? Clear frequency for 10 minutes and then someone at 599 for 5 seconds.
40m better & picked up a new QRP State. Good time !
N7QR - 63rd sprint - KX3 @ 5 Watts, 1958 Vibroplex, Butternut HF6V
gnd mtd vert w/o radials. 20 was open as it is now still
daylight here and heard a number of stations there but most
too weak. 40 was OK, nothing on 80. Russ, Portland OR
N0IPA - Noise was really rough in the snowstorm in CO. Thanks all the chasers who stuck with me and all the ???'s.
N2RIC - I had "Daddy duty" for my sick 9-year old. Little guy got hit with a stomach bug that had him getting sick most of the evening. After I got him to sleep, I got on for the last 5 minutes and made one quick QSO with NQ2W before the clock struck 0230UTC.
I'll try again next month! de Rich, N2RIC
W2JEK - WAS ON FROM THE BEGINNING. STARTED ON 20 WITH5 QSO, THEN 40 FOR 12 QSO W AND FINISHED ON 80 WITH 7 QSO. RIG KNWD 570D AND SPEEDX STR KEY
HAD FUN 72/73 DON W2JEK
VE7YU - Good to see the bands improving.Twenty was good but closed quickly.Forty was noisy with QSB.Nothing on 80
K3 20M EDZ.
WX4RM - Daylight Savings Time helped with making contacts on 20 meters, and was happy to be heard in IA, CO, WY, and TX. The QSO with AI5EQ was special in that it was his first NAQCC sprint, and that he was using just a hamstick! Love it when 20 is open. Thanks to all who pulled my little peanut whistle out of the noise.
NN3E - Thanks everyone for the QSO..
Signal were strong tonight .
72 Kevin NN3E
KE5YUM - Great conditions on 20, the best I've heard in a long while. It enjoyable to see 20 open after dark here in Arkansas. FT 817 and Vibroplex Vibrokeyer.. All the best, Terry
KA6J - My first time using the new x5105. So far so good! Lots of noise on the band tonight. Thanks to all who pulled me out. I will be ready for the next sprint.
W4EDN - wow, lowest i ever did 1 contact on 20m an i rarely use 20m.
KC3MIO - It was nice to have 20 open at the start from NE PA. Only two contacts there, but they were my most distant (BC and FL). I floundered around in the first 30 minutes, but there was a lot of action on 40 for the next hour plus. Looking at a QSO map, my contacts on 40 were on a NE/SW axis and also to the NW. Nice to hear so many solid QRP signals. With the solar cycle in full swing and gaining 30 minutes of daytime per month, I expect that 20 will be open for most of the sprint in coming months, so here's hoping for transcontinental QSOs and maybe even some DX. As usual, thanks to all my contacts and thanks to the NAQCC. And Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!
K4BAI - 20M was wide open at the start for the first time in months. 40 was pretty good with the skip gradually getting longer. There was some bothersome QRN from the front that moved through here later in the night. I tried 80M twice, but got no answers and heard only two unidentified stations working each other. Thanks for all QSOs.
K8NGW - Spent the 1st half hour on 20M with good propagation South and West (yay cycle 25). Moved to 40M where there was lots of noise but also lots of signals! Never made it to 80M. Yet again, another well spent 2 hours.
W8GG - Hello Fellow Sprinters! I fired up the rig on solar pwr last night at 5 w to the trap dipoles. Key was a E.F. Johnson J-38. Good condx and time change helped make 20m lots of fun. I switched between 20 and 40 for the night. Odd propagation from Mich as i didnt work any of the New England stns that would normally grace the log. Yet Worked many of the "Ol Gang" , and some new members too. Welcome aboard to WU0A #10264 and AI5EQ #10951. I noticed that there are quite a few very FB ops in our ranks. Hope that trend continues ! Till next time 73 Gregg W8GG
K3JZD - Nice turnout. Being an hour earlier made 40m usable. QRN & QSB showed up here in WPA during the second hour. I was distracted by an intermittent connection in my key - the common goes though a bearing, which seems to be the culprit. K4 @ 4.9w - 40m Dipole and 80m EFRW. Jody - K3JZD
AD0YM - It was an evening of interruptions in during the heart of the sprint. Still, I was able to operate during the first and last half hour. Twenty meters was good early. Forty meters was quite noisy by the end. 73, Mike
WB9HFK - 40M for the entire 2 Hours this Month! Thanks for all the Q's!
72, Mark WB9HFK
KD3CA - Band's were pretty good here, but a lot of QRN at times. Worked all on 40 mtrs Many tnx to all for the call's. SRI I did miss a few in the QRN . Was fun as usual , even managed a couple good chats. 73 to all Don
KA2KGP - A very nice NA Sprint. Bands were in good shape here in WNY, even 20 meter sfor the first 1/2 hour. Rig: IC-7000 at 5w. into G5RV up 25 ft. w/ old WWII German Junkers straight key. 73
KB1M - On 20 it seemed that the stations worked were not hearing me as well as I hearing them, on 40 it seemed to be the opposite because of the QRN here. Had a very fun evening, like eating a box of chocolates without the guilt. 72, Walt
AA5LH - Only had a short time for ops this evening. 20M was active and I stayed with it. Take care everyone. 72's.
AA5AD - My first NAQCC event, had a blast, will be back for more.
AK3X - Not a whole lot of time and my keying hand was all bandaged up from an injury but had fun anyway. 72 to all.
K3CTN - Conditions were reasonable, just did a little hunt and pounce. I had trouble updating the database; gave me "Max Mbr Nr in DB: 0". Did anyone else have this trouble ?
W9YO - Great 40M band conditions. Amazing how 3W, a battery and simple wire dipole can perform so well on QRP CW.
N5GW - KX3, hb straight key, hb tuner to doublet. I was thrilled to hear 20M open, including many good strong signals. Presumably the opening was due to an earlier start (daylight savings time) plus improving solar activity. I was on the air only for the first hour, but remained on 20M because the band stayed open the whole time!
WA2FBN - Not much time to operate tonight. Bands were pretty noisy. 73 Ken WA2FBN
N2AWE - Tough night. Didn't hear a lot of stations. Was trying something new. Used my Icom 7300 turned down to 5 watts. Think I like my Elecraft K2 for better for QRP work.
KQ1P - I decided to work 20m until it faded out...that didn't take too long. 73!
W2SH - Although the change to daylight saving time brought another hour of evening daylight, 20m did not seem to have greatly benefited. It was open but quite unstable with lots of QSB, and I only made four QSOs. On 40m the skip was very short, and although I've often worked W2JEK, 30 miles distant, on 80m, tonight was the first time we QSO'd on 40m. In the final half hour the skip had considerably lengthened and I had
QSOs with CO, WY and Germany. One look at 80m showed almost no signals and heavy QRN. This was the first sprint in which I
didn't make a single 80m QSO.
W0LMS - I thought I had my antenna issues resolved, I could hear ops but no one heard me, my swr is low, more testing required. Hope to be heard next month. On a positive note, spring has sprung in Minnesota! 73 de W0LMS
N8LA - KX3; 5W; 200' Dipole Up 35'; NAQCCode Warrior. Exhausting week. My flip phone 3G no longer functioned. Added iPhone handheld vice with its sin card soul to my numerous other vices. On day of sprint spent 5 hours assembling cat tree to replace the one our cats trashed within 2 years. Only wanted to get on sprint to make a few Qs. Was amazed to be able to make Qs on 20 (including with Da PREZ!) as well as on 40 and 80. Go Figure! Best wishes to all of you and all of your loved ones. Until next time, Lou N8LA
KN4RQD - Heavy storms while operating from a barrier island off the North Carolina coast. Lots of sand, QRN, and only two contacts ... but still fun.
KN2G - 40 was the place to be so I parked there for the whole night. Couple of dupes.... I wasn't at my best but still had fun. Love the 2 hour sandbox!
WA1GWH - Nice to be back in the monthly. I've had EMI racket since just after the November sprint and decided to just not listen to it while trying to copy. Seems to have subsided. Conditions were quite good on 40m for March I would say. Stations to work right up through 10 PM EDT when I quit. Thanks for the contacts! 72, Garry WA1GWH